VersionOne to Host Agile Conference for Regional Software Community

What: AgilePalooza is a community event presented by VersionOne. Meant to be a fun, low cost event linking internationally recognized coaches and trainers with the local software community, AgilePalooza is a day of collaboration, education and advancement of agile methods.

For $89 attendees receive a full day of agile learning, lunch and a choice of participating in one of two tracks; Practicing Agile or Planning Agile. These tracks offer topics ideal for those newer to agile as well as more experienced practitioners.

Where: AgilePalooza Chicago will be held at:

Hyatt Regency Chicago at River Walk
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 565-1234

When: July 15, 2011

Who: AgilePalooza Chicago has secured a line-up of experienced and talented agile experts and educators, including:

Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought [Innovation Games Trained Facilitator] leader in Lean, Kanban and design patterns. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in Lean, Kanban, Scrum, Design Patterns, and Object-Orientation. Alan has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped his clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility and is currently writing Essential Skills for the Agile Developer. He has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University. You can follow Alan on twitter @alshalloway.

Patrick Phillips is a practitioner in lean and agile. He is currently a Principle Consultant with emergn limited. He is responsible for responsible for setting, managing and delivering a transformation strategy for clients and specializes on implementing end-to-end process improvement through waste reduction and value recognition through shorter cycle times. He has an MBA of Technology Administration from Westminster College where he also is an adjunct professor teaching Lean Managerial Management. Patrick started his career at FedEx as a Solution Architect designing lean supply chain systems. Additionally he focused three years implementing lean IT locally in Salt Lake with O.C. Tanner which is also known in the manufacturing industry as being one of the top lean organizations in the US. You can learn more about Patrick from his blog

Steve Paro is currently an Agile and Product Consultant for VersionOne Software. He comes to the Agile life cycle management tool company having most recently been an independent agile coach and trainer, working with clients nationwide to improve their understanding and application of agile principles and techniques. He has worked with dozens of scrum teams, helping organizations realize significant improvements in quality, productivity and customer satisfaction. As a trainer, Steve has trained hundreds of IT and development professionals on agile project management, requirements definition, process adoption and team best practices.

Steve Ropa has spent the last 17 years in the software development industry, first as a programmer and later as a development manager and director. He has been involved in the Agile development scene for the past 10 years, been an active contributor to the Agile Denver community and was on the organizing committee for Agile 2005. He has taught and led teams varying in size from small shops to large, distributed organizations in their transition to using agile methods. Steve is currently an Agile coach and product trainer for VersionOne.

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About VersionOne
VersionOne is recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile project management tools. By simplifying the planning and tracking of agile projects, we help teams deliver better software faster. Since 2002, companies such as Adobe, Boeing, bwin, Intuit, Lilly, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, Oppenheimer, Qualcomm, Sabre and Siemens have turned to VersionOne. Today more than 30,000 teams from over 170 countries use VersionOne. Agile Made Easier @