For Agile Open Northwest...
Diana Larsen -
As a partner in
specialist in the human side of software development, Diana Larsen expands teamsí
capabilities to interact, self-organize, and improve project performance.
She co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
(Pragmatic Programmers, 2006) with Esther Derby. Clients come to Diana because
of her experience and expertise; they stick with her because of her candor,
compassion and courage. She leads group processes for collaborative thinking
and planning, as well as guiding teams through project retrospectives. She
presents workshops, speaks and writes on self-organizing team development
and team leadership, project leadership, innovation development, leading
retrospectives and influencing organizational change. A former board member
of the Agile Alliance, Diana works with a wide network of colleagues.
She co-founded the International Retrospective Facilitators Gathering and the
Agile Open Northwest 2007 conference.
is a well-known Portland developer who participates in
a number of local groups. He works for Liberty Mutual Agency Markets on
open source software.
You can read his blog at
has spent more than 30 years as a software developer,
designer, project manager, trainer and coach. After a long career in IT for
a local government agency, he has managed an independent consultancy since 1995,
with clients ranging from government agencies to internet startups. Through his company,
, he works with teams to help
them adopt agile practices and with managers to help them understand how
to work with agile teams.
Charlie specializes in the role of tests in agile development and regularly
presents workshops on topics like Test-Driven Development and
Communicating with Tests.
Charlie is the primary maintainer of the open source
NUnit Test Framework, supporting cross-platform
development of managed code, and the author
of the NUnitLite embedded framework.
He is currently working on a number of test-integration tools, including
one for the Visual Studio environment.
Charlie maintains a developer-oriented web site at
charliepoole.org and a blog at
nunit.com/blogs. He developed and
hosts the Agile Open Northwest site.
, president of
in the transfer of analysis and design expertise to organizations through
training, mentoring, and consulting. Rebecca invented the set of design
practices known as Responsibility-Driven Design and is an innovator in
practical techniques. Her most recent book is Object Design: Roles,
Responsibilities, and Collaborations (Addison-Wesley, 2003). Rebecca and her
associates excel at helping teams develop solutions which support planned
variations. Throughout training and consulting, Wirfs-Brock Associates employ
the principles of Responsibility-Driven Design and fluidly move between
details and "big picture" thinking. Rebecca's clients are energized to
incrementally implement and communicate solutions to complex problems.
Rebecca is the design columnist for IEEE Software and blogs at
A former Agile Alliance board member, Rebecca is active in the Agile, OOPSLA,
and Software Development Best Practices conferences.
For the Co-evolution Picnic...
is the Director of Committer Community Development of the
, an innovative open source
collaboration among large and small commercial interests focused specifically
software development. Ward co-founded the consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham,
Inc., has served as an Architect in Microsoft's Patterns & Practices Group,
the Director of R&D at Wyatt Software and as Principle Engineer in the Tektronix
Computer Research Laboratory. Ward is well known for his contributions to the
developing practice of object-oriented programming, the variation called
Extreme Programming, and the communities supported by his WikiWikiWeb.
Ward hosts the AgileManifesto.org. He is a founder of the Hillside Group
and there created the Pattern Languages of Programs conferences which
continue to be held all over the world.