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The Bold, New Extreme programming Experiment; Now in its 9th Year



Brian Spears shares his company's adoption of extreme programming nine years ago and how his teams have evolved the process to suit their context. He shares the underlying keys to their success including management backing, the role and importance of a coach, and the eventual adaptation of XP with more experience. He also shares the non-XP practices and roles that evolved over the years.


Brian Spears has been developing software for over 20 years for diverse industries including manufacturing, defense, education, and communications. Brian currently works as a Principal Developer and Technical Lead at Follett Software Company in McHenry, Illinois. Since 2001, Brian has been part of an Extreme Programming team that has grown from a bold experiment into a proven success.

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Agile 2009 is an exciting international industry conference that presents the latest techniques, technologies, attitudes and first-hand experience, from both a management and development perspective, for successful Agile software development.

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Nov 13, 2009