Empowering Virtual Working Groups for Success

July, 2021

Abstract:

We’ve all worked on teams where it is impossible to find the latest files, emails get lost, people get left off (or on!) meeting notices and email chains, and worse. Things get even more chaotic when team members are all volunteers and everything is virtual.

Working groups are critical to the SEA; they are the mechanism that the Alliance uses to make progress. The SEA has created an infrastructure and a communications plan that help WGs to be successful by applying the principles upon which the Alliance is based, hence walking our talk. WGs that use these principles have made tremendous progress.

This Tech Talk will walk through the SEA working group infrastructure so we can all be effective working group leaders and members. We will also highlight the best practices we’ve found, that you can apply to support the success of other virtual/remote teams (at your work and elsewhere).

This talk includes the following topics (each individually available on YouTube):

About the Presenters

Julia Mullaney has been involved with software excellence since starting her career at IBM in 1988. Julia was a key contributor to the Personal Software Process℠ (PSP℠) and Team Software Process℠ (TSP℠) through the development of training, certification, licensing, and applied research at leading software organizations. She was fortunate to take the first PSP class from her mentor, Watts Humphrey. Julia’s passion is software excellence, and she has been channeling that passion into growing the Software Excellence Alliance (SEA) as the SEA Executive Committee Leader and as a member of SEA.

Rosalba Aguilar collaborated for twenty years as CIO, CTO, and member of the board of directors for XEROX and EDS companies, including management of all information technology areas with inter-functional teams of up to 200 employees. Since 2007, she has been at Towa Software as COO and Customer Success Manager for business software development. She drives innovation and accountability for the creation, evolution, and implementation of high-quality information systems, digital transformation ambassadors, and high-performance team building. Her teams guarantee customer satisfaction, on-time delivery, and high-quality development through co-innovation, co-creation,  flawless execution processes, and agile practices. She received a BS in biomedical engineering, with an IT degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, and a Masters in Business Management from IPADE Institute.

Steve Shook, Director of Software Engineering and Quality at Ishpi Information Technologies (ISHPI), brings more than 25 years of experience in software engineering and software management. He is one of the principal architects of ISHPI’s award-winning Agile High Velocity Development℠ software development methodology. As an experienced instructor, coach, consultant, and subject matter expert, he leads and mentors software teams to achieve exceptional cost, schedule, and quality performance in order to achieve customer business goals. As part of the SEA, he draws inspiration — and hopes to inspire others — to continuously advance the state of the practice of software engineering. Stephen is currently serving as a member of the SEA Executive Team.

Mary Walker is the owner and principal of Leaf Spring LLC, a Knoxville-based consulting company that specializes in helping non-profits to intensify their impact. Before this, Mary served as the Director of Development at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She has worked previously as the National Product Manager for Caramel and Candy at Kraft Food Ingredients, as a Strategic Planning and Development Manager for Holiday Inns, Inc., and as the Marketing Manager for her family’s automotive businesses. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her MBA from Vanderbilt University. Mary has served on several local non-profit boards including the Episcopal School of Knoxville, Cancer Support Community East Tennessee, and the University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

Past Presentations

Why Can’t Johnny Program Securely?

The October 2022 tech talk was presented by Robert SeacordAbstractSecure coding (unsurprisingly) is hard. Our educational systems have failed to properly prepare students, and our assessments have overestimated their abilities. Analysis and testing is useful but...

Team Process Integration: Half-Day Course

Abstract: This half-day course covers all aspects of the Team Process Integration (TPI) framework. The TPI methodology integrates disciplined project practices that can be applied by many product teams (e.g., software, systems, and test). It is a framework that...

How to Increase Team Performance : A Tale of Two Teams

The June 2022 tech talk was presented by Seemin SuleriAbstract:This is a story of two software teams: one in a large blue-chip corporate environment and another in a small company. This is a tale of how people came together to face challenges and show incredible...

Rules and Submissions for the Watts Humphrey Process Achievement Award

The August 2022 tech talk was presented by Isabel Margarido.AbstractWatts Humphrey was a practitioner and advocate of Software Engineering good practices, also known as the “Father of Software Quality”. His work “laid ground for” CMM, CMMI and he proved the entire...

SEA 2022 Virtual Summit

Software Excellence Alliance professionals from around the world met to celebrate our accomplishments from 2021 and to set the Alliance's 2022 direction for changing the world of software engineering.Jim Over delivered the keynote presentation, sharing his personal...

The Digital Transformation Spiral Model

The March 2022 tech talk was presented by Dr. Barry DwolatzkyAbstract:Digital transformation has become an imperative for organisations in the 21st Century irrespective of size, sector, or geographic location. Studies have shown that a very high percentage of digital...

Quality Deep Dive Workshop

To receive your SEA Memeber discount, select "SEA Member Discount" in the enrollment type dropdown menu.Workshop Objectives Participants graduate with a deep understanding of quality management for high-tech systems development and an action plan to successfully...

Changing the Engines without Landing the Plane

The January 2022 tech talk was presented by Robert BentallAbstract:Technical debt is like adding useless ballast to a speeding jet. It just slows everything down. Yet, in most environments, technical debt reduction, infrastructure upgrades, and process improvement...

Being a Leader and Coder – A Survival Guide

The December 2021 tech talk was presented by Dylan GreinerAbstract:Being both a technical leader and an active software engineer at the same time raises many challenges. I present the various techniques and approaches I have both learned and gathered from various...

High-Maturity Scrum with the Process Dashboard

The October 2021 tech talk was presented by David TumaAbstract:Scrum is a popular Agile development method that enables rapid customer feedback and continuous delivery of value. Earned value is a high-maturity planning technique that helps teams to create realistic...

Training Coco – Agile Lessons with a Puppy

The September 2021 tech talk was presented by Jeff PulciniAbstract:Does training a 10-week-old puppy have any relation to Agile and Agile teams? Can training basic commands like sit, stay, and down be useful to Agile teams? What about potty training? Join us as we...

Making SAFe Better from the Bottom Up: Mixing Methods and Tools

The August 2021 Tech Talk was presented by Kimberly WadeAbstract:The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the leading method for scaling lean and agile practices to large solution delivery. Using SAFe allows large organizations with multiple programs and projects to...

SAFe vs. Reality: How Will We Solve the Conflict?

The June 2021 tech talk was presented by Francisco Javier Ruvalcaba MoyaAbstract:“SAFe is the new standard in the software industry; you must code faster.” “You already implemented SAFe, so why are you delaying the release?” Multiple questions appear when SAFe is...

How Owning My Data Leveled Up My Life

The May 2021 Tech Talk was presented by Alex PowellAbstract:People are often pressured to deliver a plan in line with schedules created by inaccurate estimates. As we know, this leads to products that under-deliver and are over-budget. Applying solid methodologies,...

Why Is It So Hard to Do Easy Stuff?

The April 2021 tech talk was presented by Gerardo LopezAbstract:Software technology is huge and seems complex, but it really isn’t: every technology is just an enormous bunch of small pieces (each only a few characters long). It is impossible for anyone to understand...

Putting the “Sec” in DevSecOps… Quantified

The March 2021 tech talk was presented by Larry MaccheroneAbstract:A guiding principle of Comcast Cybersecurity is that we are no longer gatekeepers, but rather coaches and toolsmiths. Another, is that we favor building security in over bolting it on. Together, what...

SEA 2021 Virtual Summit

In place of the Tech Talk for February, the SEA conducted our annual summit as a virtual event.Description:Software Excellence Alliance professionals from around the world celebrated our accomplishments from 2020 and set our Alliance’s 2021 direction for changing the...

Share This