Abstract/Description

Bryan and Tim will draw from a variety of sources including personal stories, Pair Programming Illuminated, XP materials, slight-of-hand magic, guitar playing, electric parsnips and magic beans to demonstrate, educate, and entertain attendees.

Along the way, attendees will learn why pair-work is successful in many other disciplines, why it is hard to establish in software development, and how to reduce the threats that prevent adoption and experimentation with pair programming. You will leave more aware of, interested in, and capable of teaching and spreading the practice.

At the very least, you will have seen some funny hats and one gratuitous picture of a fuzzy puppy.

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About the Speaker(s)

Bryan Beecham is an Agile coach, trainer, developer and international speaker with over 20 years of comprehensive IT experience. His specialties include process transformation, coaching teams, teaching and facilitating Agile adoption. He is a software craftsman who is passionate about improving everyone’s ability to design and produce excellent software. Bryan has extensive experience designing and implementing software solutions. He is equally proficient discussing corporate vision with executives, advising companies on Agile transformation and teaching new techniques and practices to developers. Bryan is passionate about collaboration, extreme programming, discovering creative solutions and helping teams deliver value to customers. His style is designed to get active participation and to unlock creativity and learning regardless of technical background. Bryan has a published training video on TDD, Refactoring and Pair Programming and speaks regularly at Agile conferences world wide. His blog HumanRefactor.com is where he compares technical practices with the improvement of the human body. Bryan lives in Ottawa, Canada, plays guitar, and enjoys chasing soccer balls around when he has the opportunity. He also volunteers as a minor hockey coach and loves to talk about healthy living.

Tim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development). In addition to his contributions in "Clean Code" and "Agile In A Flash", Tim's articles appeared in the C++ Journal, Pragmatic Bookshelf, InfoQ, CIO, and SmartBear. Tim is one of the crew of experts at Industrial Logic, a premier agile consultancy, eLearning vendor, and thought leader. Here he joins with other industry experts to help people develop the skills that will make them awesome. Tim muses about of his experiences and ideas on the Agile Otter blog and the Industrial Logic company blog. Tim has writing credits in Agile In A Flash, Clean Code, and many articles scattered through old magazines and the world wide web. He is interested in becoming more effective and valuable, and in helping others do the same.