agile open southern california 2011: your hosts
Woody Zuill: I've been programming computers since the early 1980's and I love the day-to-day process of rapidly creating maintainable, high value software. I was first introduced to Extreme Programming in 1998/99 and have been an addict ever since.
I've been training, facilitating, and coaching teams in the adoption of the Agile approach for almost 10 years in some form or another, and take every chance I get to speak at conferences, code camps, and user groups on Agile/Lean practices, especially regarding TDD, technical excellence, code excellence, and pair programming. I strive to continually learn, experiment, practice, and "inspect and adapt". My mantra is "Engage and See" in the traditional Napoleonic sense, but without a disastrous winter campaign in Russia.
It is exciting for me to see the software development community embracing the Agile/Lean/Extreme concepts, principles and practices.
I am proud to be associated with the Agile Open 2011 Southern California Event and invite you to join us for a great couple of days exploring the world of Agile Software Development.
Susan Elliott Sim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences University of California, Irvine.
Susan is focused on the production of long-lived research results that deepen our understanding of software engineering as a technology that is used by people and as a technology that affects people. She also focuses on training students to become great minds who contribute to society as engaged citizens and as innovative workers who are prepared for the future.
Her area of research is software engineering, in particular, tools that help software developers understand source code. She takes an empirical approach, meaning that she studies software developers to determine what technology is needed, how to build the technology, and whether we have built the technology correctly. Much of her research has been concerned with using benchmarking to validate research results and to advance research in scientific communities.
Her other areas of interest are research methodology, interoperability of reverse engineering tools, and software process for small business. For more information see her pages on research and papers.