Fokana IT Mission takes off with Agile workshop

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New York: The Fokana IT Mission (FITM) has launched a series of workshops for the benefit of IT professionals in US with the successful completion of its first ‘Agile Software development using Scrum’ workshop at New York.

The FITM is the IT initiative of the Federation of Kerala Associations in North America (FOKANA). FITM is based on the philosophy, ‘Give something back to our motherland & give something back to our professional domain’. The workshop for software developers and information technology professionals was held on April 17, 2010 in Queens, NY.

In his welcome address, Paul Karukappillil, President of FOKANA stressed on the need for such initiatives to bring the new generation IT professionals conversant with the latest technology. He expressed his support from FOKANA for all the activities of FITM and also praised the effort of Thomas Joseph Thandapral, Founding Chairman of FITM and his team for arranging the program in a short time after the launch of Fokana IT Mission. Thomas Joseph Thandapral, explained the key objectives and future plans for FITM during his introductory speech.

Manoj Vadakkan, Agile Coach and Release Manager for CGI Federal based in VA conducted the workshop on Agile software development using Scrum. He has been working in IT industry for last 15 years. Apart from giving an idea about the basics of Agile and Scrum, the workshop also gave practical advice on how to get started on an Agile project. George Abraham, Former CTO, UN Pension Fund, presented the keynote presentation on ‘Enterprise IT Management – How to create the business advantage?’ George, who is also the Chairman of US based Kerala IT Alliance (KITA) extended all support from his group to FOKANA IT Mission.

Arun Sivadas , Project Lead , NeST Software, who attended the workshop from NJ said, “Both presentations were very informative and this will be useful for us”. According to Thomas, apart from learning Agile, the event was a great networking opportunity for IT professionals from Kerala in US. FITM would be organising similar workshops in US and India.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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