PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mary Poppendieck, award-winning author and expert on Lean software development, will deliver a keynote address at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute's annual software architecture conference. The SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2013 Conference, which will be held April 29 through May 3, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will feature three keynote addresses by leaders in the field of software architecture. Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she was both a product champion and department manager. After managing a government software project in 1998, she wrote the award-winning book Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, and has co-authored two other books: Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash and Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point with her husband, Tom. A popular writer and speaker, Poppendieck brings fresh perspectives to the world of software development. " Mary Poppendieck's holistic view on design blends in with this year's SATURN topics of front-end and back-end architectures," said Heiko Koziolek, technical co-chair for SATURN 2013. "Front-end architectures not only must work with recent technologies while following proven patterns but also have to implement an interaction design that facilitates the user experience. This design permeates back-end architectures, which provide comprehensive applications and sophisticated information management to support the interaction design." In addition to the keynote presentations, the SATURN 2013 Conference includes an extensive program of technical sessions, practical tutorials, and two SEI courses. The conference provides attendees with the opportunity to network with international industry leaders in the field of software architecture.