Speaker: Ken Auer, RoleModel Software, Inc.
Keeping Software Soft
Abstract: The only reason software development is like any other kind of "hard" engineering is because we don't exploit its unique characteristics! But what would it look like if we took advantage of those characteristics? Can we get reliable results at a sustained velocity without sacrificing reliability? Yes, we can.
Extreme Programming (XP) is disciplined approach to software development
that has been producing impressive results and getting a lot of
people talking. Many say it cannot work. Others are doing it and seeing great results.
So what is XP? Our presenter will present the premise upon which XP is founded and a short discussion of the practices that hold it together.
Short Bio: Ken Auer
is the president and founder of RoleModel
Software, Inc. whose mission is to provide leadership in the development
of robust, flexible software assets that help meet its client's business
needs for today and tomorrow. Mr. Auer has an excellent track record of
results in a variety of business and technical roles. His experience as
a Developer, Technical Leader, Instructor, Project Manager, and Director
increases his effectiveness as he skillfully balances the business and
people sides of software with the technical side to maximize "real progress"
toward his clients' goals. In late 1998, RoleModel Software began building
the first eXtreme Programming Software Studio based on his vision. Mr.
Auer has been successfully applying his skills and experience in object
technology to a variety of real-world projects and organizations since
1985. He is well-known for his expertise in object technology through many
published materials and his frequent participation in industry conferences,
panels and workshops, and is currently co-authoring a book called Extreme
Programming Applied. Prior to founding RoleModel Software in 1997, Mr.
Auer served as Director of Applied Technology at Knowledge Systems Corporation
Williams, Computer Science, NCSU
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