NTC Tech Talk
What Developers Know about Speed to Market while Limiting Risk
While agile may run the world in software development, its core principles have nothing to do with coding. It's a way of approaching tasks and problems that makes them easier to understand, prioritize, and resolve.
Acklen Avenue CTO Byron Sommardahl and Director of Agile Operations Tommy Norman will discuss how agile principles can help in parts of your life and business that you don't expect, from proving your concept and raising funds, to hiring a great team, to raising kids, to personal development.
Tommy Norman has led the charge to get companies from idea to revenue as fast as possible as a Certified Scrum Master / Practitioner for more than fifteen years. Most recently serving as a Lean / Agile Coach at LeanKit, Tommy joined the Acklen team this spring as Director of Agile Operations.
Tommy is a coordinator for the Nashville Agile User Group, one of the original founders of the devLink Technical Conference, a past president and board member of the Nashville .NET User Group, and a frequent speaker at both local and national events. He blogs about Agile, TFS, and .NET at tommynorman.com and rambles about most everything on Twitter as @tommynorman.
Byron Sommardahl has been developing software since he was 9 years old, coding RPG's on his Commodore 64 and his best friend's Apple IIe. Ever since, development has been a constant and consuming passion for Byron, as he learned that beautifully crafted software has the power to make lives better in real time. He is a true believer in anything that improves software maintainability, usability, and delivery, and built a team accordingly.
In 2010, jaded by projects waterlogged by terrible code and waterfall practices, Byron and some friends founded Acklen Avenue on the belief that there was a better way to build. Today the Acklen team has more than 50 distributed employees, all based in central time, and runs multiple simultaneous agile software development projects daily. He writes about how to be awesome at development at medium.com/@byronsommardahl and @sommardahl
Acklen Avenue is a custom application development company in the central time zone committed to client success, clean code, and agile practices. Acklen's sweet spot is high quality code and a highly scalable development team structure that operates and feels just like an internal team.