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Speaker: James Shore

James Shore is a thought leader in the Agile software development community. He consults with development teams worldwide to help them achieve high throughput, market focus, productivity, and quality. James is the co-author of The Art Of Agile Development (O'Reilly, 2007). You can find more of his writing on his "Art of Agile" blog at



Alternatives to Acceptance Testing

Track: Realizing business ideas, thursday 11:20 - 12:10

Acceptance-Test Driven Development, or ATDD, is all the rage. It seems simple and obvious: Take the successful concept of test-driven development, add user acceptance tests, and profit! But James Shore thinks differently. James was an early adopter of ATDD and project coordinator for Fit, the first tool for ATDD. From those experiences, he learned that automated acceptance tests often result in high maintenance costs over time without yielding the expected benefits. In this session, James will discuss his experiences with ATDD and share a set of alternative practices that achieve the same value for lower cost.

Agile Release Planning from Top to Bottom

Track: Agile, wednesday 15:35 - 16:25

Stories, epics, minimum marketable features, kanban, iterations, story points, burn-up charts... the cacophony of Agile planning terms is enough to drive anyone crazy! In this session, James Shore silences the noise with a straightforward description of the breadth of Agile release planning. From discovering value to making commitments, this session covers everything you need to know to plan beyond the next iteration.

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