About Us

Agile Software Development

Agile software development is a programming and project management approach that provides:

  • Rapid delivery of production quality code through a higher quality of communication and focus.

 

  • A development process based on continuous improvement, in which practitioners use feedback to evolve practices to work in their situation.

 

  • Fully tested and documented, production-quality code delivered incrementally like clockwork.

 

  • Delivery cycles typically of only 2 to 4 weeks.

 

Key Concepts

 

  • Agile is an umbrella term for the ideas, principles and practices of cheap Lexapro an evolving collection of people. Their shared goal is to improve the software development process which is widely understood to be dysfunctional. Agile commonly includes Lean, Scrum, XP and other popular categories. For more information see The Agile Alliance; The Agile Manifesto

 

  • Lean is a term referring to the Toyota Production System (TPS) which has evolved over many decades. Lean software development was not derived from Lean but it could have been. That is, all of the Agile practices are consistent with Lean principles. Lean focuses on value, flow, elimination of waste, optimizing the whole, continuous improvement and more. For it's application to software development, see the works of Mary and Tom Poppendieck.  Their latest book is "Leading Lean Software Development". 

 

  • Scrum, a term from the game of Rugby, is a framework for communication and focus among members of a cross-functional, self-organizing and self-managing creative team; and between that team and those paying for their creativity - the other stakeholders. Those stake holders include business management and customers.

 

  • Extreme Programming (XP) was developed by Kent Beck and others. XP is the first Agile methodology to have a book devoted to it: “Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck. It describes the core engineering practices essential to any Agile software development work. This includes continuous, integration, testing, code review, refactoring, and much more. A good resource for getting started with XP is: Extreme Programming: A gentle introduction.

Contact Us

President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Webmaster: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Membership: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Program: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registrar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Volunteers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsorship: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Us

Agile New England is the leading community of Agile and Lean enthusiasts, practitioners and learners in New England. Based in Boston, we are committed to fostering a greater knowledge of the Agile and Lean values, principles and practices. Our goals are to broaden the understanding and professionalism of our members, and to increase the effectiveness and competitiveness of software development organizations in New England.

Agile New England is affiliated with the ACM and with the Agile Alliance.

History

Agile New England (originally Agile Bazaar) was founded in June of 2002 when Ken Schwaber called a meeting at a hotel in Burlington. He was acting on behalf of the Agile Alliance board in their mission to seed local chapters of Agile Alliance. The founding members present for that first meeting were Mike Dwyer, Stephen McDonald, Ron Morsicato, Ken Schwaber, Tom Stambaugh, Jeff Sutherland, and Nancy Van Schooenderwoert. The organization was renamed €œAgile New England€ in January 2011.

Activities

We hold meetings the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. These meetings explore a wide variety of Agile practices and methodologies, for both beginners and advanced practitioners. The monthly meetings are free of charge, and include a light dinner, courtesy of our sponsors.

We also organize special events during the year, including an annual Deep Agile conference. You can register for next month's meeting here, and browse information on past events on the past events page.

Membership

Membership is open to everyone and is free of charge. You can register as a member here.

Sponsorship

We would like to acknowledge our sponsors: CodeGenesys/ScrumDo, Constant Contact, Eliassen Group, FreeStanding Agility, Richard Kasperowski, ScrumInc, SolutionsIQ and VersionOne.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Board of Directors

The board members for the 2017-2018 year are:

 President:  Shyam Kumar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Vice President:  Richard Kasperowski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Secretary:  Ethan Strominger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Treasurer:  David Grabel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Past President:  Tom Woundy  
 IT Team Chair:  David Kramer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Program Chair:  Richard Kasperowski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Membership Chair:  Nancy Van Schooenderwoert This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Registration Chair:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Marketing & Sponsorships:   Jon Friedman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Volunteers Chair:  Gloria Shepardson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Thanks

In addition to our regular sponsors, we would like to thank the following organizations:

 

Scrum.org

Scrum.org is the home of Scrum, and is leading the evolution and maturity of Scrum to improve the profession of software development.  They let us use their space for our Board meetings and special events.

 

LeanKit

LeanKit provided us with a complimentary multi-user license for LeanKit Kanban Advanced. We are using it for both Agile New England needs and additionally for planning and tracking events such as Agile Games. It helps us out tremendously by keeping stories, tasks, and deadlines organized and trackable.

 

Sococo

Sococo recreates the personal proximity and functionality of a physical office needed by teams in an online experience. Sococo provided us with complimentary user licenses so that we could use it to hold meetings for Agile Games and Mob Programming event planning along with Agile New England board meetings.

 

Boston Product Management Association (BPMA)

The mission of the Boston Product Management Association is to enhance the professional development of product management and product marketing professionals in the Greater Boston area by offering skills training, job resources, mentoring, educational seminars, and networking opportunities.

 

Pearson Professional

Pearson Professional provides us with books for our monthly meeting raffle, as well as discounts on their products to our members.

Terms Of Use

Terms Of Use
  • Your use of this Web site (the "Site") is conditional on your acceptance of these Terms of Use. Your use of this Site indicates your acknowledgment of and agreement with these terms. If you do not agree to be bound by and to comply with the terms of this notice, you may not access or use this Web site.
  • You are authorized to view and print material on the Site solely for your webmd own personal and noncommercial use, subject to all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices. Any other use of materials on this Site, including reproduction, modifications, distribution, republication, transmission, re-transmission or public showing, without the prior written permission of Agile New England is prohibited.
  • Agile New England does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, quality, validity, completeness or suitability of the Site for any purpose whatsoever. Agile New England does not warrant or guarantee that the Site will be free of infection, contagious or not, by viruses, worms, Trojan horses or any other contaminating or destructive properties. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of this Site and the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, validity and quality of any information is with you.
  • The views expressed by individuals on this web site are those of the individuals, not of Agile New England. Agile New England does not endorse the views, products or services of individuals, sponsors, or participants at events.

Code of Conduct

From Article XI of Agile New England Bylaws

  1. Harassment is unwelcome or hostile behavior, including speech that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person's participation or opportunity for participation, in a conference, event or program. Harassment in any form, including but not limited to harassment based on alienage or citizenship, age, color, creed, disability, marital status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth- and pregnancy-related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, gender, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other status protected by laws in which the chapter meeting or chapter event is being held, will not be tolerated. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual attention. A response that the participant was “just joking,” or “teasing,” or being “playful,” will not be accepted.
  2. Anyone witnessing or subject to unacceptable behavior should notify a chapter officer or ACM Headquarters.
  3. Individuals violating these standards may be sanctioned or excluded from further participation at the discretion of the chapter officers or responsible committee members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Agile New England:

  • Was this organization formerly called Agile Bazaar?
    • Yes. The chapter changed its name from Agile Bazaar to Agile New England in January 2011.

Monthly Meetings:

  • Is there food at the meetings?
    • Yes! All of our meetings are catered. It's often either pizza or sandwiches and soda.

  • What is the timing of the meetings?
    • 5:30-6:50 – Networking and Food
    • 5:45-6:45 - Scrum Master/Coach Meetup
    • 6:00-6:30 - Agile Dojo
    • 6:00-6:45 - Agile 101
    • 6:50-7:00 – Opening Remarks
    • 7:00-8:20 – Main Presentation
    • 8:20-8:30 - Feedback, announcements & Raffle
    • 8:30-9:00 – More Networking

Volunteering:

  • How can I volunteer to help Agile New England?
    • Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • What kind of volunteers does the Agile New England need?
    • People with enthusiasm who want to learn more about the most exciting area in software development!

Speakers and Topics Proposals:

  • How can I propose Agile New England speakers (including myself) and topics?
    • Please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sponsorship:

  • How can I become an Agile New England Sponsor?
    • Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sponsoring Organizations:

  • Relationship of Agile New England and the ACM?
    • Agile New England became chartered as an ACM Chapter in July 2007. This provides Agile New England substantial benefits including a non-profit tax status, legal liability umbrella coverage, the substantial prestige of the ACM, the ACM as a marketing channel and source of speakers for our public meetings and seminars.

  • Relationship of Agile New England and the Agile Alliance?
    • Agile New England was founded as an Agile Alliance Affiliate by Ken Schwaber circa 2003 when he was leading AA's activity of encouraging local Agile groups. Agile Alliance covers some costs for bringing Agile speakers to local events. Agile Alliance's non-profit tax status does not permit it to pass that down as ACM can.

Agile Software Development:

  • Where can I learn more about Agile Software Development (SWD)?
    • The number of sources of Agile SWD information has been exploding - matching the growth in interest in the subject. The downside of this explosive growth - the quality varies considerably. One source to start with is the Agile Alliance website. For good initial description see: What is Agile Software Development?

Website Features:

  • How can I change my password?
    1. Log in
    2. Click on User Profile from the Members Only section of the menu. You will see your publicly visible profile.
    3. Click on Edit/Update your profile. You will see your full profile in three different tabs.
    4. Click on Contact Info tab. You will see, among other fields, a field to put in a new password, and another to verify it. Fill those in.
    5. Click on Update button below the form.

Agile New England Bylaws:

Privacy Policy

Agile New England is committed to maintaining secure systems within which your personal information remains protected.

  • Access to the public areas of this web site is free and does not require you to provide us with any personal information.
  • This site uses cookies only to maintain state during the registration processes.
  • The views expressed by participants at Agile New England events and individuals on the web site are those of the individuals, not of Agile New England. Agile New England does not endorse the views, products or services of participants at chapter events, sponsors, or individuals on the web site.
  • Information you disclose to Agile New England may be transmitted to sponsors of certain specific events, but only in compliance with a disclosure we provide to you at the time of registration. As part of our agreement with this event's sponsors, some of your personal information may be transmitted to sponsors to enable them to assess future participation in our events, or to contact you with information about their offerings. After that transmission takes place, usually within a few days after the event, you cannot withdraw consent for your personal information, associated with that event, to be transmitted to that event's sponsors.
  • Some of our events might be recorded, either in audio, or video, or photographically, or any combination thereof. If you wish not to be recorded in video, we do make reasonable attempts to provide seating that will not be subject to video recording, but we cannot ensure that such seating will be available. Nor can we ensure that you will not appear in a video recording if you are outside such seating area. For events that are subject to photography or audio recording, such photography and audio recording is unrestricted.
  • If you pay by credit card through our online registration and payment system, Agile New England will not keep complete credit card information longer than is required to verify and post the charge to your account.
  • Agile New England maintains databases of membership and event registration transactions for financial and membership management and benefits purposes only. Access to this information is protected by allowing only authorized volunteers to log into the system with password protection.
  • We may log your IP address, operating system, browser and other technical information for statistical purposes and for the purpose of identifying, preventing and responding to fraudulent registrations or attempts to compromise the security of our systems.
  • Where compelled by way of a court order or other enforceable legal instrument, we will disclose information held within our systems.
  • While we take reasonable precautions against disclosure, Agile New England cannot guarantee that our security precautions will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your personally identifiable information.
  • These policies are subject to change.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy policy, you may contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subcategories