Agile from the Open Source Trenches: Making agile work for Wikipedia engineering teams

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Accepted Session
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Intermediate
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B201

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Wikipedia’s innovative language and mobile engineering projects use agile development to create high-quality features and apps in faster iterations. This talk examines what works and what doesn’t when using agile development for large open source projects. This talk will help developers and engineering managers better implement a successful agile process for their open source projects.

Description

Wikipedia is one of the world’s top 5 websites. It is powered by a completely open source technology stack. Wikipedia’s innovative engineering projects in language and mobile engineering have been using agile development to create high-quality features and apps in faster iterations.

This talk examines what we have needed as pre requisites as well as what works and what doesn’t when using agile development for large open source projects.

My teams have benefited by maintaining a fixed-schedule sprint duration, making time for regular sprint retrospective discussions, having short sprint planning sessions, and keeping open communication channels in a distributed team.

My teams have been challenged by getting all team members to keep agile tracking documents up-to-date, keeping the software documentation itself up-to-date, and integrating QA.

This talk will help developers and engineering managers better understand and implement a successful agile process for their open source projects.

Speaking experience

I have presented at many conferences world wide for the past decade. Some of the most recent speaking includes:
- Open Source Bridge 2012 (http://opensourcebridge.org/sessions/909)
- OSCON 2012 (http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012/public/schedule/speaker/132433)
- Open Source Language Summit 2012 (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Pune_LanguageSummit_November_2012/Program)
- Wikimania 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39fQMRpDhQ)
- Wikipedia Engineering Dev Camp 2012 (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Bangalore_DevCamp_November_2012)

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