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Managing Software Releases with Agile Development: A Vendor’s Real Life Approach


The use of Agile Development to manage software releases is rapidly growing and there is no shortage in the ways that organizations go about combining development methods. For example, some organizations use Agile methods in a waterfall environment using a cafeteria approach to choosing the Agile capabilities that best fit their needs. This careful selection is likely a factor of incremental organizational adoption since moving from traditional development methods to an Agile development approach requires rethinking how work gets done and making this adjustment can be a major challenge to adopting Agile.

What’s the appeal of Agile then? Agile methodologies tend to help companies responsible for developing software avoid some of the pitfalls that tend to doom these efforts to failure. The emphasis on time to market, collaboration and customer evaluation of functionality enables teams to adjust efforts quickly to stay on track.

While tools abound for performing Agile development, organizations that have used traditional development methods using solutions to manage their project portfolios will learn in this webcast:

  • Why companies are moving to this method to execute software projects.
  • How Oracle Primavera has adopted Agile methods using their existing project portfolio management solution in combination with other Oracle solutions.
  • How Oracle Primavera has benefited from their use of Agile techniques.


Bill McMichael Development Director, Oracle

Bill McMichael is Director, Shared Services at Oracle Corporation, where he leads a product development group. Bill has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry focused on quality assurance, project management, and information development management. Bill helped drive Primavera Systems' implementation of agile development methods to work within a project management culture. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Maureen Clifford Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Maureen Clifford is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle Corporation and has worked in product management and marketing roles for enterprise investment portfolio management for ten years.  She has focused on IT, public sector and commercial portfolio management, including development and marketing of products for application and project portfolio management.

Oracle Corporation
Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 EST (16:00 GMT)

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