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Agile Philly Panel Discussion

The Big MEETING on March 26th - A Panel of Experts


Corey Haines
Ken Pugh
Mike Vizdos
Jim York
Brian Marick
Mike Bria


Philadelphia Marriott West 111 Crawford Avenue West Conshohocken, PA 19428 (610) 941-5600

Date / Time:

Thursday 26-Mar-2009 6:30 PM, start to gather. 7:00 PM, meeting. 8:30 PM, end, go to Shula's, a cash bar


Note that there will be no food or drink provided. Note that the charge for parking is $3.00 per hour.

Speakers and Bio

Corey Haines is currently a freelance developer and journeyman, traveling around to pair-program with other developers. He is an active member in the software craftsmanship movement, focusing his attention on post-apprenticeship activities. He started programming in the early 80's by cheating at video games (they weren't compiled back then) and fell in love with development as a teenager. He currently specializes in Ruby, but will pair in just about any language you want.

Ken Pugh is a fellow consultant with Net Objectives. He consults, trains, mentors, and testifies on technology topics ranging from object-oriented design to Linux/Unix to the agile software development. He has written several programming books, including the 2006 Jolt Award winner, Prefactoring, and has served clients from London to Sydney. When not computing, he enjoys snowboarding, windsurfing, biking, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Michael Vizdos has worked in all aspects of the system lifecycle. Michael speaks, draws and writes about various process IT-related topics and he is a Certified Scrum Trainer.

Jim York specializes in helping organizations radically reduce time to value. Lean and Agile thinking underpin the transformative practices that Jim teaches executive, management, and delivery teams. For more than 20 years as a management and IT consultant, he has led, mentored, and coached individuals, teams, and organizations in the implementation of Lean and Agile concepts. In addition to conducting public and on-site workshops, Jim blends his experience in Scrum, Agile Project Management, Lean Software Development, Extreme Program-ming, and traditional project management to deliver customized "just-in-time" train-ing to teams. As a Certified Scrum Trainer and member of the Scrum Alliance, Jim actively contributes to the advancement of the Scrum methodology.

Brian Marick graduated in 1981 with one degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and another one in English Literature. In his early career, he continued to be confused about his identity. Sometimes he was a programmer. Sometimes he was a tester. He became better at each because he understood the other.

Brian is the author of The Craft of Software Testing, which promotes test design techniques, how testers support the team, and unscripted exploratory manual testing. He was an author of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development and was the second chair of the Agile Alliance board of directors. Because the Agile methods encourage cross-disciplinary work, he's once again without a fixed identity. When consulting, he sticks his nose into everything

It was a great meeting


At AgilePhilly, we have been Promoting Agile Ideas since 1776

AgilePhilly is a not-for-profit user group of volunteers in the Philadelphia area dedicated to better software development practices.


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  • Our events are Free but you must RSVP.  We have Evening Meetings in the Western Suburbs, usually on the Third Tuesday.  They usually begin at 6:30 pm.  A sample agenda would be:
    • 6:30-7:00 pm: Eat & Greet & Network
    • 7:00-8:20 Main Topic/Speaker
    • 8:20-8:30 Q & A , Pack-Up, More Networking

  • Our Sponsors cover the cost of pizza / sandwiches for an evening.

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