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July 20, 2007

Chris Fry's Short Bio

Chris Fry is VP of Platform Development at Salesforce.com and is responsible for the technology behind the force.com platform. He specializes in Software as a Service and creating and leading agile teams. He is the author of JSR-173 (Streaming API for XML) and has led the implementation and deployment of massively scalable Web Services at Salesforce.com and BEA. He received his Ph. D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and was a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.

Posted by Chris at 12:15 PM

July 19, 2007

Upcoming Talks

Steve Greene and I will be presenting on Agile Software development at two upcoming talks:


Agile 2007
in August.


Bay Area Agile in September.

Here's an abstract for what we will be talking about in general:

Salesforce.com has recently completed an agile transformation of a two hundred person team within a three month window. This is one of the largest and fastest “big-bang” agile rollouts. This talk discusses why we chose to move to an agile process, how we accomplished the transformation and how we are applying agile software development at scale.

We will also cover effective release planning, automation and test focused development and tools for driving communication across your organization.

Posted by Chris at 01:46 PM

July 12, 2007

Agile at Salesforce

You can read Pete's comment on our Agile transition here:

"At Salesforce.com, we’ve transitioned to Scrum in the last year. I’d dabbled with some of the Agile methodologies in previous jobs, but this is the first time I’ve been part of a complete implementation of the practices. I have to say this is also the first time I’ve ever felt that things we do for project management all make sense and really add value over the course of the project. It makes us better at shipping product."

Posted by Chris at 01:24 PM

July 11, 2007

Three Bears Ride

I did the three bears ride last night. It was a great ride, about 18 miles, did it counterclockwise and had a great time.

ThreeBears.jpg

The ride reminds me of the roads in PA that I grew up on. Here is a live link to the map, the above is just a static image.

Posted by Chris at 12:00 PM

July 03, 2007

The Black Swan

Every once and a while I read a book that pulls back the fog of uncertainty around an area and gives you an aha moment. It's part insight and part rigorous framework that allows you to interpret the world in a whole new way. When I read Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene" I felt that way. Reading Taleb's "The Black Swan" long essay on how we consistently underestimate the probability of large scale random events, base our economic models on innacurate assumptions and forget our human biases in reasoning about statistics, made me feel like I had gained genuine insight into the world.

Posted by Chris at 09:27 AM