* Meet in the lobby/coffee shop shortly before 4 pm
* Tour the 1871 space
* Sit down for a brief discussion about 1871 and the growing Chicago startup community
* Head over to the 1871 Friday TGIF event for a beer and discussion with some of the resident entrepreneurs
by Lane Halley
by Moses Hohman
Exploring the nature of specialists, generalists, and the T-shaped team member.
by Paul Pagel
We will scrutinize the common software purchasing models and where they put incentives. Time and materials puts all the pressure on the software purchaser to make sure the work is completed. Fixed bid projects put all the pressure on the services company to make their estimates for the whole project correct up front. Since software is a craft with a close problem finding to problem solving loop, we can never anticipate what lies beneath a given problem set, making fix bid a high risk.
There is middle ground which promotes productive partnership by having the all parties take appropriate risk and rewards. Fixed feature is an agile method of compensation that is unique in that clients only pay for the product they receive. They pay for what they care about, delivered business value.
When we make the unit of sale a small fixed deliverable, we invite multiple software disciplines to be working towards their own deliverables in the same project. An example of a designer story would be providing wireframes, a developer’s story may be implementing a login feature, or a user experience story may be to find the top 5 user experience issues in a given workflow. This method forces each story to have deliverables that are independently valuable to the software project.
By doing this, the software purchaser can then see transparency in to what the different disciplines cost before and control the budgets and dependencies in accordance with their project’s needs.
We will witness a live project from start to finish through the 45 minutes. We will see what it looks like to make features a commodity and the interesting market that rises out of the premise.
by Paolo Lorenzoni and Jon Wettersten
An interactive fish bowl discussion (see http://www.kstoolkit.org/Fish+Bowl - except not that claustrophobic...) to dive deeply into the issues as a group.
People will dot vote on proposed Sunday morning unconference workshops, and then we'll sign people up for the winners.
22nd–24th June 2012