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Mtg: Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Two Case Studies of Optimal Development Processes for Startups, Large Companies

by @ 8:53 am. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY June 4, 2009
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: John Carter, Principal, TCGen Inc.
Time: Guided Networking at 6:30 PM, Sandwiches/drinks at 7:15 PM, Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $10 (IEEE member), $13 (non member) (add $3 without reservation)
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: through the website

How much process is just right for a rapidly scaling software? development organization??? Too much process can stifle creativity and slow down development, resulting in products that miss the market.?? Too little process often results in changing definition, team?confusion and resource misalignment, resulting in delays in time? to market.? In a little over 90 days a product development process was implemented ? in a startup organization of approximately 100 people that resulted in? programs that beat their schedule estimates.? This was achieved by a? philosophy of “inch wide, mile deep’ implementation of only three key ?elements, that if implemented well are necessary and sufficient to drive ?fast cycle time: Simplified Product Definition, Consensus driven cross? functional schedule, and Concept Management Review.? And a single management metric â?? Behavioral Change â?? which supports the ?implementation of this methodology so one tangibly can see the ?behavioral change.? Nothing else.? Nada.??
The presentation will describe the case study of the implementation of ?these best practices, how the organization actually liked and leveraged the process, and the beneficial impact of the results. But this work is ?not just for start-ups â?? a contrast will be provided of a successful?implementation of the same methodology for an organization of 6,000?engineers.? Specific examples of the metrics and deliverables will be presented, and ?attendees will gain knowledge that they can immediately begin? implementing in their companies.
Guided Networking â?? Product Development Process â?? too much, too little
Attendees are encouraged to think about the nightâ??s theme â?? the process of product development projects.? Weâ??ll discuss examples from attendees experiences.? In the process get to know fellow meeting attendees.

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