The pace of change and advancement in technology and business is accelerating at an ever increasing pace and startups are often on the edge of that process, pushing it forward and incorporating new understanding as quickly as possible. Recent developments have provided a common language and some formalization for the processes that successful startups have refined over time to find and execute successful businesses, revealing that in many ways a startup is an "agile" business process. In this discussion we'll take a look at these recent developments and what it means to be an agile business. We'll also discuss how startups typically operate in ways that differ from more traditional businesses, how that impacts product and technology development, and how non-startups can leverage some of the more advantageous aspects of "agile" businesses.
Leon Chism is an architect, developer, and startup CTO with more than 13 years of experience leading teams in the development of high volume, highly scalable web applications using a variety of technologies. He has held leadership positions in the technology organizations at Viewpoints Network, Orbitz, and Neoglyphics Media Corporation. Currently Leon is consulting and advising a number of local startups in the development of their technology teams and technology strategy.