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Keynotes at SD West

March 12, 2009

Robert C. Martin gave a keynote address on Monday at SD West  titled ‘Extreme Programming: After 10 years, why are we still talking about it?’ and the theme song for the talk was ‘I used to rule the world’ by Coldplay!!  Extreme Programming has been adapted to such an extent in the industry that it is not discussed much any more, and hence may appear to be ‘dead’. This is similar to object oriented design – nobody talks about it anymore because everyone uses those principles. He also mentioned the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship if you would like to take a look.

Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship

Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship

The Wednesday keynote was ‘Software Development Strategies, Philosophies, and Techniques: Traditional vs. Agile’ by Scott Ambler and Terry Quatrani. It was a very entertaining talk in the form of a parody with Scott acting out as the Windows guy (and Traditional approach) and Terry as the Mac (and Agile) person! They presented data based on a Dr. Dobbs survey from late 2008 that shows the difference between the Traditional, Ad-hoc, Agile and Iterative approaches, with the Agile and Iterative approaches doing so much better (as expected).

Coding monkey vs the jack of all trades

Coding monkey vs the jack of all trades

Success rates of the different approaches

Success rates of the different approaches

By: Veena Mankidy

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