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Matt Barcomb


Matt Barcomb (@mattbarcomb) is passionate about building collaborative, cross-functional teams; enjoys being out-of-doors; loves punning; and thrives on guiding organizations toward sustainable, adaptive, and holistic improvement. Matt started programming as a wee lad and eventually wound up getting paid for it. It took him nearly ten years to realize that “people problems” were the biggest issue facing most software development businesses. Since then he has spent his time and energy trying to find ways to make the business–software universe a better place to work, play, and do business. Currently residing in Cleveland, Matt keeps busy consulting and hiking. Read his musings on his blog.

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Patterns for Collaboration: Toward Whole-Team Quality SOLD OUT

A lot of talk goes on in agile about how collaboration among team members helps drive a shared responsibility for quality—and more. However, most teams don't do much more than just hold stand-up meetings and have programmers and testers sit together. Although these practices improve communications, they are not collaboration! Most teams simply don't understand how to collaborate. Janet Gregory and Matt Barcomb guide you through hands-on activities that illustrate collaboration patterns for programmers and testers, working together.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:45pm
Projects & Teams
Growing a Learning Organization from the Bottom Up

Learning organizations seem like a great idea to just about everyone. But how do you actually create them? In many organizations, attempting to promote learning can seem daunting at best and impossible at worst—especially when you don't feel particularly empowered to do so. Matt Barcomb focuses on what you can do from multiple perspectives. He first discusses what a learning organization is and why the concept is important for the future of many organizations. Next, Matt shares approaches and considerations for growing learning environments, including common organizational pitfalls.