Presentation: "Producing Value Through Creative Production"

Time: Thursday 16:30 - 17:30

Location: Stanford

Abstract: Great music recordings happen when process, technology and creativity live in concert with each other. This session will take you through the tools and processes used to produce music, and show how they directly apply to feeding agility in software shops. Your hosts for the session, David Hussman and Dion Stewart have both logged hours producing music and producing software. From a coaching perspective, they will share a variety of experiences that show how their music backgrounds influence the way they teach and promote holistic agility, where the craft is valued over process.

David Hussman, Agile Coach

 David  Hussman

David teaches and coaches the adoption and improvement of agility as a delivery tool. His work includes helping companies of all sizes all over the world. Sometimes he is pairing with developers and testers, while other times he is helping to invent, evolve and plan the delivery of all types of products and projects. David also spends a great deal of time helping leaders at all levels find ways to pragmatically use agility as another way to grow and innovate their business.

Prior to working as a fulltime coach, David spent years building software in a variety of domains: digital audio, digital biometrics, medical, financial, retail, and education to name a few. David now leads DevJam, a company composed of agile collaborators. As mentors and practitioners, DevJam focuses on agility as a tool to help people and companies improve their software production skills. DevJam provides seasoned leaders that strive to pragmatically match technology, people, and processes to create better and cooler products in competitive cycles.

Along with teaching and coaching, David participates in conferences around the world. He has continuously publishes and has contributed to several books and many publications. He has helped create agile curriculum for The University of Minnesota and Capella University.

For more information, check out the DevJam website

Dion Stewart

 Dion  Stewart Dion Stewart is an independent software developer and agile coach. He has long held the view that software development is a craft. Prior to starting his career as a professional developer he spent a year in retreat on a residential Guitar Craft seminar. His view of software development as a craft is strongly influenced by the values and principles he learned while studying guitar as a Guitar Craft participant. He has a Masters degree in Software Engineering and undergraduate degrees in Music and English Literature. His work as a professional software developer is also influenced by his study of Zen philosophy and Tai Chi.