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Agile Bazaar - Boston Feb 4 speaker Amir Elfar

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  • Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
    What: New England Agile Bazaar February meeting Topic: Agile Life Science Project: A Customer Experience Speaker: Amir Elfar When: Thursday Feb 4, 6 -
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15, 2010
      What: New England Agile Bazaar February meeting
      Topic: Agile Life Science Project: A Customer Experience
      Speaker: Amir Elfar
      When: Thursday Feb 4, 6 - 9pm
      Where: IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman Street, North Entrance,
      Waltham, MA
      Cost: Free including food, courtesy of our sponsors

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      Details and RSVP at http://www.agilebazaar.org

      Topic Abstract:
      MedAvante needed to streamline its system for scheduling and recording
      psychological assessments in central nervous system drug trials. Eleven
      months had passed in the due diligence process, between initial
      requirements gathering and project kick-off, so from the outset the
      development team needed to adapt to ongoing change. Their Agile
      approach not only suited the development group to meet this challenge,
      but offered other advantages:
      working demonstrations every two weeks, ability to reprioritize
      requirements along the way, and high visibility of progress.

      Adjustments to the Agile focus were needed because of the regulated
      environment - including compliance requirements and formal review /
      sign-off just before UAT, after the final sprint - but these proved minor
      compared to the benefits of flexibility and transparency. Key elements
      of the project's success were: (a) planning and developing in two-week
      increments, (b) dedicated project manager, (c) co-location of the entire
      team (business analysts, developers, testers, and others), (c) close
      collaboration between the development team and the business, (d) ongoing
      exploratory testing by users, (e) involvement of validation experts from
      very early in the project.

      Our Speaker:
      Amir ElFar has more than 15 years of Information Technology experience
      with a focus on infrastructure architecture and development management.
      Before joining MedAvante, Amir was the VP of Network Services at IDT, a
      Fortune 1000 multinational communications company headquartered in
      Newark, NJ. At IDT, Amir managed a staff of more than 85 professionals,
      overseeing all aspects of IP voice/data, systems and storage engineering,
      databases, information security, desktop support, and 24/7 global network
      operations. He provided oversight for several large-scale global
      projects, and was responsible for all aspects of IT strategic planning
      for more than 100 locations across North America, Europe, Middle East,
      Asia, and Latin America.

      Amir holds a BS in Computer Science from New Jersey City University and
      an EMBA from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

      Upcoming meetings:

      Friday, 02/26/10: Bud Phillips and Michael Hamman
      An Integral Framework for Leading Agile/Lean Capabilities

      Thursday, 03/04/10: Chris Sterling

      Thursday, 04/01/10: Mario Moreira

      Please visit Agile Bazaar website for more details and to register for
      the course.

      About Agile Bazaar:
      New England Agile Bazaar is the leading community of Agile enthusiasts,
      practitioners and learners in New England. Based in Boston, we are
      committed to fostering a greater knowledge of Agile values and practices.
      We are a learning community focused on broadening our own understanding
      as well as spreading that knowledge to the broader community of
      professionals in the area.

      New England Agile Bazaar is both an Agile Alliance affiliate and an ACM

      Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, Lean-Agile Partners Inc.

      781 301 1822 US mobile


      Specialties: Agile coaching for Embedded Systems, for Data Migrations,
      and for leadership of Lean-Agile change organization wide
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