February 5, 2008 ChannelAdvisor Announces New Agile Development Center and Open House
ChannelAdvisor Announces New Agile Development Center and Open House
New Agile/Scrum optimized facility marks complete switch to new development methodology
Research Triangle Park, NC – February 05, 2008 – ChannelAdvisor, the leading provider of e-commerce channel management solutions, today announced that it has opened a new facility adjacent to its headquarters called the Agile Development Center that is optimized for agile development. In addition, ChannelAdvisor is pleased to announce an Open House on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
The ChannelAdvisor Agile Development Center is located at 2701 Aerial Center Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Please join Scot Wingo, CEO and Bob Galen, Director of Product Development and Agile Evangelist at the Open House. Bob Galen will provide a quick overview of Scrum & XP Practices at ChannelAdvisor and what it’s like to work within a truly Agile team environment. To learn more about the Agile Development Center open house or to register, please visit http://www.channeladvisor.com/openhouse/.
In mid 2007, ChannelAdvisor started the move from a traditional waterfall development process (6-9 months) to the Scrum development process. The Scrum process focuses on rapid iterative development with a focus on customer involvement and start to finish QA interaction.
Leading the movement from waterfall to Scrum, ChannelAdvisor recruited two Scrum experts:
Bob Galen is a seasoned software leader focused on shifting organizations from Traditional Waterfall to the Scrum & XP agile methodologies. He is also a nationally recognized Agile coach, speaker and writer who has presented at a wide variety of conferences&endash;particularly focusing on agile scaling, testing, and organizational change. He is a Certified Scrum Master Practicing and Product Owner.
Tony Brill leads the Quality Assurance team at ChannelAdvisor Corp in Morrisville NC. He is active in industry events and is a specialist in Quality Assurance and Agility leadership. Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor, he was Senior Director of Quality for Siemens Medical in Malvern Pa where he led a global team of over 200 people performing quality assurance for a major Healthcare IT effort. In this turnaround role, he was responsible for improving the results and infrastructure of a very large agile software development effort. Tony also has banking experience with MBNA and Bank of America where he served as Senior Vice President responsible for various software development, architecture and quality initiatives. Prior roles included engineering duties in the defense and aerospace industries.
“ChannelAdvisor sits at the intersection of e-commerce, internet advertising and software-as-a-service (SaaS) and we realized that we needed the ability to more rapidly respond to changes happening with both our partners such as eBay, Google and Amazon while also responding to our customer’s needs,” says Scot Wingo, CEO of ChannelAdvisor. “The launch of our new agile development center marks the culmination of our strategic switch from waterfall to agile/scrum development and prepares us for the future.”
Scrum is a sub-set of the agile movement and is named for the daily stand-up meetings that resemble a scrum in rugby. Contrarian to waterfall development, the scrum development process utilizes continuous integration where new features and parts of new features are released every 15-30 days. Because of these shorter cycles, the features being developed can be reprioritized rapidly or even new features added to the backlog and addressed in a timelier basis.
In addition to the switch to the Scrum process, ChannelAdvisor plans to add significant headcount to its product development and QA engineering teams in 2008.