Sander Hoogendoorn | Principal Technology Officer and Global Agile Thought Leader | CapGemini
This session was presented at Camp Digital 2012


Death by dogma versus assembling agile

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Almost all organizations, large and small, are turning towards agile to escape failing traditional software development projects. Due to the strong increase in popularity of agile approaches and techniques, many newcomers are entering the field of agile coaching.

During this challenging talk Sander Hoogendoorn, global agile thought leader at Capgemini, shows what happens with organizations and projects which are coached by well-willing consultants with little experience. Often this leads to very dogmatic thinking which blocks the use of more elaborate techniques, tools and technology in agile projects, even when these would really improve projects. Due to this lack of experience and the growing dogmatism in the agile beliefs, more and more agile projects will fail.

Sander will also show that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all agile. Different organizations and different projects require different agile approaches. Sometimes lightweight agile, user stories, simple planning and estimation is just fine. But in many projects the way of working used should be built up from more enterprise ready approaches, such as Smart or FDD, smart use cases, standardized estimation, multiple distributed teams and on-line dashboards. During this talk Sander demonstrates how to assemble an agile approach that is specifically suitable for YOUR project, of course with many examples from real-life agile implementations.

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About Sander

In his role of principal technology officer and global agile thought leader at Capgemini, Sander Hoogendoorn is continuously involved in the innovation of software development processes, techniques, architectures, patterns, frameworks and technologies, both at Capgemini and its many international clients.

Sander has coached many organizations and projects, has written books on UML and agile and published over 200 articles in international magazines. Sander is a member of Microsoft's Partner Advisory Council for .NET and several other editorial and advisory boards, and he is the chief architect of Capgemini's agile software development platform Accelerated Delivery Platform (ADP).

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