About

I am a software engineer, software development / hands-on agile coach, community organizer for PhillyXP, blogger, and speaker with 19+ years of experience creating and delivering high quality software. 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
  • 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. I currently work for eMoney Advisor in Radnor, PA. You can learn more about me here.

Blog

23 Mar 2019 . leadership . The Cost of Cost Center Software Development Comments

It is common for software companies to have cost accounting tunnel vision, solely focused on decreasing the costs associated with developing software. Consequently, a strict focus on reducing costs can actually lead to higher costs for worse results when examining the entire lifecycle of the software. Worse still, poor delivery and development associated with this style of “lowest bidder” software development create ample opportunity for these companies to be eclipsed by their competitors. A myriad of factors can contribute to this kind of development culture, but it often starts with treating software development as a cost center.

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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!