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    ******************************************************************** Seminar on April 25th and 26th Deep Agile 2009: Agile for Embedded Systems
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      Seminar on April 25th and 26th
      Deep Agile 2009: Agile for Embedded Systems

      Are you unemployed? About to be?

      Hardship discounts are available for Deep Agile 2009 for those who
      wish to learn about modern embedded software development techniques
      and to network.

      Due to strong sponsorship and great speakers, our Deep Agile event
      for April 25-26 has passed the "break even" point. As a community
      based nonprofit professional group we can now afford to help more
      people attend this first of its kind event. In light of the current
      economic situation, we are offering discounted hardship tickets,
      priced at $75.00 for those who are unemployed, about to become un-
      employed, or who have some similarly difficult circumstance. Don't
      wait - it's first-come-first-served and seats are limited.

      Please contact us (via hardship request link at www.agilebazaar.org)
      and include "hardship request" in the subject field to request a
      hardship discount. Continental breakfasts, lunches, and Saturday
      dinner are included in the price. (Note that Saturday dinner seats
      are limited and will soon be gone.)


      Listen to Nancy Van Schooenderwoert and James Grenning:

      Recently Nancy V caught up with James Grenning to find out what he's
      planning to present at Deep Agile 2009. The conversation is captured
      in this podcast (see link above). James describes how he'll get a
      whole room full of people doing TDD (Test Driven Development)
      together. He also discusses his experiences with real embedded teams
      transitioning to agile, including the issues they encounter trying
      to test with hardware in the loop.

      Perfect Software
      copyright Jack Ganssle, used with permission

      Micrium, the company that sells the very popular uC/OS-II real-time
      operating system, now has versions of that RTOS for many processors
      that have either a memory management unit (MMU) or a memory
      protection unit (MPU).

      I'll get to some details about MMUs and MPUs shortly. But first let
      me paraphrase an interesting conversation I had with Jean Labrosse,
      Micrium's president, about his philosophy about the use of a memory

      For the rest of the story.... visit http://www.agilebazaar.org/


      TDD Stepping Stones

      Imagine you are trying to cross a mountain stream. You could make a
      running leap and get to the other side. Sometimes that works, other
      times you get wet. When there are rocks sticking out of the rushing
      water, you can step from rock to rock and get across the stream
      without getting wet. Sure there are some streams you can jump across,
      go ahead and jump. Other streams require a more careful approach.

      TDD is like the more careful approach, hopping from stone to stone.
      The diagram below represents the journey of two programmers, adding
      a new feature. The TDD approach means some effort is expended
      orthogonally to the ideal path, the straight line. Once on the other
      side you are done without the risk of being swept away by a mistake
      that leads to a long debugging session.

      For diagram and rest of the article, visit:


      Announcing: Deep Agile 2009: Agile for Embedded Systems
      Sponsored by Agile Bazaar, New England's agile community hub

      Join us for a two-day deep dive into Agile practices for
      embedded systems. We'll get beyond superficial prescriptions
      and cookbook advice to understand how a methodology that demands
      extreme flexibility can work in an environment known for its
      rigidity. Jack Ganssle has the deep experience to pose the kinds
      of challenging questions all embedded folk want to ask, and
      James Grenning and Russel Hill have been practicing embedded agile
      programming long enough to give us answers grounded in experience,
      that is, *embedded* experience!

      Host: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, founder of Lean-Agile Partners,

      Another good reason to attend the Seminar -- Get a FREE book!

      All attendees receive a copy of "Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code
      Review", a collection of practical essays from industry experts
      giving specific techniques for effective peer code review. Jack
      Ganssle describes it as: "A very well-written 164 page book that's a
      fascinating read. The benefits of inspections are so profound that
      even the smallest outfits must take advantage of this technique."


      When: Saturday, April 25th - Sunday, April 26th, 2009
      Where: Cambridge, MA
      Register at http://deepagile2009.eventbrite.com/
      Regular registration: $545 through April 18th, 2009
      Just in time: $685 through April 25th, 2009

      Group discount, Hardship, Student and Academic staff:
      Check http://deepagile2009.eventbrite.com/

      Save a further $50 by entering this discount code when
      you register: ScrumDevGrp_Emb_09

      Session titles for Saturday April 25th, 2009
      1. Overcoming Embedded Challenges with Agile
      2. Agile Test Techniques for Embedded
      3. Continuous Integration as Foundation for Speed
      4. Jack's Practical Tips for Building Real Time Embedded Systems
      5. TDD in C: Doing It!
      6. Test Driving Next to the Hardware

      Session titles for Sunday April 26th, 2009
      1. Design by Contract
      2. Teamwork: the Prerequisite to Team Autonomy
      3. Incremental Delivery: Impossibility or Opportunity?
      4. Case Study: Keys to Agile Success at Key
      5. The big Hairy Monster: Legacy Code
      6. Things That Count Can't be Counted - or Can They?
      7. Agile Do or Don't

      For details on the sessions, visit http://www.agilebazaar.org


      Jack Ganssle - One of the best-known authorities in the embedded
      world; veteran of over 100 embedded projects, author of six books,
      and hundreds of articles, Jack consults to NASA and to industry
      leading companies worldwide. Jack's site: http://www.ganssle.com/

      James Grenning - An original author of the Manifesto for Agile
      Software Development, James is a seasoned extreme programming coach
      and trainer, coaching his first XP team in 1999. James was trained
      by the guys that started it all. He has written many articles and
      speaks regularly at the Embedded Systems Conference and Agile
      James' site: http://www.renaissancesoftware.net/

      Russel Hill - Senior Software Engineer at Key Technology Inc.,
      Russel has been applying XP and Scrum practices for 10 years
      in tough real-world embedded projects.

      Gold Level Sponsors:
      Symphony Services, http://www.symphonysv.com/
      Rally Software, http://www.rallydev.com/

      Silver Level Sponsors:
      Constant Contact, http://www.constantcontact.com
      VersionOne, http://www.versionone.com/
      SmartBear Software, http://smartbear.com/

      Bronze Level Sponsor:
      Accurev, http://www.accurev.com/

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