The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-11-22T21:29:05Z Local Tester Achieves ISTQB Certification First 2010-11-22T21:29:05Z local-tester-achieves-istqb-ctal-tta-certification-first Brian Osman, Knowledge Engineer at Software Education, has become the first person in Australasia to gain the full suite ofInternational Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)advanced certifications. Already Advanced Test Manager and Advanced Test Analyst certified, Osman has now achievedISTQB Certified Tester, Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst (CTAL-TTA) certification, making him an ISTQBCertified Tester, Full Advanced Level Test Professional. CTAL-TTA certification only became available locallyin October, with Osman being awarded certificate number ATTA00001, issued by the Australia and New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB). In contrast to other certifications offered by the ISTQB/ANZTB, this advanced level certification covers the testing of technical requirements in detail - an aspect of testing which many find particularly challenging. Martyn Jones, Managing Director of Software Education, says of Osman: “Brian is a talented testing professional. While certification certainly isn'tthe onlymeasure of his considerable talent, it is a terrific achievement. By formalisingand adding more depth to his existing testing skills, Brian will be in more demand than ever with Software Education's customers.” # # # About Software Education www.softed.com With almost 20 years of experience, Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training in New Zealand and Australia. With over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, Executive Development and Agile Development, they not only provide access to leading-edge content but also get their customers connected to an unrivalled network of international experts. # # # About the ISTQB www.istqb.org The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a not-for-profit association legally registered in Belgium. It is composed of 47 member Boards from worldwide countries. Its stated vision is: “Enabling Test Professionals, through Globally accepted Software Testing Certification standards to support their career development, built on solid professional foundations and exemplary organizational culture. ” # # # About the ANZTB www.anztb.org ANZTB is the regional body representing and supporting software testing professionals in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZTB was constituted in Sydney in August 2005 as a non-profit organisation and a member of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). In conjunction with the ISTQB, the ANZTB is responsible for providing a consistent trusted accreditation system for the education and training of professional testers. Our Board develops, adopts and sets standards for software testing, training course development, and professional qualification. ANZTB is responsible for certification of testing professionals to the standards and syllabi laid down by the ISTQB. # # # Software Education's Knowledge Engineers Go Global 2010-10-18T02:46:28Z software-education-s-knowledge-engineers-go-global Sharon Robson, Knowledge Engineer and Agile Testing specialist at Software Education, has received a personal invitation from the Test & Evaluation Executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in the US to speak on Agile testing at their next staff 'Test and Evaluation Forum' in Washington DC this December. The 'Test and Evaluation Forum' is an internal session featuring speakers from across the Department of Defense Test and Evaluation community, industry and academia. The forum exists to highlight initiatives, current best practices and new and innovative test and evaluation methodologies. Motivated by the desire to transition the Department of Defense IT Test, Evaluation and Certification (TE&C) processes to an Agile model, the Agency approachedRobson following her presentation “Focussing with Clear Test Objectives” at the recent STARWEST conference in San Diego. Not only is Sharon remarkably active in the global testing community - she is a founding board member of the Australia New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB), chairs the Marketing Working Group of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and was recognised as one of 13 global “Women of Influence” by Software Test & Performance magazine in the US this year - she is also a passionate advocate for the value and importance of software testing. Martyn Jones, Managing Director of Software Education, says of Robson: “Sharon Robson epitomises the sort of world-class talent we focus on hiring and retaining. Along with her testing, analysis, design and language training colleagues, Sharon is in strong demand in Australia and New Zealand.” # # # About Software Education www.softed.com With almost 20 years of experience, Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training in New Zealand and Australia. With over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, Executive Development and Agile Development, they not only provide access to leading-edge content but also get their customers connected to an unrivalled network of international experts. Software Education, working closely with the Agile Academy in Australia, has developed considerable expertise in Agile software development. This year Software Education will deliver around 200 Agile courses, along with Agile consulting activities, in the region. # # # First International Speakers Announced for SDC 2011 - Transforming Analysis 2010-08-15T22:29:52Z first-international-speakers-announced-for-sdc-2011-transforming-analysis Software Education has announced the first three international speakers for its 15th annual business analysis-focused conference, SDC, being held in Wellington on 21-22 March and in Sydney on 24-25 March2011. With the theme “Transforming Analysis”, SDC 2011 promises to deliver an inspirational line up of speakers and, at times, controversial topics which reflect the changing nature and function of business analysis. As in previous years, the conference capitalises on Software Education's extensive international network of experts to deliver a powerful combination of forward-thinking insights and in-depth, practical solutions to the issues facing business analysts today. The three speakers confirmed so far are: Johanna Rothman (USA) Rothman Consulting Group Johanna is an internationally recognised expert in managing IT product and software development. She is a consultant, frequent public speaker, and has also written a number of popular books, her most recent being 'Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects'. Previous books include the 2008 Jolt Productivity award winning 'Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management'; and 'Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management' (with Esther Derby). Kent J. McDonald (USA)Knowledge Bridge Partners & Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance Co-founder and current President of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), Kent specialises in successfully applying pragmatic approaches to strategic planning and coaching business analysts and project managers. Kent is co-author of 'Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility', a book that brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help organisations deliver business value and build competitive advantage. Steve Adolph (USA)Agile Coach, Rally Software Agile Coach, co-founder of Agile Vancouver and published author, Steve is passionate about helping organisations get the job done. With a long professional career involving business-critical projects such as the design and development of leading edge network management systems, Steve is an expert when it comes to teaching others about business modelling, requirements analysis, software architecture and design.More details about SDC 2011 - Transforming Analysis can be found at www.softed.com # # # BACKGROUND Software Education Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training, with over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing,IT Managementand Agile Development. Each year, as part of their commitment to providing access for their customers to an unrivalled network of international experts, they run two world-class conferences: STANZ, targeting the software testing community and SDC, aimed at business analysts. # # # Software Education Sponsors Women in Technology - ICT Professional Award 2010-08-12T21:24:29Z software-education-sponsors-women-in-technology-ict-professional-award In recognition of the importance of womento the IT industry, Software Education has announced its sponsorship of theWomen in Technology - ICT Professional Award 2010. This award, established to provide recognition for women who contribute to Queensland's ICT industries through their achievements and commitment to ongoing professional development, carries with it not only peer and industry recognition, but also prizes which include a $3,000 training package from Software Education. Software Education's Managing Director, Martyn Jones, says of the award: "Historically, women have been very much underrepresented in the IT industry. I'm delighted to say that this has changed and continues to do so, with the help of organisations such as WiT - organisations committed to smoothing the way for future generations of women ." "In fact, we pride ourselves on connecting our customers tosome of the most influential women in IT, women such as Dorothy Graham, Johanna Rothman and Suzanne Robertsonand our very own Sharon Robson, identified as a global "Woman of Influence" by Software Test & Performance magazine in the US." Founded in 1997 with the support of just 10 women, WiT is now one of the leading technology associations for women in Australia.The WiT Award ceremony takes place on Saturday 18th September 2010 at the Chifley At Lennons, Brisbane. For more information, visit the WiT website. # # #BACKGROUND Software Education www.softed.com Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training, with over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing,IT Managementand Agile Development. Each year, as part of their commitment to providing access for their customers to an unrivalled network of international experts, they run two world-class conferences: STANZ, targeting the software testing community and SDC, aimed at business analysts. # # # Software Education Finalises International Line Up for STANZ 2010 2010-05-10T23:02:24Z software-education-finalises-international-line-up-for-stanz-2010 Software Education has added two more international speakers to the line up for its 9th annual Software Testing Australia/New Zealand (STANZ) conference, being held in Wellington on 23–24 August and in Sydney on 26–27 August 2010. The addition of Mark Micallef, QA Team Leader with BBC Future Media and Technology in the UK and Henrik Andersson, Founder & Consultant with House of Test in Sweden, takes the total number of international speakers to five.Mark Micallef (UK)BBC Future Media and TechnologyMark is a software Quality Assurance and Test Automation specialist with BBC Future Media and Technology. With around 65 million daily hits, the BBC News website is one of the most popular in the world. Mark’s keynote will look at how his team overhauled the underlying architecture as well as the look and feel of this site during a particularly busy year of major events (think Winter Olympics, Formula 1, UK Election, World Cup, etc). Henrik Andersson (Sweden)Founder and Consultant, House of TestHenrik is a leading European consultant in the field of testing in Scrum environments and the use of Exploratory Testing. He will deliver a keynote examining how and where things can go wrong in an Agile environment (and how to set them right) and a workshop designed to help participants make the move to Exploratory Testing with a minimum of disruption to the overall test process.Other international speakers previously announced are Scott Barber, Rex Black and Dawn Haynes: Scott Barber (USA)Chief Technologist of PerfTestPlusExecutive Director of the Association for Software Testing, co-founder of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability and co-author of Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, Scott is widely recognised as a thought-leader in software performance testing. Scott will deliver a keynote and workshop on performance testing in Wellington and Sydney. Rex Black (USA)President RBCS Immediate past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and co-author of the ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Syllabus, Rex is a perennial favourite at STANZ. Rex will present a keynote on the management of test automation and a workshop which examines the future of test management. Dawn Haynes (USA)Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlusWith over 20 years of experience supporting, administering, developing and testing software and hardware systems, Dawn is a highly-regarded trainer of software trainers and a Director of the Association for Software Testing. Dawn will deliver a keynote examining the issues around team dysfunction and a workshop which will discuss strategies to ensure the robustness of software. Run over two days in each location, this conference is recognised as Australasia’s premier software testing conference. As Dorothy Graham, UK-based Software Testing expert and past presenter at STANZ says: “You can’t get a better testing conference unless you travel to the other side of the world!”Visit www.softed.com for more details. # # # Software Education Celebrates 20 Years of Software Development Training 2010-02-19T00:43:48Z software-education-celebrates-20-years-of-software-development-training Internationally recognised local experts in software development training, Software Education, this month celebrate 20 years of software development training.Formed in 1990 as a result of a management buyout of the education division of Datacom, Software Education have been leaders in the introduction of world-class, professional-level training for software developers in New Zealand and Australia.Managing Director, Martyn Jones, has led the Software Education team since its inception in 1990.During this time Jones has been witness to significant change within the IT industry, and the software development training industry in particular. As he says:“When we started all those years ago, most were predicting the demise of the classroom and a wholesale move to Computer Based Training of one sort or another. Particularly for advanced training, the classroom has remained as strong as ever.”“What’s more, we’ve seen a variety of ‘silver bullets’ come and go - technology solutions proposed to lift our productivity in building software. What has endured is the people factor – as Yourdon, de Marco, Lister and others have told us, it is still all about the quality and skills of people. Research clearly indicates that the quality of the people in technical teams has more influence than tools and techniques. That’s why Software Education offers “soft skills” training alongside pure technical courses.”Jones believes Software Education has made a significant contribution to the software development industry. He says: “Whilst we do have competitors - we’ve seen many come and go – Software Education has consistently delivered professional-level training for software developers that no one else could match on quantity or quality. In particular, our unique connection to leading experts throughout the world has enabled us to bring these people “down under” to both contribute new ideas and build capability with many of the region’s more sophisticated software development shops.”And in many respects, Software Education has been ahead of the wave. For example, some years ago they brought Kent Beck, Jim Highsmith and Alistair Cockburn to this region to talk about Agile. They also took the initiative to establish a software testing certification authority in NZ and Australia (what has now become the Australian and New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB)).It is this network, he argues, which not only ensures they stay at the leading edge of software development, but also paves the way for delivering more of their courses world-wide:“Late last year Software Education granted a licence to South African IT training company, NextGen, to deliver one of our flagship courses, “Business Systems Analysis” in South Africa. We will actively pursue any opportunities to grow our business in this way - we are working in exciting times!” # # # About Software Education www.softed.com With 20 years of experience, Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training in New Zealand and Australia. Offering more than 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, Executive Development and Agile Development, we not only provide access to leading-edge content but also get our customers connected to an unrivalled network of international experts. Whether through our public courses, individually tailored in-house training or our international conferences, STANZ and SDC, with our help our customers acquire practical, relevant skills which they can use immediately. What’s more, we can help customers acquire certification, if that’s important to them. # # # Software Education Welcomes Professor Philippe Kruchten as “Academic in Residence” 2010-01-26T02:01:16Z software-education-welcomes-professor-philippe-kruchten-as-academic-in-residence Software development training experts, Software Education, welcome Philippe Kruchten, Professor of Software Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as their “Academic in Residence” for 2010. In the first of what the organisation expects will be a series of visiting academics in residence, Professor Kruchten will be joining Software Education in February to provide further expert advice on the enhancement of the organisation’s market-leading software development courses. First and foremost a professional software engineer with 30 years of industrial experience, Professor Kruchten was lead architect of Rational Software’s internationally-acclaimed software development method, the Rational Unified Process which, he says, captures the many lessons learned in his years as a system developer and as a consultant. Martyn Jones, Managing Director at Software Education, says of Professor Kruchten’s visit: “We are delighted to welcome a software engineer of Professor Kruchten’s calibre and reputation to Software Education and look forward to bringing his professional and academic expertise to bear on all aspects of the courses we offer.” In March, Professor Kruchten will also be at Software Education’s world-class Software Development Conference (SDC) – Business Analysis Gets Agile!, where he will present a keynote on the subject of product backlogs, hold a workshop on iteration and release planning and, in Sydney only, will present a one-day, pre-conference workshop on software architecture for the business analyst. # # # About Software Education www.softed.com With almost 20 years of experience, Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training in New Zealand and Australia. With over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, Executive Development and Agile Development, they not only provide access to leading-edge content but also get their customers connected to an unrivalled network of international experts. Whether through their public courses, individually tailored in-house training or their international conferences, STANZ and SDC, with their help their customers acquire practical, relevant skills which they can use immediately. What’s more, they can help customers acquire certification, if that’s important to them. # # # Software Education's Sharon Robson Receives Global Recognition as Tester of Influence 2010-01-14T21:46:19Z software-education-s-sharon-robson-receives-global-recognition-as-tester-of-influence January 15, 2010 Software Education’s Sharon Robson Receives Global Recognition as Tester of Influence Sharon Robson, Knowledge Engineer at Software Education, has been recognised by US magazine, Software Test & Performance, as one of the world’s top women software testers. In the latest issue, entitled “Women of influence”, Karen Johnson, herself a leading light in the software testing industry, identifies Sharon as one of 13 women from around the world whom she believes have had significant influence on the profession. With representation from the US, Europe, Canada and India, including the likes of Dorothy Graham and Elisabeth Hendrickson, Sharon is the sole representative from Australasia. Each individual was asked not only to contribute an article to the magazine, but also to share their career highlights and insights into the software testing profession. In Sharon’s case, she highlights three principle areas of accomplishment: her training activities with Software Education, during which she is able to “open the world of testing to others”; her corporate work prior to joining Software Education and finally her work as a founding board member of the Australia New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB). As she says: “Software testing shows the value of the system that has been built – for the team it is empowering, it is validating, it is the rationale for the work that has been done and what is yet to come; for the customer it is assurance that the software will perform to spec.” Sharon will be MC for the region’s most comprehensive software testing conference, STANZ 2010, taking place in Wellington and Sydney in August. # # # # About Software Education www.softed.com With almost 20 years of experience, Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training in New Zealand and Australia. With over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, Executive Development and Agile Development, they not only provide access to leading-edge content but also get their customers connected to an unrivalled network of international experts. Whether through our public courses, individually tailored in-house training or our international conferences, STANZ and SDC, with our help our customers acquire practical, relevant skills which they can use immediately. What’s more, we can help customers acquire certification, if that’s important to them. # # # # About Software Test & Performance Magazine http://www.stpcollaborative.com/magazine Software Test & Performance magazine is the leading publication for software and application development managers, project managers, team leaders and test and QA managers. Software Test & Performance Collaborative serves the global software testing and performance community, providing more than 50,000 software professionals with information, education, training, and professional networking opportunities. Software Test & Performance Collaborative is a Redwood Collaborative Media community dedicated to providing a highly interactive, dynamic platform for community, resources and knowledge sharing for test and QA professionals. Software Education Announces First Three International Speakers for STANZ 2010 2009-12-06T23:20:54Z software-education-announces-first-three-international-speakers-for-stanz-2010 Software Education has announced the first three international speakers for its 9th annual Software Testing Australia/New Zealand (STANZ) conference, being held in Wellington on 23–24 August and in Sydney on 26–27 August 2010. Run over two days in each location, this conference is recognised as Australasia’s premier software testing conference. As Dorothy Graham, UK-based Software Testing expert and past presenter at STANZ says:“You can’t get a better testing conference unless you travel to the other side of the world!”The conference taps into Software Education’s extensive international network to deliver in-depth, practical solutions to the issues facing software testers today – delivered by a diverse range of people who are passionate about what they do. Scott Barber (USA)Chief Technologist of PerfTestPlusWidely recognised as a thought-leader in software performance testing, Scott is the Executive Director of the Association for Software Testing, co-founder of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability and co-author of Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications. Scott believes that the most effective and efficient testing is accomplished when the project and organisational context are known and used to guide the testing effort.Rex Black (USA)President RBCS Immediate past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and co-author of the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus, Rex is a perennial favourite at STANZ. We’re delighted to be able to have Rex join us for his fourth STANZ.Dawn Haynes (USA)Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlusWith over 20 years of experience supporting, administering, developing and testing software and hardware systems, Dawn is a highly-regarded trainer of software trainers and a Director of the Association for Software Testing. Dawn is particularly passionate about improving the state of performance testing across the industry. As Martyn Jones, Managing Director at Software Education, says:“I believe our organisation has an important role to play in raising the professionalism and profile of software testing in our region. We’re delighted to be able to bring experts of this sort of calibre to Australia and New Zealand, year after year, to share their wealth of experience and demonstrate the critical impact professional software testing has on global business.”Visit www.softed.com for more details. # # # Software Education Launches Online ISTQB Advanced Testing Courses 2009-11-05T20:24:22Z software-education-launches-online-istqb-advanced-testing-courses Software Education has today announced the addition of two ISTQB-endorsed advanced testing courses to its existing suite of online software testing courses.Created and delivered online by ISTQB co-founder, past President and co-author of the Advanced Syllabus, Rex Black, Software Education’s new Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Test Manager courses not only prepare students for the appropriate ISTQB examinations, but also help to give students a very clear software testing career path. Aimed at senior test analysts and test teams, the Online ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst course is ideal for testers who are looking to build on their existing knowledge of software testing. The Online ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course is aimed more at those with managerial responsibilities and covers advanced test estimation, planning, monitoring and control. As online courses, both offer students the flexibility to learn when and where it suits them – there are no timetables to adhere to and students can revise and revisit unfamiliar aspects of the course as often as necessary. What’s more, both courses are supported by Software Education’s highly experienced team of software testing trainers. Software Education is making these premium courses even more affordable, with special introductory pricing of $1,595 including GST for either course. Visit www.softed.com for more details. Background Software Education Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training, with over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, IT Management and Agile Development. Software Education Finalises Line-Up for SDC 2010 - Business Analysis Gets Agile! 2009-10-26T23:40:17Z software-education-finalises-line-up-for-sdc-2010-business-analysis-gets-agile Software Education has finalised the line-up for its 14th annual Software Development Conference (SDC), to be held in Wellington on 22-23 March and in Sydney on 25-26 March 2010. Run over two days in each location, this conference is billed as a key event for anyone interested in business analysis and Agile methods. With topics as diverse as “The Vanishing Analyst” and “What colours are your backlog?” Conference Manager, Iain Jenkins says: “Whether you're looking for inspiration and motivation or for practical tools and techniques you can put to use right away, look no further!” As in previous years, Software Education has made the most of its impressive international network to secure an outstanding line up of international and local speakers: Tim Lister, (USA) Principal of the Atlantic Systems Guild, author and analysis trainer. Tim is co-author, with Tom DeMarco, of the acclaimed "Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams”. His latest book, co-authored with his Guild partners, "Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies" won the Jolt Award for Best General Computing Book 2008-2009. Tim’s keynote, “Managing Front End Risk – It’s Always a Risky Business at the Start” takes an in-depth look at the risks inherent in the early stages of a project and offers proven mitigation strategies. As Tim says, “Being a good manager or analyst is hard; that’s why these jobs are so much fun!” Diana Larsen, (USA) Chair of the Agile Alliance Board, author and Co-Founder FutureWorks Consulting. Chair of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors and co-author of:"Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great!" Diana partners with leaders and teams of software development projects to improve project performance, support and sustain change and build collaborative workplaces. Diana’s keynote, “Clarity Rules! Six Collaboration Skills Critical to Effective, Successful Teams” describes not only the skills involved in creating successful teams, but also provides clear techniques to get them active within teams. This theme carries over into her interactive workshop, “Creating a Climate for Project Team Success”, during which Diana will explore ways to optimise four key factors in the workplace: motivation, environment, support and trust.James Shore, (USA) Founder, Titanium IT, author and Gordon Pask Award winner for Contributions to Agile Practice from the Agile Alliance.A thought leader in the Agile software development community, James was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice from the Agile Alliance and is co-author of the book, "The Art of Agile Development". In his keynote, “The Vanishing Analyst” James takes a look at the changing role of the business analyst and shows how it continues to be as crucial as ever. James’s workshop, “Beyond Story Cards: Agile Requirements Collaboration” looks at where requirements live in Agile, how various roles fit in, where stories come from and what happens after they are created.Philippe Kruchten, (Canada) Professor of Software Engineering, University of British Columbia and Founder, Kruchten Engineering Services Lead developer of the software engineering process: Rational Unified Process (RUP), Philippe’s books on RUP ("An Introduction" and "A Practitioner's Guide") have sold over 200,000 copies and been translated into nine languages. Philippe’s keynote, “What Colours are Your Backlog?” takes a look at how the product backlog has become a key artifact in any software development project. He examines the content of a backlog and how you balance the needs of all interested parties. In his workshop, “Iteration and Release Planning”, Philippe comments that iteration planning and release planning seem very simple: you pour features in a backlog, shake, prioritise, implement and deliver. In reality, it is a tad more complicated. This workshop examines various techniques that help project leaders plan and track iterations and releases in a chaotic environment.Nigel Dalton, (Australia) General Manager, IT, Lonely Planet A recent speaker at Agile Australia 2009, Nigel is the latest addition to the conference programme. Details of Nigel’s keynote will be announced shortly. Software Education believes that SDC offers delegates a unique experience, specifically designed with the Business Analyst in mind. As Martyn Jones, Managing Director at Software Education says: “This unbeatable group of independent, international keynotes provides an outstanding opportunity for local business analysts – we’re looking forward to delivering the best SDC yet!” A sell out event in Wellington in 2009, organisers of SDC 2010 are urging Business Analysts to register soon, to avoid disappointment. Background Software Education Software Education are the internationally recognised local experts in software development training, with over 50 different course titles in Business Analysis, System Design, Programming, Software Testing, IT Management and Agile Development. Each year, as part of their commitment to providing access for their customers to an unrivalled network of international experts, they run two world-class conferences: STANZ, targeting the software testing community and SDC, aimed at business analysts. The programme for SDC 2010 can be found at http://www.softed.com/sdc Agile software development Agile software development refers to a group of methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organising cross-functional teams. Agile development aims to satisfy customers and stakeholders through the early and continuous delivery of high quality software. It combines proven approaches from: Contemporary software (Test Driven Development (TDD), refactoring, eXtreme Programming); Lean manufacturing techniques (eliminate waste, decide as late as possible); and Modern approaches to effective organisational cultures (self-organising teams, empowerment and trust)