New York Software Symposium
August 18 - 20, 2006 - Newark, NJ
Real-world Agile Development
Lots of developers want to use Agile development technique but don't know where to start. This session discusses how to get started with Agility, the key benefits you can expect, and the pitfalls to avoid.
There's the perfect world, and then there's the world you have to live in. Lots of organizations would like to reap the benefits of Agile development techniques but don't know how to get started. This session discusses the key benefits you can derive from Agile software development so that you can decide for yourself how many agile techniques will work within your organization. I discuss project planning and estimation, how to benefit from pair programming when you aren't allowed to pair, how to measure your progress, and other project milestones. Agile software development isn't just an unrelated set of activities, it is a discipline. Once you understand the component parts of the discipline, you can apply them to your less-than-perfect world.
Key Session Points
- What makes Agile tick?
- Flavors of agility
- Selectively applying agile practices
- Enforcing code quality
- Measuring progress
- Iterating over the waterfall
- Lessons learned
About Neal Ford
Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery.
Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis.
He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at http://www.nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.More About Neal »