Steve Freeman, Independent Consultant
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 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 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 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 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
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 email@example.com