LOCATION: RSA Plaza at 770 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Ripley - click here for a map)
DATE & TIME: 2nd Thursday of each month (except December; no meeting) From 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Plan now to attend the Dinner Meeting on Thursday February 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.!
Agile Software Development, what is it and how can you make it work in the real "still stuck in the waterfall" world. This is a presentation you'll be kicking yourself if you miss it, as our speaker, Dr. Benjamin Willett, brings to PMI South Alabama a world of knowledge in cloud development using Agile on Department of Defense (DoD) projects, and is ready to share his real world experiences this February.
Dr. Benjamin Willett is a leading authority in migration for commercial cloud environments and the Defense Information System Agency's (DISA) milCloud. He is the Director of Engineering for Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) in Montgomery, AL. Dr. Willett has written numerous articles on astrophysics and is a well-respected authority on milCloud migration at the DoD, and DISA.
Dr. Willett and his team have delivered Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capability to over 1,200 projects and 50,000 users throughout the US Government. He is responsible for all technical stages of the Forge.mil evolution, ranging from initial concept and Agile development, through testing, integration, and finally to production deployment. Dr. Willett serves as the SCRUM Master for the Forge.mil program, and ensures compliance with all software engineering and information assurance policies and procedures.
Over the last two years, Dr. Willett has coordinated with Government and industry partners to achieve major upgrades of the Forge ALM platform. Efforts include pioneering Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments for Forge.mil Development, Test, and Information Assurance.
Additionally, Dr. Willett worked with DISA's milCloud engineers to instantiate additional environments for Pre-Production and Production to host Forge.mil in a cloud environment, including implementing tools for orchestration and automation. The results of which yielded increased velocity from Development to Production by an impressive 200%, while minimizing user impact and downtime, and cost savings in millions of dollars across the DoD.
Dr. Willett holds a PhD in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY; and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. Dr. Willett is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society.
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