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ALM Chicago Presentation Video

clock April 15, 2012 08:51 by author Chad Albrecht

Here is a video of my ALM Chicago talk:



ALM Chicago

clock January 17, 2012 12:48 by author Chad Albrecht

I will be presenting my “Agile Economics” deck at ALM Chicago on February 23rd.  Here is a summary of the talk:


The software development industry in embracing Agile in a big way. But why? Most certainly it allows a higher rate of success, encourages better collaboration, use of tools and does a better job embracing change. But why do the techniques work from a economics and finance standpoint? A number of people have tried to provide an answer to this question, but they often come in the form of complex equations and long discussions of finance models. In this presentation, Chad Albrecht will provide some very easy to understand economic models that provide a basis for why Agile outperforms traditional techniques. Additionally, Chad will demonstrate a side-by-side cost model of an Agile vs. Traditional project. If you are considering Agile in your organization and have partial or full P&L responsibility, this presentation will provide you with many valuable tools.


UPDATE  4/15/12:  Here is a link to a video of the presentation.

MADdotNET - Succeeding With Agile & TFS 2010

clock March 4, 2010 07:40 by author Chad Albrecht

I presented “Succeeding With Agile & TFS 2010” for the MADdotNET User Group last night to a full house.  I want to thank everyone for the turnout and the great questions and discussions!  I’m going to try to post some articles as follow-ups to some the the questions that were asked last night that didn’t get the attention they deserve.  Some of these topics will be:  Agile Estimation, Technical Debt, Code Churn and including bugs and refactoring on the Product Backlog.  Let me know if I missed anything you want me to cover.

For those that are interested, here is the presentation:

Succeeding With Agile & TFS 2010

clock February 23, 2010 04:17 by author Chad Albrecht

Making the transition to Agile can be challenging for even the most seasoned organization. Having good leadership and the right tools can make all the difference. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience Chad will be walking us through methods that can be used to avoid common pitfalls and using Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 as an Agile platform. In this highly interactive session, Chad will demonstrate some of the new features of TFS 2010 as they relate to Agile estimation, planning, execution and measurement. If your organization is considering a migration to Agile or the TFS 2010 platform, you are encouraged to attend.


I presenting the above topic tonight at the Wisconsin .NET User Group.  Register Here!

I will also be giving the same presentation at the Madison .NET User Group on March 3rd.  Register Here!

Look for a presentation in the Chicago Land area towards the end of March.

Introduction to Grid Computing Presentation

clock July 12, 2006 08:12 by author Chad Albrecht
I presented last night at the Wisconsin .NET Users Group on an "Introduction to Grid Computing." Overall it went well but Alchemi, the open source grid framework I was using, crashed during the demos. :( I had the audience participate in the grid and we had a 25GHz grid with about 16 nodes. It would appear from examining the log file this morning and doing some reading, that my use of the Alchemi Console is what caused the crash. It would have been cool to see some of the demos run on a 25GHz grid...oh well maybe next time!
For those of you that are interested, the PDF of my presentation is here. The grid demos are included in the Alchemi download and the ExcelGrid Demo is here. If you plan to use the ExcelGrid demo, you should note that I could not get the calc.exe to work correctly and wrote my own. If you are interested in this, send me an email.

July WI .NET Users Group Meeting

clock June 23, 2006 06:00 by author Chad Albrecht

I will be presenting at the July WI .NET Users Group Meeting.  The topic will be an “Introduction to Grid Computing.”  The meeting is at 7:00 on July 11th at the Medical College Building. Here is the summary from the UG page:

Have a power hungry application on a machine that just can’t handle it? Don’t buy a faster machine, steal the cycles you need! In his presentation, Chad Albrecht will discuss the basics of grid computing using .NET technologies. Grid computing provides an interesting means of distributing applications across any number of machines. Learn the fundamentals of grid computing, data grids, basic SQL Server scaling out and a few other tricks. Those in attendance will be able to use their laptops as active grid nodes, so make sure to bring it along!

Hope to see everyone there!

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I am a leader, entrepreneur, software engineer, husband, father, pilot and athlete. Over the last 17 years of my career I have built numerous successful companies and software development teams. This amazing journey has taken me all over the world and allowed me to work in a number of diverse industries. I have had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of unique and talented people. As you will see from my blog I am a strong believer in Agile techniques and the Kaizen corporate culture. I am always looking to grow myself, my teams and the companies I am partnered with.

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