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When Good Enough Makes a Project Early Enough or: Don’t Try to Be On Time!

May 13, 2010

Speaker: Jorge Boria, Sr. Vice-President International Process Improvement Services, Liveware

Have you ever planned a trip very carefully and found yourself ahead of schedule at some point in the road? Did this cause you to stop until plan and actual were synchronized again? If you are like most of us, you probably continued to drive leisurely and arrived at your destination early. Maybe, if the appointment was for a very precise time, you drove around a bit once you had made sure that under all odds, you could make the appointment, but not before!

So why do we behave so differently in software development projects? Why is it that if we are early for a task we simply drag our feet and plod along until we have exhausted the time allotted for the task?

This talk tells the story of Pete. He was my fellow process improvement coach in an international company and had an extraordinary record of 12 projects on time and under budget in his two preceding years. His secret was simple, yet powerful. Using a combination of Walkthroughs, Technical Peer Reviews and Inspections he could steer the project to end… Early!

About the Speaker:
Mr. Boria holds a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from Cornell University. He is a Certified High Maturity SCAMPI Lead Appraiser for SCAMPI A and an Authorized Trainer of the Introduction to the CMMI (DEV and SVC constellations) class by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie-Mellon University. He works for the SEI as a Visiting Scientist, in the role of Qualified Observer of Candidate Lead Appraisers in the Quality Group and Candidate Instructors in the Instruction Group. Mr. Boria has performed a range of roles from programmer to technical program manager in diverse domains including embedded software, operating systems, compiler construction, MIS, and general IT applications. Mr. Boria is a popular presenter with over 200 activities at conferences, seminars, and as invited speaker. He has authored two published books on Software Development. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Meeting Agenda:
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcements
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Door Prize, Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn

Meeting Location:
Microsoft Technology Center: Austin
Stonebridge Plaza—Building One
9606 North Mopac, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759