April 24, 2002

Extreme Programming
John Brewer, Jera Design


A new software process community has recently sprung up, largely separate from, and unaware of, the traditional process improvement community. Practitioners of so-called "agile" processes, of which Extreme Programming
(XP) is the best known, emphasize finding the least possible amount of process needed to produce quality software. Agile processes tend to be used on smaller software development projects (often a dozen or so programmers
overall) in fields where traditional process improvement hasn't had much impact.

In this talk, John will focus on Extreme Programming, or XP. The best-known and best-defined of the agile processes, XP presents some old-fashioned software process wisdom in new ways. John covers the core practices of XP, and will discuss how XP works, where XP is applicable, and how XP fits in with CMM®-style software process improvement.

Speaker bio:

John Brewer is a veteran programmer who has worked on projects as diverse as flight simulators, web browsers, and CAD. He has been using agile methods for the past 4 years, and XP for the past two. He currently has a consulting practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping companies adopt XP and agile methods. He also maintains the Extreme Programming FAQ located at <http://www.jera.com/techinfo/xpfaq.html>.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2002
5:45 - 6:15 Sign-in, Refreshments, Networking
6:15 - 6:30 Introduction and SV-SPIN Business
6:30 - 7:45 Talk
7:45 - 8:15 Networking

LOCATION: General Dynamics Electronic Systems
100 Ferguson Drive, Mountain View, CA

MAP: <http://home.gd-es.com/sv-spin/gd.htm>

RSVP: Please RSVP before Monday, April 22, 2002
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