Agile Gymnastics and Timebox Tumbling - A Hybrid Approach

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Learn from the experiences of's team. We've done it all - cowboy, waterfall, extreme, and agile scrum.

Learn why...

  • Waterfall doesn't always work
  • Agile has a place, but isn't the holy grail
  • Cowboy can kill the relationships you have with your stakeholders
  • How "Fixed Scope" is a lie
  • That a combination of approaches is the answer

The Examiner team has carefully honed, updated, improved, and iterated its process for over two years. It continues to evolve, improve, and make development more consistent and predictable.

Project management requires a blend of techniques and tools to effectively shepherd projects from ideation to release. We'll explore and discuss different tools and methodologies that can help make your project successful.

Saunders first presented on this Topic at Drupalcamp Austin as one of the Keynotes. The presentation was updated for Drupalcon Denver. The presentation is being updated and improved upon for Drupalcon Munich!

Saunders has worked in project management at a variety of shops ranging from the Western States Arts Federation as Senior Director of Technology, pingVision as Senior Web Producer, one of several Principals in Vintage Digital, Senior Director of Technology at, and most recently as CTO for Trellon LLC. He writes at regularly - mostly on the business of open source and Drupal.

Business and Strategy
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Thursday 13:00-14:00


This looks like a really great session. It's realistic to approach project management flexibly and on an 'as-needed' basis. I'd love to hear more about your philosophy and flexible techniques.

Project management is probably one of the most important, and too often overlooked areas in web development. We need more, and better, and qualified project managers to ensure strong and cohesive deliverables to our customers, whether in house, or external. I've worked with all kinds of project managers, and methodologies and have had the pleasure of working first hand with Saunders. This man knows how to manage people and projects, and knows about what he speaks. Looking forward to seeing this presentation.

This looks really good - and really practical. It's awesome getting a non-preachy, pragmatic approach to project management, focusing on what works.

Matthew's session in Denver was absolutely fantastic, and I'm sure that I and many others can benefit a lot from seeing what else he has to say about this. Hope it makes the cut!