Music City Tech 2019

September 5- 7 | Nossi College of Art | Madison, TN
About Music City Tech 2019

Music City Tech is a three-day event consisting of three simultaneous conferences, each focused on a particular community of technology professionals.

  • The Music City Code conference caters to developers and touches on all aspects of software and website development.
  • The Music City Agile conference brings together agile thought leaders, coaches, and trainers to share their valuable experiences and learn to leverage agile principles in their workplace.
  • The Music City Data conference focuses on big data trends, modern data management, self-service business intelligence, and machine learning.
Conference Website
https://www.musiccitycode.com
Conference Location

590 Creative Way
Madison, TN 37115

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Here's what we are talking about!
Machine Learning made Easy - An Introduction to ML.NET
By Alexander Slotte
Real-Time Data Streaming with Azure Stream Analytics
By Alexander Slotte
#KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying up those PBIs
By Julie Wyman and Jennifer Forrest
Machine Learning made Easy - An Introduction to ML.NET
By Alexander Slotte
Presentation time
September 7th
9:00a.m.
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Are you a Software Developer and always wondered what the hype is about when it comes to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?

Are you interested in knowing how you can incorporate Machine Learning algorithms in your existing applications?

Join this session for a deep dive in to the cross-platform open source repository of ML.NET!

In the session will touch upon:
- What Machine Learning is, and how it can make our applications smarter
- What ML.NET is, and why we should be excited
- What are some ways in which we can make our trained models operational

Real-Time Data Streaming with Azure Stream Analytics
By Alexander Slotte
Presentation time
September 7th
9:00a.m.
Register Now!

It’s imperative in today's world to be able to make split second decisions based on real-time data. Reports based on batch data are great for looking back at trends and potentially making long-term decision, but old data is in many cases already obsolete, and the opportunity to have an actionable impact on the success of a specific process may have been lost.

What if we easily could set up a near real-time data pipeline, that could be used to provide complex analytics, and make intelligent actions based on the result? Allow me to introduce Azure Stream Analytics! In this talk, we will take a closer look at the Azure Stream Analytics ecosystem, and look at real world examples streaming twitter feeds as well as sensor data from Raspberry Pi's, demonstrating how you can build your own burglar alarm.

#azure #eventhub #streamanalytics #raspberrypi #powerbi #webjobs #azurefunctions

#KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying up those PBIs
By Julie Wyman and Jennifer Forrest
Presentation time
September 6th
4:10p.m.
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Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to apply the principles of the #KonMari method to your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of years old stories, bugs, and tasks? Maybe you know a change is needed, but feel completely overwhelmed about where to start?

If any of these sound familiar, come join us to learn how to make your work life and product better through the life changing magic of tidying up your backlog. In this session, we’ll start by exploring the costs of a large, cluttered product backlog and the benefits to be gained by tidying up. Next, we’ll dive right in and show you step-by-step how to get started with tidying up your backlog, by adapting the principles outlined in the KonMari method. We’ll share real-life examples along the way and call out potential pitfalls to avoid, such as becoming a storage expert (otherwise known as a hoarder)! By the end of the session, you’ll know the specific next steps to take to, so that you too can realize the many benefits of a tidied-up product backlog – improved focus and visibility, increased self-organization, and easier decision-making.

Measuring Flow: Metrics that Matter
By Julie Wyman & Hunter Tammaro
Evening The Odds with Monte Carlo Project Forecasts
By Hunter Tammaro
Measuring Flow: Metrics that Matter
By Julie Wyman & Hunter Tammaro
Presentation time
September 7th
9:00a.m.
Register Now!

Does your Scrum team start all its stories on Day 1 of the Sprint? Do stories sometimes carry over into the next Sprint? Or perhaps testing always gets crammed in on the last day of the Sprint? If any of these sound familiar, your team may benefit from improving its flow.

Flow metrics are common with Kanban, but can provide tremendous value to any team, including those using Scrum. In this interactive session, we’ll start by exploring the value of achieving a smooth flow of work (versus simply achieving maximum utilization) and introduce the flow metrics of lead and cycle time, throughput, and the cumulative flow diagram. We'll review what each represents, discuss easy ways to collect them, and show how they are similar and different from common Scrum metrics. As each metric is introduced, we will provide examples to review and discuss, practicing how to read and interpret them in order to find opportunities for team improvement. You will leave the workshop knowing how to interpret and capture all these valuable metrics, so your agile team can improve its flow!

Evening The Odds with Monte Carlo Project Forecasts
By Hunter Tammaro
Presentation time
September 7th
3:00p.m.
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Even experienced teams struggle to make accurate project forecasts. After all, Agile projects embrace uncertainty and welcome changing requirements over the course of development. How do you get a sense of your project timeline when you know the least you ever will about it? You can't eliminate the unknowns in a new project, but by using the Monte Carlo method for forecasting, you can work with them. This session will introduce the Monte Carlo method and how it works through the real story of how it was used on a year-long project. Attendees will learn how to use Monte Carlo to create a project forecast, and how forecasting can help manage scope and schedule releases to make a project more successful. The session will cover lessons learned that help to work with (or around) the limitations of the technique. Attendees will also get an opportunity to try out a Monte Carlo forecast for themselves using a spreadsheet they can take to their real-life projects.

Machine Learning made Easy - An Introduction to ML.NET
By Alexander Slotte

Are you a Software Developer and always wondered what the hype is about when it comes to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?

Are you interested in knowing how you can incorporate Machine Learning algorithms in your existing applications?

Join this session for a deep dive in to the cross-platform open source repository of ML.NET!

In the session will touch upon:
- What Machine Learning is, and how it can make our applications smarter
- What ML.NET is, and why we should be excited
- What are some ways in which we can make our trained models operational

Real-Time Data Streaming with Azure Stream Analytics
By Alexander Slotte

It’s imperative in today's world to be able to make split second decisions based on real-time data. Reports based on batch data are great for looking back at trends and potentially making long-term decision, but old data is in many cases already obsolete, and the opportunity to have an actionable impact on the success of a specific process may have been lost.

What if we easily could set up a near real-time data pipeline, that could be used to provide complex analytics, and make intelligent actions based on the result? Allow me to introduce Azure Stream Analytics! In this talk, we will take a closer look at the Azure Stream Analytics ecosystem, and look at real world examples streaming twitter feeds as well as sensor data from Raspberry Pi's, demonstrating how you can build your own burglar alarm.

#azure #eventhub #streamanalytics #raspberrypi #powerbi #webjobs #azurefunctions

#KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying up those PBIs
By Julie Wyman and Jennifer Forrest

Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to apply the principles of the #KonMari method to your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of years old stories, bugs, and tasks? Maybe you know a change is needed, but feel completely overwhelmed about where to start?

If any of these sound familiar, come join us to learn how to make your work life and product better through the life changing magic of tidying up your backlog. In this session, we’ll start by exploring the costs of a large, cluttered product backlog and the benefits to be gained by tidying up. Next, we’ll dive right in and show you step-by-step how to get started with tidying up your backlog, by adapting the principles outlined in the KonMari method. We’ll share real-life examples along the way and call out potential pitfalls to avoid, such as becoming a storage expert (otherwise known as a hoarder)! By the end of the session, you’ll know the specific next steps to take to, so that you too can realize the many benefits of a tidied-up product backlog – improved focus and visibility, increased self-organization, and easier decision-making.

Measuring Flow: Metrics that Matter
By Julie Wyman & Hunter Tammaro

Does your Scrum team start all its stories on Day 1 of the Sprint? Do stories sometimes carry over into the next Sprint? Or perhaps testing always gets crammed in on the last day of the Sprint? If any of these sound familiar, your team may benefit from improving its flow.

Flow metrics are common with Kanban, but can provide tremendous value to any team, including those using Scrum. In this interactive session, we’ll start by exploring the value of achieving a smooth flow of work (versus simply achieving maximum utilization) and introduce the flow metrics of lead and cycle time, throughput, and the cumulative flow diagram. We'll review what each represents, discuss easy ways to collect them, and show how they are similar and different from common Scrum metrics. As each metric is introduced, we will provide examples to review and discuss, practicing how to read and interpret them in order to find opportunities for team improvement. You will leave the workshop knowing how to interpret and capture all these valuable metrics, so your agile team can improve its flow!

Evening The Odds with Monte Carlo Project Forecasts
By Hunter Tammaro

Even experienced teams struggle to make accurate project forecasts. After all, Agile projects embrace uncertainty and welcome changing requirements over the course of development. How do you get a sense of your project timeline when you know the least you ever will about it? You can't eliminate the unknowns in a new project, but by using the Monte Carlo method for forecasting, you can work with them. This session will introduce the Monte Carlo method and how it works through the real story of how it was used on a year-long project. Attendees will learn how to use Monte Carlo to create a project forecast, and how forecasting can help manage scope and schedule releases to make a project more successful. The session will cover lessons learned that help to work with (or around) the limitations of the technique. Attendees will also get an opportunity to try out a Monte Carlo forecast for themselves using a spreadsheet they can take to their real-life projects.