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Wednesday, November 14 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Agile in Legacy Apps - Mission Impossible?

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How many times did you hear: legacy systems are not a good fit for Agile transformation? Have you ever said it yourself? I want to tell you a story of a digital transformation in Premier to prove you wrong. Agile is not only a great fit for the legacy applications, it an absolute business necessity, because how else can you provide incremental value for hundreds or thousands of users through a flexible adjustable roadmap?

My story is not going to be about an immediate success. We've had our fair share of problems, challenges, and small failures. "Legacy" means "old". It means - outdated technology stack, messy dependencies, code that nobody understands, manual testing, manual builds, manual deployments, redundant features. Also, customer issues, bugs, performance issues, scalabiity concerns. Wait, did I mention dependencies?

Come to the session if any of this sounds familiar, if you're afraid of starting the Agile transformation, or if your company already went through a number of initiatives but the old habits die hard. I will share the valuable lessons we've learned from our experience, the strategies to apply to make the changes stick, as well as the anti-patterns to watch for.

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Katy Sherman

Director of Software Engineering, Premiere Inc.
Katy Sherman is Director of Software Engineering at Premier Inc. She worked in several different Agile environments with several companies, first as a developer and later as a manager. She has seen Agile working and knows its benefits, but has also seen its failures, things that did... Read More →

Wednesday November 14, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm EST
Room - 217 CD