Chris Holland

Test-Driving Agility into Software

This session will explore how much time and energy we currently waste when writing software, simply to answer two simple questions:

* "Does my code work?"
* "Did I just break something?"

As we explore these pain-points, Test-Driven Development will emerge as a surprisingly efficient workflow putting us in a position to ship code sooner, more often, on a sustained basis.

Most of us are "surprised" by this, as it just seems very counter-intuitive to write a test before even having written any code. Yet, as we explore this workflow, we start uncovering the efficiencies that we gain, and things become fascinating.

As a result, we will show what it "feels" like to write software that responds to change, as a true sensation of agility emerges, driven not by Scrum, but instead, driven by better code.


Chris Holland

Director, Engineering, TriNet

Chris Holland leads a small Software Engineering Team at an HR company. Throughout a career spanning more than 20 years, Chris has held Sr. Engineering and Leadership roles for small and large successful publicly-traded companies such as EarthLink and Internet Brands, serving business models across Content, Commerce, Travel & Finance on a wide variety of technology stacks including PHP/LAMP, Java/J2EE and C#/.Net, catering to audiences over 100 million monthly visitors.

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