September 2018: Season Kick-Off Meeting

Speaker: John Keklak
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Agenda: 6:00-6:45 Networking
6:45-7:00 Opening Announcements
7:00-8:20 Featured Presentation
8:20-8:30 Closing Announcements
Who’s Invited: Everyone (industry, government, academia)
Location: !!! Note New Location !!!
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
1 Memorial Drive / Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA
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Featured Presentation: The Power of Unknowns — Harnessing what you don’t know to achieve project success

Boston University computer science instructor John Keklak will discuss a novel approach to software project management.

By focusing students on project “unknowns”, Professor Keklak has been able to increase project success dramatically in his Boston University software engineering course. In this talk, Professor Keklak will define what he means by unknowns, and will present a range of unknowns to consider when planning and carrying out a software project. He will also show how to use unknowns to identify work to be done, to estimate time required for this work, and to establish clear and effective communication between developers and other stakeholders. He will illustrate these techniques with examples from an actual software project.

Professor Keklak holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a software developer and an instructor of computer science at Boston University. He is currently writing a book on software development, and privately mentors aspiring software developers.