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[ANN] Agile Bazaar Meeting: Agile Life Science Project: A Customer Experience

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    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 16 9:08 PM

      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

      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

      (Early Bird discount till Jan 22. See agilebazaar.org for details!)

      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

      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

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

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