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Scrum Hell or High Water: 3 Easy Ways to Make Agile Efforts More Effective

MPD1 Management and Professional Development

Location: Skyline II

MONDAY, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Do you want to deliver better products and services to a more satisfied client base? Do you think adopting an agile team strategy is the way to achieve those goals? Well buckle up, Dixie cup, and let us explain exactly how your efforts are about to go awry. Jennifer Chance has spent the past year bringing the agile development model known as “Scrum” to The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas. She’ll be the first to tell you that it hasn’t been easy. Mistakes and failures are opportunities to learn, though, and those opportunities are even more appealing if you’re not the one doing the failing. Whether you are considering Scrum, another agile initiative, or none at all, Jen’s no-nonsense approach to a better workflow offers simple, useful solutions for scenarios all of us are likely to encounter. Come and see what you and your team can learn from someone else’s bumpy, blustery journey to become agile--come hell or high water.

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Jennifer Chance
Web Team Manager, University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Chance is the web team manager for the McCombs School of Business and is a graduate of the Austin Peay State University (’02). Before joining McCombs and becoming part of The University of Texas at Austin family, she spent nearly a decade in software development and worked for a number of high-profile employers--most notably, NASA. Since presenting at the 2013 HighEdWeb Conference in Buffalo, Chance has been an active and earnest promoter of anti-bullying initiatives for youth around Austin. She has also been delighting the ears of hipsters far and wide with her sweet trombone skills at festivals like Honk! TX and Honk! Fest West.