I'm off to XP Day 2006 where I'm giving my "introduction to agile" talk.
The software development industry is a paradox: on the one hand software is becoming increasingly pervasive and adds huge value to society, but on the other hand, our industry remains plagued by failure. Clarke will describe how a simple misunderstanding of quality principles during the 1970's resulted in the widespread adoption of development methods - the waterfall model and it's modern equivalent the "V" model - which are simply unsuitable for product and software development work. He will describe how Agile development is based on a more appropriate quality model, how Agile works, why Agile works, and - most importantly - why Agile is hard work.
Clarke Ching is a New Zealander who now calls Scotland home. He is a passionate advocate of agile software development and is chairman of AgileScotland special interest group. He is a frequent speaker and part-time lecturer on agile methods. Clarke has an MBA specializing in Technology management and is a senior consultant with VISION Consulting. He is currently writing a "business novel" - see www.RollingRocksDownhill.com - which shows how Lean, Quality and Constraints Management thinking SHOULD be applied to software and product development organisation's.
If you're coming along please say hello - and maybe send me an email before hand. If you don't know what I look like(then be thankful). Chris Rimmer has a poster which has a fairly desperate picture of me on it at the top.
I'll also have my new ipod (I gave in) and a little voice recorder thingamajig that plugs into it somehow. I'm going to start podcasting soon and I can't think of a better place for material. So, if you're interested in a chat, then ...