Invited Talks

Weird Influences on XP
Kent Beck, Three Rivers Institute

Pair Programming:  Why Have Two 
Do The Work of One?
Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University

When pair-programming, two programmers work collaboratively on the same algorithm, design or programming task, sitting side by side at one computer. This practice has been surfaced several times in the last decades as an improved way of developing software. However, convention speaks against having two people work together to develop code -- having “two do the work of one.”  This talk will provide findings to counter this conventional wisdom and to show that quite often pair programming is the way to go for improved quality and cycle time. 

XP from a CMM Perspective
Mark Paulk, Software Engineering Institute

Extreme Programming (XP) has been advocated in recent publications as an appropriate programming method for the high-speed, volatile world of Internet and Web software development.  This popular methodology is reviewed from the perspective of the Capability Maturity Model for Software, a five-level model that prescribes process improvement priorities for software organizations.  Overviews of both XP and CMM are provided, and XP is critiqued from a Software CMM perspective.   The conclusion is that light-weight methodologies such as XP promulgate many good engineering practices, although some practices may be controversial and counter-productive outside a narrow domain.  For those interested in process improvement, the ideas in XP should be carefully considered for adoption where appropriate in an organization's business environment.

Jim Highsmith, Cutter Consortium 

Heavy is out. Light is in. As the Internet, e-business, and e-commerce change business models and turbulent markets create uncertainty, software development and management practices are also making a major transition. Extreme Programming, Lean Development, SCRUM, Crystal Method, Adaptive Software Development, and DSDM are showing organizations how to navigate the waters between the monolithic, prescriptive, process-centric methods and adhoc, anything goes RAD methods. Thin, lean, adaptive, or light-these emerging approaches are thin on process, thick on skills, and focus on people: collaboration, communications, and excitement. This talk will focus on the keys to utilizing a light methodology in your organization: Recognizing the relevant problem domain; Understanding the common principles of light methodologies and whether or not they fit your organization's culture; Articulating three frameworks-project management, software development, collaboration; and, Formulating a set of practices, tailored to your organization, that draw on a range of light methodology practices.

Ward Cunningham, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.  

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