Yesterday we did our second Medical Devices software seminar, this time in snowy and cold Minneapolis. Say what you will about the weather, but this city is built for winter…it has various overhead ‘tunnels’ called ‘skyways‘ connecting what seemed to be the entire downtown core, so you rarely ever need to go outside.
Anyways, our seminar drew the interest of over 75% of registrants, mostly software engineers and QA, so really another great turnout. The format was the same as our Boston event, with the same players from SterlingTech, Klocwork (duh) and Vector Software. There really didn’t seem to be too much separating this group from the Boston group with the exception being around the development methodologies being used. The Boston group all appeared to be using (or moving to) and Agile methodology, whereas this group was not using Agile at all. For the life of me I cannot explain this. I would have thought if Medical device organizations in one part of the country were primarily using Agile, perhaps it was becoming the norm for that market segment…but based on this sample, now I just don’t know. If anyone can share their observations on this, I would love to hear from you.