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Steve Freeman, Pioneer of Agile, Chair the first London XpDay /Track Host

Steve Freeman

Biography: Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman, author of Growing Object Oriented Software, Guided by Tests (Addison-Wesley), was a pioneer of Agile software development in the UK. He has developed software for a range of institutions, from small vendors to multinational investment banks. Steve trains and consults for software teams around the world. Previously, he has worked in research labs and software houses, earned a PhD (Cambridge), written shrink-wrap applications for IBM, and taught at University College London. Steve is a presenter and organiser at international industry conferences, and was chair of the first London XpDay.

Video presentations: Sustainable Test-Driven Development, Transparency: A Great Leap Forward or Exposed Artery?, Test Driven Development: Ten Years Later, Making Roles Explicit

Presentation: Thursday Introduction

Track: Keynote / Time: Thursday 08:45 - 09:00 / Location: To be announced

Thursdays Track Hosts will present the program and provide a short introduction to the Tracks of the day

Presentation: The monkeys and the fire hose: maintaining an XP team over 7 years

Track: Agile Adoption / Time: Thursday 16:40 - 17:40 / Location: Fleming

We represent three generations of the team that wrote and supports an internal bank system that has been releasing every fortnight for about seven years. Over that time, the team has almost completely changed, including several project managers, but has sustained its ability to deliver new features incrementally. Nowadays its long-term stability and effectiveness has earned the system senior-level support from the business. In this talk, we will try to figure out what made things work in the first place, and how we managed to avoid the system decaying into an unmaintainable ball of mud over all these years.