Software Development Experts James Shore and Diana Larsen to Teach Grant-Funded Training Courses on Agile Development Techniques

Federal grant will make specialized training on Agile programming techniques available to engineers and managers at reduced costs

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Portland, Oregon, September 29, 2008 - James Shore and Diana Larsen will teach two grant-funded courses on Agile development techniques in Portland in October. The courses are offered through the Software Association of Oregon (SAO) and Worksystems, Inc (WSI). This training is funded, in part, with Employer Workforce Training Funds, a Federal grant, administered by the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

"Agile" refers to collaborative processes that improve software quality as well as the efficiency of the development process. Portland has one of the highest concentration of internationally recognized Agile development experts in the world.

James Shore stated, "The entire software industry is moving towards utilizing Agile for all sorts of projects, including product development as well as proprietary applications. Using Agile methods, developers do their work more productively, have more fun doing it, and produce excellent quality software in less time."

Heather Ficht, Senior Project Manager for WSI, said, "Business representatives from the software industry have identified Agile development as a key training need for their industry. Worksystems is excited to be able to support this training need for existing workers in software industry with workforce training funds."

The topics are:

  • "The Art of Agile Planning" covers everything a manager or team member needs to understand about planning development projects that utilize agile processes. This is an excellent introductory course for people who are new to agile techniques.

  • "The Art of Agile Delivery" will explain how to best involve customers and testers in the development process, how test-driven development works, how to handle continuous integration, and how to deliver working software products on time.

The courses will take place from October 27 to 31 in Portland, Oregon. Further details at:

About the Software Association of Oregon

The Software Association of Oregon (SAO) is a non-profit organization that fosters an environment that fuels the growth of Oregon's software industry.

About James Shore

James Shore consults with businesses worldwide helping them increase productivity, efficiency, and product quality through Agile methods. He was an early adopter of the Agile process and is a popular lecturer on software development process, a frequent contributor to software trade publications, and co-author of The Art of Agile Development (O'Reilly, 2007).

About Diana Larsen

Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! (Pragmatic, 2006). She is currently the chair of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. She also co-founded the "Agile Open Northwest" conference and the international "Retrospective Facilitators Gathering".

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