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Wednesday, August 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Release Planning on a Budget -- Taking it Virtual!: Stephen Chin

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There is no substitute for face-to-face collaboration, and in highly distributed organizations the one time you can get all the teams together in person is for Release Planning. But what about when budgets get tight and travel is not an option? In this presentation you will learn several practical techniques for bridging the physical divide without breaking your corporate budget. Your crash course in Virtual Release Planning facilitation will include the following:
  • Virtual Facilitation Techniques: Practical advice on adapting agile facilitation techniques to the virtual world. (For all of us who tried --and failed-- at doing a fist-of-five over the phone...)
  • DIY Video Conferencing: We will do a live demonstration of how to do video conferencing on a budget with readily available consumer hardware. (No need to buy a fancy telepresence system from Cisco or AT&T!)
  • Practical Time Zone Planning: Problem/solution scenario planning around different distribution and timezone challenges. (Curious why folks will happily attend 8AM meetings after being on a red-eye, but don't seem thrilled to stay up until 2AM on a video conference?)
Time to stop overpaying for business class international flights and palatial hotels. You can take back control of your budget and destiny without sacrificing effective communication!

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Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
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