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Rob Myers

Agile Institute

Rob Myers is founder of the Agile Institute and a founding member of the Agile Cooperative. With twenty-seven years of professional experience on software development teams, Rob has consulted for leading companies in aerospace, government, medical, software, and financial sectors. He has been training and coaching organizations in Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) management and development practices since 1999. Rob’s courses—including Essential Test-Driven Development and Essential Agile Principles and Practices—are a blend of enjoyable, interactive, hands-on labs plus practical dialog toward preserving sanity in the workplace. Rob performs short- and long-term coaching to encourage, solidify, and improve the team's agile practices.

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Essential Test-Driven Development

Test-driven development (TDD) is a powerful technique for combining software design, unit testing, and coding in a continuous process to increase reliability and produce better code design. Using the TDD approach, developers write programs in very short development cycles: first the developer writes a failing automated test case that defines a new function or improvement, then produces code to pass that test, and finally refactors the new code to acceptable standards. The developer repeats this process many times until the behavior is complete and fully tested.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 2:15pm
Agile Design
Test-Driven Development for Developers: Plain and Simple

Test-driven development (TDD) is not an easy discipline to establish. However, it provides considerable return on investment for the effort. Rob Myers describes the costs of TDD (the introduction of test-maintenance overhead) and its benefits (greatly improved quality, productivity, and throughput of real value)—but only when the TDD practices are given time to ripen.