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The New England executive management roundtable for development leaders


Welcome to the Engineering Executive Forum

The Engineering Executive Forum is an invitation-only peer group of senior development managers from the New England area.

The group meets one evening a month on the campus of a local college to share experiences on topics of professional interest, compare notes, and explore new ideas. Members exchange a wealth of best practices and problem solving experience. When appropriate, the Forum invites subject matter experts to facilitate discussions on special topics.

Now in its eight year, there are no membership fees and meeting attendance is solely based on member interest in the agenda topics.

Forum membership is limited to seasoned executives with development, marketing, or operational responsibility that complement the makeup of the current roster. Meeting attendance is on a reservation basis and is restricted to ensure attendees feel free to discuss issues in a frank and open manner.

If you think you qualify and would enjoy participating, contact us. We would love to welcome you.

Summer schedule:

The next EEF meeting will be on Tuesday Sept. 25. Watch for the announcement. We wish members a great summer season.


Richard Hason's presentation on Agile processes in custom Dept. of Defense development is posted in the members-only resources archive.

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Next Meeting

To be announced

Agile Software Development in the
Dept of Defense

Developing custom products for the military is a unique ball game. Beyond the technical complexities, there are competitive fly-offs, decades-long procurement cycles, oppressive regulatory documents, security clearances, demanding oversight etc. etc.

Despite occasional (but often highly publicized) program over runs, the DoD is reasonably leading edge and, like others, is struggling with Agile development as a potentially valuable software process.

This presentation will cover program management issues specific to DoD and Agile software development processes. A large recent program, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JRTS), will be highlighted as a case study of how new technology opportunities are executed and managed by the military.

Guest Speaker

Richard Hanson recently retired as the VP Development for General Dynamics' Communications Division. In this role he was responsible for over 1,000 engineers and revenues exceeding $1 billion.

Richard joined the EEF over a year ago and has contributed substantial insight to our body of knowledge.


Have a challenging management problem?

The Forum membership provides no-cost consultative services to companies and individuals. To email us, click here.

Have a topic you'd like to present?

Submit a topic proposal. The Forum provides no cost advisory board services and unvarnished feedback on a wide range of technology topics. Click here.

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