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Troy Frever discovered XP in 2000, after two decades as a professional software developer. Since then he has been an Extreme Programmer and Coach for a number of companies in the Seattle area, including Active Voice, Cisco Systems, Quicksilver Technology, Aviarc Corporation, and RealNetworks. He is currently having a grand time as a member of the agile development team at Smilebox, Inc. in Redmond, WA. When he's not writing unit tests or refactoring mercilessly, Troy enjoys backpacking and skiing with his family and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Troy is also an organizer of the Seattle Extreme Programming Users Group (SXPUG).
Diana Larsen served three years as Chair of the Agile Alliance board of directors and is currently serving as Treasurer for the group. As a partner in FutureWorks Consulting, Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish. With more than fifteen years of experience working with technical professionals, she brings focus to the human side of organizations, teams, and projects. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! with Esther Derby, and writes occasional blog posts and articles.

Diana discovers solutions and possibilities where others only find barriers and obstacles.

Patrick Logan has been a professional in the software industry since 1981, and in Portland since 1988. He's been part of a wide range of software projects from computer aided design and manufacturing of electronics, to financial systems, object-oriented database systems, and video conference systems. He has coached and practiced agile development for many years. His appreciation for interactive, iterative, test-driven development stems from his affection for and experience with dynamic languages, reaching back to the Bronze Age with Lisp and Smalltalk.

You can read his blog at

Charlie Poole 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, PooleConsulting, 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. He 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 and a blog at He developed and hosts the Agile Open Northwest site.

Ian Savage. A quality evangelist, Ian is a veteran software developer, quality assurance engineer, and manager with experience in the manufacturing, financial services, construction estimating, and software security fields. For more than 30 years, he has worked to improve productivity and software quality through rigorous development methods and processes and now through the pragmatic application of Agile methods.

Ian serves on the Software Association of Oregon’s Program Committee and represents the Central Oregon SAO chapter on the SAO Board. He authored the SAO QA Forum charter and serves on its Steering Committee. He contributed to American Society for Quality’s certification program for software quality engineers and serves on the AgilePDX Steering Committee. He is a member, and ardent supporter, of the Agile Alliance.

Ian attended the very first Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in 1983. Since then he has served on PNSQC’s board as President, Vice President, and Secretary. He has also chaired the PNSQC Software Excellence, the Strategic Planning, and the Program Committees.

Michael Tardiff is a senior consultant and agile coach at SolutionsIQ. He has been working with teams to deliver software and services for over two decades, in large enterprises and small startups on both coasts and in Europe. He has a background in operating systems development, enterprise portals, web-based B2B e-commerce, data communications networks, web presence and telecommunications products.

"Hearing development happen" as teams collaborate, pair-program, and resolve issues is one of Michael's joys, and with expertise in product, program, and project management at a director level, he has delighted and been successful in no position more than ScrumMaster and Agile coach.

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, president of Wirfs-Brock Associates, specializes in the development of design and architecture expertise to organizations through training, mentoring, personal coaching, and consulting. A former Agile Alliance board member and IEEE Software design columnist, Rebecca is active in the agile and patterns community. Rebecca is producer of the 2011 Agile conference Insights stage. If you are interested in potentially writing about agile experiences and insights and sharing them at Agile 2011, contact Rebecca.

Rebecca invented the set of design practices known as Responsibility-Driven Design and has authored two popular books on object design. She is an innovator practical design and analysis techniques, including commonality-variability analysis and hot spot cards to characterize design flexibility. She excels at helping teams develop solutions to complex problems. Rebecca works with teams to improve how they approach agile design, manage and reduce technical debt, refactor their code, and address architectural risks.

Rebecca blogs at

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