Jim Highsmith, Leader of the Agile Movement, to Keynote SATURN 2010 Conference

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Jim Highsmith, Leader of the Agile Movement, to Keynote SATURN 2010 Conference

October 29, 2009—Acclaimed author and leader of the Agile movement Jim Highsmith has been announced as a keynote speaker for the SEI Architecture Technology User Network Conference (SATURN 2010), May 17–21, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Building on the conference’s theme of Architecting for Change, Highsmith’s keynote will be titled Architects: Anchors or Accelerators for Organizational Agility. The keynote will focus on how architects can help accelerate agility in their organizations.

“The SEI has long been recognized as a leader in software architecture and has encouraged individuals and teams to transform their organizations by challenging conventional thinking about software development,” Highsmith said. “My work has focused on transforming organizations to become more agile. Architecture and agile are compatible, and architects can help organizations to achieve agility.”

Highsmith is coauthor of the Agile Manifesto, a founding member of the Agile Alliance, coauthor of the Declaration of Interdependence for project leaders, and co-founder and first president of the Agile Project Leadership Network. In his 1999 groundbreaking book Adaptive Software Development, which received the prestigious Jolt Award in 2000, Highsmith stated that “rules can be barriers to hide behind or guidelines for the wise to consider and break when the circumstances justify it.” 

“Agility and the ability to respond to change have become key architectural drivers across the software industry,” said Ipek Ozkaya, SATURN 2010 conference chair. “At the same time, the agile software development community has increasingly been addressing how to scale agile development techniques for large-scale, multi-year projects. For this year’s SATURN Conference, we wanted a keynote speaker who could take an integrative view of these forces. Therefore we are excited to have Jim Highsmith as an addition to our program.”

Highsmith currently serves as director of Cutter Consortium’s Agile consulting practice. He has more than 30 years of experience as an IT manager, product manager, project manager, consultant, and software developer. He has written several books including his most recent, Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (Addison-Wesley 2009). Highsmith is the recipient of the 2005 International Stevens Award for outstanding contributions to systems development. 

Highsmith has served as a consultant to IT and product-development organizations and software companies around the world. He has held technical and management positions with software, computer hardware, banking, and energy companies.

About SATURN 2010
Each year, the SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference brings together experts from around the world to exchange best architecture-centric practices in developing, acquiring, and maintaining software-reliant systems. Architects at all levels meet to share ideas and lessons learned, network, and learn about new and existing technologies. The SATURN 2010 committee is accepting presentation proposals through Monday, November 9, 2009. This year’s SATURN 2010 Conference is being held in collaboration with IEEE Software magazine, which will publish selected papers from the conference. For more information go to http://www.sei.cmu.edu/saturn/2010/.

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