GOTO Amsterdam (June 13-15, 2016) is a vendor independent international software development conference with more than 60 top speakers and 800 attendees. The conference covers topics such as Microservices, Rugged, JavaScript, Post-Agile, Data, Spring++, Connected Worlds & Philosophy.

Presentation: "Software, Faster"

Track: Post-Agile / Time: Tuesday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Administratiezaal

Some teams are orders of magnitude more effective than others. Kent Beck famously described himself as "not a great programmer, but a good programmer with great habits". For the last few years Dan North has been working with, and observing, some very good teams with quite exceptional - and rather surprising - habits.

Are katas the best way to learn a new language? Is manual testing a waste of time? Is copy-and-paste always evil? Is the customer always right? In this talk Dan introduces the idea of delivery patterns - patterns of effective behaviour in delivery teams - and describes some of the more unusual but effective patterns he's been collecting. These are not patterns for beginners, but then again, Dan argues that patterns aren't for beginners anyway.

Prerequisite attendee experience level: advanced

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Dan North, Agile Troublemaker, Developer, Originator of BDD

Dan North

Biography: Dan North

Dan writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, and all the others are too. This is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since he graduated in 1991, and he occasionally blogs at

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