EOL Experiences with Agile SCRUM

Date and Time: 
2011 Oct 20th @ 3:10pm
CG1-1210 South Auditorium
Sandra Thurn and Greg Stossmeister

This presentation will focus on how the EOL Computing Data and Software services facility (CDS) is using Agile Scrum to achieve project successes amid field campaign deployments and multitasking.

Scrum is often referred to as the “project management” of the Agile development family.  Although the general function of organizing the work, i.e., “managing the project” is there, the approach is very different from traditional project management.  Scrum was created by: Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, and Mike Beedle. All three helped create and signed the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

Speaker Description: 

Sandra Thurn is a project manager for EOL.  Her responsibilities include managing technical projects, developing project management process guidelines, and fostering a project management culture within EOL. As an electrical engineer, she managed technical projects and software teams in the aerospace industry prior to joining NCAR in 2009. She has bachelor’s degrees in theoretical mathematics and electrical engineering, and master’s degrees in systems engineering and business. She is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Greg Stossmeister heads the Collaborative Tools and Metadata Group in EOL.  His group focuses on data management and field project operations. Greg has a BS in Physics and MS in Meteorology.  His scientific research has been focused on tropical and mesoscale meteorological research.  His software engineering experience areas are scientific analysis, data visualization, and file system management.

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