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How do you do agile faster? Carl and Richard talk to Dan North about accelerating agile - but Dan has changed the name to Software, Faster. And even that is controversial, as Dan talks about focusing on delivering business needs, which may or may not involve code. The conversation also calls back to the Agile Manifesto and its abuse - it's not code with no documentation, its code over documentation! There's a great digression about the BBC giving away a million tiny computers to children to help create a new generation of makers... it's a fun time to be in computing! And as Dan says, the only code that has no bugs at all is no code at all.

Dan North has been coaching, coding and consulting for over 20 years, with a focus on applying systems thinking and simple technology to solve complex business problems. He uses techniques from Lean operations, Theory of Constraints and Agile software development to help IT organisations anticipate and respond to the challenges of changing business needs.

Dan is the originator of Behaviour-Driven Development, an agile approach to software development that encourages teams to deliver the software that matters by emphasising the interactions between stakeholders. He also proposed Deliberate Discovery, which challenges assumptions around software planning and estimation. He argues that there are no best practices and that everything we do is subject to opportunity cost.

He is a popular keynote and session speaker at international technology conferences, on topics as diverse as software architecture, behavioural psychology, simplicity, uncertainty and learning. His presentation style has been described as Eddie Izzard meets the Architect from The Matrix.nd Better Software, and for CIO newsletters and the DSDM consortium.

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Running Time 56 minutes      Date Thursday, March 26, 2015     Comments Comments


Where can iBeacons take you? Carl and Richard talk to Greg Shackles about some of the opportunities available using beacon devices with smartphones. While iBeacons are specifically an Apple technology, there are lots of third party implementations that are more open. The balancing act of power and capability is a constant struggle for beacons. Things get really fun when you start looking at all the ways you can locate someone in an interior space using beacons - opening the door to a huge number of applications. Beacons are also part of Google's Physical Web, creating the idea of "interaction on demand." Cool stuff!

Greg Shackles is a Senior Software Engineer at Olo. He is a Xamarin MVP, host of the Gone Mobile podcast, organizer of the NYC Mobile .NET Developers Group, author of Mobile Development with C#, and a monthly Visual Studio Magazine column, and is a regular speaker at many user groups and developer events. Outside of technology, Greg is obsessed with heavy metal, baseball, and craft beer, sometimes in combination, and is also an aspiring home brewer.

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Running time 52 minutes      Date Wednesday, March 25, 2015     Comments Comments


Are you building in WPF? Are you using PRISM? Carl and Richard talk to Brian Noyes and Brian Lagunas about the PRISM project, which is a set of tools for building WPF apps. As Brian Noyes says, PRISM is the AngularJS of WPF! The conversation dives into the on-going evolution of PRISM, including support for Windows Phone and Universal Apps. The point of PRISM is composability, helping you to organize the elements of your application into something more maintainable, easier to test and continue to evolve. Brian and Brian also announce that they are running the PRISM project now and have moved it to GitHub - they will take your pull requests!

Brian is CTO at Solliance, a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP and Pluralsight author. Brian specializes in building maintainable client applications in XAML and HTML 5/JavaScript, as well as building the services that back them with WCF, ASP.NET Web API, and Windows Azure. Brian has authored several books including Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Prism 4, Data Binding with Windows Forms 2.0, and Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce. He publishes articles frequently in a variety of publications and speaks at conferences worldwide including Microsoft TechEd, DevConnections, DevIntersection, VSLive!, DevTeach and others. Brian got started programming as a hobby while flying F-14 Tomcats in the U.S. Navy, later turning his passion for software into his current career. You can find Brian on twitter @briannoyes and read more on his blog at http://briannoyes.net.

Brian Lagunas is the Lead Software Engineer / Software Solutions Architect for a steel manufacturing company in Boise, Idaho. He also is a technical contributer for PluralSight and the author of the Extended WPF Toolkit project on CodePlex. Brian has been developing professionally for over 10 years, and specialize in enterprise application development using a variety of Microsoft technologies, but focuses on WPF and Silverlight. He can be found speaking at local user groups such as the Boise .NET Developer User Group (NETDUG) and the Boise Software Developers Group (BSDG), and presents yearly at Boise Code Camp and Tech Fest. Brian blogs on Elegant Code and can be heard spreading the XAML goodness through various webcasts.

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Running time 52 minutes      Date Tuesday, March 24, 2015     Comments Comments

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