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Seminar on Agile Software Development at the University of Pavia

In the past couple of weeks I and Edo presented a seminar on Agile Software Development at the University of Pavia.

The seminar was divided in four lessons of two hours each and was very kindly hosted by Prof. Antonio Barili in the Software Engineering course.

Goal of the seminar was to get the students familiar with the agile approach to software development and the associated terminology and practice.
And in fact, even withing a so short time, we wanted the student to “touch” with their hands some of the agile concepts, in particular the iterative approach as a way to improve estimates and plans and planning in story point as the basis of making estimates in size more than in time.

I have to say I am very happy about how the lessons went. There were about 12 students from the university plus 5 of our new hires. The students demonstrated to be very interested and attracted by the topics and how they were presented and participated with enthusiasm to the practical activities.

The program of the seminar was the following:

November 6th

  • Software development models (pdf)
  • SCRUM part I (pdf)

November 7th

  • SCRUM part II (pdf)
  • SCRUM ball game (pdf)

November 13rd

  • Agile estimating and planning (pdf)
  • Test driven development (pdf)

November 14th

If by chance you attended the seminar please leave a comment about how much you did like/dislike it and possibile what you would do to improve it.


November 19, 2008 - Posted by | Funambol, SCRUM, Software development, Software engineering

1 Comment »

  1. Personally I found the lessons very interesting: the pratical activities were a very good way to understand better the theory, especially the XP game which make you really think “what to do”.

    For your interest, I wrote some notes:

    Comment by Davide Cassenti | November 20, 2008 | Reply

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