Software GR presents
The Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference
May 5, 2014 | Grand Rapids, MI
Keynote Address: Rich Sheridan, Author Joy, Inc., President & CEO, Menlo Innovations
Multiple presentations from software professionals | Networking and learning from opening to close
2014 Featured Themes
Track 1: Craftsmanship and tools
Being a top notch developer requires the right tools, an amazing process and developers that are eager to learn and improve. Talks will focus on the best tools for the job, current processes and staying at the top of your game.
Track 2: Team Integration
Software complexity is rising. The needs of products and organizations require more than only development. Companies are levering cross-discipline teams to make world class products. Attendees can expect experienced reports on how to manage this complexity.
Call for speakers! If you're interested in giving a talk at GLSEC 2014, and are passionate about the topics of Craftsmanship & Tools and Team Integration, we want to hear from you.
Keynote Speaker: Rich Sheridan
From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, “outlier” Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science ’80, MS Computer Engineering ’82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn’t invent a new culture, but copied an old one …Edison’s Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford’s recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!
Some call it agile, some call it lean…Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results… business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™. Sheridan was enlisted by Portfolio at Penguin and wrote a book about all he has learned about the effect of a culture focused on Joy.”
Abstract of Talk: The Business Value of Joy
Methodologies practiced The Menlo Way™ are both joyful and disciplined. This session includes a discussion of iterative and incremental development, estimation, planning, and work authorization as described in “Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
Culture: How to ensure the right team, a learning environment, client involvement, and leadership.
Methodology: How to define your environment by joy using the following practices – pairing, High-Tech Anthropology®, open and collaborative workspace, daily stand-up, making mistakes faster, doing the simplest thing possible, hands-on visual planning, estimation without fear, integrated quality advocacy, and test-driven development.
GLSEC will be held at the Prince Center, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Address: 1800 East Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
We're still firming up our 2014 program, and are currently in search of speakers. The full program and details will be announced in spring 2014.
GLSEC is Software GR's annual conference for makers, business people, students, faculty…or anyone interested in striving for excellence in software.