SEP Presents David Hussman: Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar

January 10, 2013

A legend of Agile coaching, David Hussman will bring his insights and experiences to Fishers on Wednesday, January 23 at the Forum Conference Center. Forum Conference Center. Sponsored by Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), Hussman’s event will be open to the public. “We understand the importance of sharing knowledge within our community,” explains Director of Marketing Kelly Wilson. We bring in industry leaders to train our employees on an annual basis and we thought we’d take this opportunity to include the Indianapolis area in this event which allows us to give back to a community that has given us so much.”

Register to claim your spot for Hussman’s unique take on Agile principles.

Titled Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar, the one hour presentation explores Hussman’s 10 years engaged in the Agile movement as well as his rich personal history. Through real life examples of his work with businesses and individuals across the globe, Hussman will explain the common mistakes during Agile Adoption and challenge long-held assumptions concerning Agile.

“Instead of selling people on the latest and greatest methodology or tool, he was more interested in what I was doing – what was working and what wasn’t,” begins SEP’s Director of Innovation and fellow conference fixture Chris Shinkle. Hussman and Shinkle developed a friendship while sharing the stage at various industry conferences, with Shinkle’s appreciation going beyond trading ideas. “I’ve come to realize that David cares more about helping people and companies be successful than selling anything.”

Using teaching methods that focus on product delivery through iterative delivery, Hussman will provide insight into introducing the innovation of Agile into any work environment, helping to create a competitive edge no matter the industry. Chris Shinkle has high praise for Hussman’s approach, “He has enough healthy skepticism to ask the relevant questions. His passion for learning exceeds his desire for fame and accolades. In the sea of notable figures in the Agile and software community, David stands out as a unique individual.”

Hussman’s own experience in a variety of fields including digital audio, biometrics, financial, retail and education are infused within his teachings. The leader of DevJam, a company focused on using Agile as an improvement tool in software production, Hussman has pragmatically matched processes to the right people and technology to help companies deliver the best products during competitive cycles.

“He has challenged and influenced my thinking more than anyone else in the Agile community. I feel lucky to have met him and to be able to call him a friend,” says Shinkle.

David participates in conferences around the world. He is the recipient of the Agile Alliance 2009 Gordon Pask Award. David continuously contributes to books and various publications.