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Agile 2007 Keynote Speakers
Business Executive, Mountain Climber, International Speaker and co-author of: TOGETHER ON TOP OF THE WORLD: The remarkable story of the first couple to climb the fabled Seven Summits. Susan's record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she's held a series of executive positions in several Fortune 500 companies, most recently as a Vice President of Strategic Accounts. She led teams to performance records with responsibility for $600 million in revenue, predominantly designing, selling and deploying large complex data networks for the corporation's largest clients. And during that era of corporate achievement, she and her husband Phil became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits - the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents.
Not a professional mountain climber, she trained by climbing 35 stories in her high-rise office building on her lunch hour for a year - with a 40-pound pack on her back. Her remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 2002. The feat earned them world-wide media attention, including Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times and countless others.
Today, Susan tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals. Her clients include technology companies such as: Microsoft, Pacific Edge Software, IEX, ICODE, IBM, iDirect, Magma Design Automation, Lockheed Martin, Cisco Systems and MetLife Institutional IT.
What can climbing to the pinnacle of the world teach us? Susan will share her story --how she did it, what it takes to climb mountains and break performance records. Her secrets of survival in business and in life will open our minds to how we may better reflect, correct, and adapt in our Agile projects. As Susan tells her story, ask yourself what mountains you are climbing. Think about what skills you employ and how you want to grow your agile toolkit. Imagine looking down from the peaks of social, corporate, or technical change you recently summated, and pause to think about how you did it (or how you will do it) and what you can learn from each agile journey.
Erich Gamma and John Wiegand:
Many aspects of agile development support smaller teams working together in proximity. The Eclipse Platform was developed using agile practices, but the team never had the luxury of developing in a single location or even a single time zone. And, in the course of pursuing our goal of ongoing project health through continuous consumption and feedback, we adapted and evolved our practices and those we learned from the agile community. This has resulted in what we now refer to as the "Eclipse Way" practices that we (and others) have applied to other software development efforts as well. In this talk we take a look at the Eclipse Way with a particular focus on how we tuned our agile practices to work for a globally distributed team. Being tool smiths ourselves, we have naturally been exploring how tools can help with these practices and further support collaboration to ship quality software on time.
Erich Gamma is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational Software's Zurich lab. He is one of the leaders of the Jazz project. He was the original lead of the Eclipse Java development environment and is on the Project Management Committee for the Eclipse project. Erich is also a member of the Gang of Four, which is known for its classical book, Design Patterns - Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software. Erich has collaborated with Kent Beck on developing JUnit, the de facto standard testing tool for Java software, and on writing the book contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plug-ins.
John Wiegand is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational's Beaverton lab. John was the principal architect for the Eclipse Platform infrastructure and played a central role in the development of VA/Java, VA/Micro Edition, and Eclipse. John is a former member of the Eclipse Foundation Board, and played a key leadership role in establishing Eclipse as a successful open source project. John is now the technical lead for the Jazz project. John strives to enable teams to deliver high quality products on-time... pioneering, with Erich and others, an approach to software development called "The Eclipse Way". His interests are in the areas of performance, scalability, compilers, and just about anything that's hard.