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Monday, 3 August 2009

Speakers/topics for GGD Auckland event on 27/8

Myles Matheson from Microsoft will be presenting "Demystifying Business Intelligence" and Carolyn Sanders from Fronde Systems Group will be presenting "Scrum 101 - Unleashing the theory!".

Tickets are $35, price includes dinner and a glass of wine. Tickets available from


BI is real hot right now, but I often find myself in situations where I have to try and explain Business Intelligence (BI). It’s not that easy to define BI in a universal definition that everyone agrees with. BI is as much a collection of technologies and principles as anything else.

My talk will be about how companies use BI and what it means to the IT professional. I will take you through the first principles of BI. The who, why, and how we deliver BI systems today. We will also look at an end to end solution that many businesses already own.

Myles is a Solution Specialist for Microsoft New Zealand. He has worked in the field of data warehousing and business intelligence for the last 11 years both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has focused on the delivery of business intelligence projects, project management, the training of staff in business intelligence, and the development of the data delivery methodologies.

Myles has a wide experience of Business Intelligence technologies that are currently deployed in the market place. Myles has been involved with design, development and support of business intelligence systems using Microsoft technologies.

Myles regularly speaks at Microsoft events such as Tech ED demonstrating the SQL Server platform.


The core of the practice of Agile is the delivery of individual projects; it's where most practitioners start out, and it fundamentally changes the way a project team works together and works with their stakeholders.

Scrum is one of the most popular Agile delivery approaches at the moment. In this presentation, Carolyn Sanders uses one of her recent projects as a way to illustrate each facet of Scrum and how it panned out in real life, from start to finish.

This talk is directed at developers, testers, project managers, PMO managers and CIOs - who are relatively new to Scrum and want to explore the practical detail at the day-to-day level of a single project.

The session will end with a Q&A to allow you to explore how Scrum integrates with other parts of the practice of Agile, or dig deeper into how it worked for one team.

Carolyn Sanders is an experienced project manager and Principal Consultant at Fronde Systems Group, with a focus on project management and Agile. Carolyn learned BASIC in 1983, sparking a lifelong fascination with computers and software. After university she worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in NZ and Australia, on software development and business change projects. She joined Fronde Systems Group in 2002 as a project manager, gaining PMP certification in 2004.

A certified Agile Project Management professional and trainer, and ScrumMaster, she is Fronde's Agile practice lead, a working party member of the Agile Professionals Network, and a specialist in helping clients implement Agile approaches and manage Agile projects. She also blogs, facilitates, teaches and speaks on Agile and project management in a variety of forums.

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