About

I am a software engineer, software development / technical agile consultant, community organizer and founder of PhillyXP, blogger, and speaker with 20+ years of experience in the industry. I have specific expertise in:

  • Leading and coaching software teams
  • Mentoring developers
  • Improving development processes and practices for cross-functional development teams
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD)
  • Microtesting / Unit Testing
  • Agile / eXtreme Programming (XP) practices
  • Pair & Mob Programming
  • Legacy code rehabilitation

I am a lifelong student always trying to improve. I believe code quality is not subjective nor a matter of preference. I enjoy mentoring and coaching developers specifically about code quality, microtesting, and Test-Driven Development. I am passionate about XP, Modern Agile, Lean Software Development, and DevOps. A listing of my talks can be found here.


I graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Computer Science. You can learn more about me here.

Blog

01 Jun 2020 . leadership . Specialization on Agile Teams Comments

It’s been nineteen years since the creation of the agile manifesto, and with it came the popularization of the idea that teams should be organized cross-functionally. These cross-functional teams work together on solutions rather than being organized by function, relying on handoffs between organizational silos. While a lot of progress has been made on organization and team design, I still see a lot of companies struggling with issues stemming from an overreliance on specialized teams and specialist team members.

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Code

Here are a few projects I have worked on in my free time:

iTunes Library Parser

A C# implementation utilizing LINQ-to-XML to parse an iTunes library file (PropertyList format). The nuget package can be found here on nuget.org.

Improved iTunes Parser

A ruby iTunes library parser using Nokogiri.

Listening To

A .NET Web API app (using my Lastfm.NET library) with an AngularJS / Bootstrap front end. It displays the last 25 songs I’ve listened to as well as my top 25 artists.

Lastfm.NET

A .NET client for the Last.fm REST API.

If you’d like to see some other things I’m working on you can view my github account.

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Contact

Drop me a line if I can help your development organization, help you with your product, or you just want to talk about music!