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Construx Executive Summit 2012

  A rare opportunity for top software executives to compare software development challenges and solutions with a highly select group of executive peers, hosted by Steve McConnell with software thought leaders Mike Cohn, Stuart Crabb, David Anderson, Karl Wiegers, John Clifford, and others. Space is Limited--Register...

  1. Posted on June 20, 2012 1:22:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. summit, Management, executive, events

Managing Technical Debt: Free Webinar

I’ll be giving a free webinar on Managing Technical Debt on September 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Here’s the registration link: http://adtmag.com/webcasts/2011/08/construx-managing-technical-debt.aspx?partnerref=con5 Here’s a brief overview:“Technical Debt” refers to delayed technical work that is incurred when technical short cuts are taken,...

  1. Posted on September 8, 2011 5:15:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, Testing & QA, Design, Maintenance, Webinar, Construction, events

Construx Executive Summit 2011: Software Thought Leaders

Our 2011 Software Executive Summit registration is now open. We have an early bird registration special of $1000 off through August 15. Register today! Our speaker focus this year is Software Thought Leaders, and once again we have an amazing lineup. We have the father of evolutionary development (Tom Gilb), inventor of the wiki (Ward Cunningham), creator of the CMM and People CMM (Bill Curtis), creator of the 4+1 architecture view and RUP (Philippe...

  1. Posted on July 29, 2011 8:51:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Management, events

I’ll be Giving a Keynote at the Scrum Alliance’s Scrum Gathering May 17, 2011

The Scrum Alliance Scrum Gathering conference is in Seattle this year, May 16-18, 2011. I’ll be giving the morning keynote on the second day. I’m excited to be able to share some of the details of Construx’s experiences helping organizations move to organization-wide Scrum. Here are the details about my talk: KEYNOTE: THE JOURNEY TO ORGANIZATION-WIDE SCRUM Scrum practitioners know what a successful...

  1. Posted on March 30, 2011 6:55:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Presentation, Methods & Processes, Agile, events

Why Didn’t I Like “The Social Network?”

The title of this blog entry is an actual question. I really don’t understand why I didn’t like “The Social Network” more than I did. Based on stellar reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and a good price on Amazon, I preordered The Social Network on blu-ray, which I watched Friday night. This movie has many elements I should like. The screen play was written by Aaron Sorkin, who has written some of my favorite movies (A Few...

  1. Posted on February 7, 2011 4:08:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, events

2011 Executive Discussion Topics Announced

Here are the ECSE group's Discussion topics for 2011: January Job Market 2011: Compensation, Recruiting, and Retention Issues February Organizational Structures March

  1. Posted on February 3, 2011 4:54:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. summit, Management, executive, ecse, events

2010 ECSE Meeting Topics Announced

The 2010 Executive Council for Software Excellence (ECSE) meeting topics have been announced. They are: January Optimizing for Innovation February Accelerating Organizational Change March

  1. Posted on January 19, 2010 1:46:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Management practices, events

Free Webinar: 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation

I'll be giving a free webinar tomorrow at 10:00 am Pacific time on the 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation. You can sign up here: http://www.sdtimes.com/content/webinars.aspx Here's the full announcement: The average project overruns its planned budget and schedule by 50%-80%. In practice, little work is done that could truly be called "estimation." Many projects are scheduled using a combination of legitimate...

  1. Posted on June 22, 2009 11:05:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. estimation, Management, Webinar, events

Construx Offers Free Training for Laid-Off Software Workers

http://www.construx.com/blogs/calendar After listening to doom and gloom economic reports for the past few months, we decided we would try to do something to brighten our little corner of the world. Here's our official press release about it: Construx Software has designated 25% of its public seminar seats free of charge to software workers who have been laid off. Construx seminars help software professionals improve their technical and managerial skills. Seminar...

  1. Posted on February 24, 2009 10:51:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. seminars, Economy, Free Training, events

2009 ECSE Meeting Topics Announced

The 2009 Executive Council for Software Excellence (ECSE) meeting topics have been announced. They are: January Successful Leadership in Software Development   February Overcoming a Legacy of Poor Quality   March

  1. Posted on January 7, 2009 1:51:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Management, events