2013 ECSE Discussion Topics Posted

  1. Posted on April 1, 2013 8:00:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. executives, executive, ecse

I host an executive discussion group in the Seattle area called the Executive Council for Software Excellence (ECSE). We meet monthly at our offices in Bellevue, usually on the second Monday of each month. The group focuses on enterprise-level software development issues. This is a great opportunity to network and compare challenges and solutions with other executives who, we have found, tend to be wrestling with the same issues you are.

To keep the discussions focused, the group membership is comprised of local executives who oversee technical staffs of 50 or more with titles like VP or Director. The number "50" is not a hard number. The most important participation criteria is having a multiple-project span of control.

Here's our calendar for the rest of this year:

April 8

Beating the Iron Triangle: Succeeding When Cost, Schedule, and Functionality are all Fixed

May 13

Strategies for Project Portfolio Management

June 10

Estimation: Merging Waterfall and Agile Development

July 8

Supporting Innovation

August

Summer Break

September 9

Leading Change Initiatives

October 14

Lessons Learned in Agile Development

November 4

Major Levers for Productivity Improvement

December 9

Cloud Development Best Practices

You can see a little more information about the group on our website at http://www.construx.com/ecse/.

If you're in the Bellevue/Seattle area and you're interested in participating, please let me know.

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Steve McConnell

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he consults to a broad range of industries, teaches seminars, and oversees Construx’s software development practices. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.

Steve is the author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006), Code Complete (1993, 2004), Rapid Development (1996), Software Project Survival Guide (1998), and Professional Software Development (2004). His books twice won Software Development magazine's Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development book of the year.

Steve has served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University.
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