Presentation: "Transparency: great leap forward or exposed artery"

Track:   XpDay Sampler

Time: Thursday 17:15 - 18:15

Location: Guild Room


Agile propagandists make great claims about the advantages of being transparent about the state of their projects

They fill their walls with index cards and charts that expose their progress to anyone who might be wandering through the room. They have regular, intense feedback sessions where they make it clear to the stakeholders just how many things they need to fix. They claim that this how maturerelationships work and that "Honesty is the best policy".

But is this true? Many of us work in dysfunctional organisations where honesty is the best way to get cheated. Surely Transparency is just not pragmatic?

Steve Freeman, Independent Consultant

 Steve  Freeman

Steve was a pioneer of Agile software development in the UK, he has built applications for banks, ISPs, financial data providers, and specialist software companies. He has given training courses in Europe, America, and Asia.

Previously, he worked in research labs, software houses, earned a PhD, and wrote shrink-wrap software for IBM. Steve also teaches in the Computer Science department at University College London. He is a presenter and organizer at international industry conferences, and was conference chair for the first London XpDay.

Kent Beck, Three Rivers Institute

 Kent  Beck

Kent Beck is widely recognized as the father of eXtreme Programming and JUnit. He is the Founder and Director of Three Rivers Institute (TRI).

His career has combined the practice of software development with reflection, innovation, and communication. His contributions to software development include patterns for software, the rediscovery of test-first programming, the xUnit family of developer testing tools, and Extreme Programming.

He currently divides his time between writing, programming, and coaching. Beck is the author/co-author of Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change 2nd Edition, Contributing to Eclipse, Test-Driven Development: By Example, Planning Extreme Programming, The Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns, and the JUnit Pocket Guide.

He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

Keith Braithwaite, Zuhlke Engineering

 Keith  Braithwaite

Keith Braithwaite is a Principle Consultant with Zuhlke Engineering, and leads their Center for Agile Practice in London. He provides Agile training, consultancy and mentoring to development teams in the wholesale finance and mobile telecoms industries.

Previously he was Head of Technology Solutions for the ASIA-PAC region of WDS Global, and co-authored the first published descriptions of successful distributed Agile based on his experience there. He is a frequent speaker at Agile conferences around the world.

John Nolan, e2x

 John  Nolan

John Nolan has been an Agile practioner since 1999 having founded and run one of the world's longest Agile(XP) projects at Connextra (7+ years).

Connextra has been used as an influential case-study within the Agile community.

He has over 17 years of experience working with hardware and software in a number of domains from finance and advertising through to engineering and research.

John is currently a partner at e2x - a consultancy specializing in software delivery. Amongst other things, John is an ACM Distinguished Engineer.

Chris Matts

 Chris  Matts

Chris Matts is programme manager with a strong background in business analysis and development. He uses real options and agile project management techniques (Lean, Theory of Constraints, Business Value) to optimise the delivery of business value whilst effectively managing project risks. Chris has coached business and project teams in Agile Management, Analysis and Investment Banking for many years. He is a noted expert and speaker on Real Options, Agile Analysis and Business Value. He has a Masters degree in Mathematical Trading and Finance and a Masters Degree in Microelectronics and Software Engineering.

Currently, Chris is a business analyst consultant at Royal Bank of Scotland. Over the past 14 years, Chris has worked on derivative risk and trading systems at JP Morgan Chase, BNP Paribas, British Petroleum, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Chase Manhatten (Pre Merger) and Robert Fleming.

Chris is also dedicated to increasing literacy and math competency for people worldwide and has spent the last five years studying adult learning. His passion for learning has led him to sponsor a school for children living with AIDS in South Africa. Contact Chris at .