Ship It! LIVE Ship It! LIVE

Ship It! LIVE is new, but Andy and Jared have been speaking for years. Here's what some of their attendees have said.

Andy made me realize that it's not just about programming
- Zurich, Switzerland
Jared is dynamic, flexible, energetic, full of great examples...
- Portland, OR
Excellent presentation.  Andy gave me a lot to think about.
-Stockholm, Sweden
The presentation was excellent. Top notch.

- Reston, VA
Very applicable to the real world!
- St. Louis
Andy Hunt is very personable and entertaining -- and the content is great....
- Reston, VA

Ship It! LIVE - DC Edition

Featuring Jared Richardson with guest Andy Hunt

Agile Artisans is pleased to announce Ship It! LIVE, a three-day workshop with Jared Richardson, and a one-day presentation by Andy Hunt.

Ship It! LIVE is a collection of real-world tips, practices, and techniques that have been used to successfully ship software. This is your backstage pass to ask Jared and Andy’s advice on a variety of topics.

This three-day course will be held July 30th through August 1st, 2007, in Reston, Virginia at the Sheraton Reston.

Jared will present on days one and two on the bestselling book Ship It! He'll also add in material from his upcoming book on tuning up your career and getting what you really want out of life.

On day three Andy will discuss his take on the current Agile methodologies, and will teach from his upcoming book, Refactoring Your Wetware.

Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects

The ideal software shop has just enough of a framework to keep the team on track and moving forward, but not so much that it slows the team down. That's what Ship It! LIVE is all about. It introduces a set of practices in three key areas:
  1. Development Practices that Build Great Software and Great Teams
  2. Software Tools You Should Be Using
  3. Tracer Bullet Software Development
With these practices as the foundation of your software shop, you will be armed with everything you need to build reliable software in a sustainable manner.

The majority of ideas presented here are not controversial or extreme, yet most experienced programmers will agree that this stuff works. Roughly 50 to 70 percent of teams in the U.S. don't use these simple, well-accepted practices effectively. Ship It! LIVE will get you started if you're in transition, or help move you to the next level if you know what to do, but are having trouble getting the ball rolling.

Refactoring Your Wetware

Software development happens in your head; not in an editor, IDE, or design tool. We're well educated on how to work with software and hardware, but what about wetware -- our own brains? (Hint: you brain is a dual-processor, shared bus design) and how to use the best tool for the job by learning to think differently about thinking.

From there, we'll look at how do you learn how to learn. What tricks and tips can you use to learn more faster, and retain more of what you learn?

You'll also see the importance of The Dreyfus Model (from Andy's popular talk "Herding Raceshorses and Racing Sheep") and see how to Accelerate Learning and Manage the Torrent of new information using methods ranging from the tried-and-true to the truly exotic.

Agile Today

Andy was one of the original Agile Manifesto signatories. Come hear his perspective on where Agile has been and where it's headed.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for developers and team leads who want a practical, hands-on introduction to building software with Agile tools and practices. There are facets in this program for developers, managers, testers, and tech leads. Ship It! LIVE is a gentle introduction into Agile practices that leaves room for you to use other tools and processes that you need.

Ship It! LIVE is for you if:
  • You’ve read Ship It!, but have questions based on your organization’s special situation.
  • The lack of progress on your project frustrates you, but you see no way out.
  • You want to make yourself and your team more valuable.
  • You've looked at methodologies such as Extreme Programming (XP) and felt they were too, well, extreme.
  • You've looked at the Rational Unified Process (RUP) or CMM/I methods and cringed at the learning curve and costs.
  • You need to get software out the door without excuses.
From the Ship It! page:

Even though our group was already following many of the practices outlined in Ship It!, I believe the book paid for itself within the first day of purchase. When one considers the burn rate of a typical software team, the hours of lost productivity that this book will save should make it a no-brainer purchase decision for any group.

Steve MitchellShip It! LIVE
Fiserv SourceOneShip It! LIVE

The Speakers

Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author and publisher. He co-authored the best-selling book "The Pragmatic Programmer", was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance, and co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers. He can be found on the web at and

Jared Richardson
is a programmer, speaker, author, and trainer. As the founder of Agile Artisans, Inc., he helps teams build better software with customized coaching, training, and consulting. He can be found on the web at and

A recognized expert in the software industry, Jared has worked with both startups and software giants. He's been involved with various open source projects, with roles from contributing to founding. Jared recently founded the AgileRTP (ARTp) users group as a local outlet for the agile community in North Carolina.

While he is best known as a co-author of the bestselling book Ship it! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects, Jared has also contributed to the 2006 No Fluff Just Stuff Anthology as well as the 2007 No Fluff Just Stuff Anthology.

Jared frequently speaks at No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums all over the United States, and many other software conferences and users groups. Agile Artisans also matches outstanding speakers with companies and conferences.

Born in Burlington, North Carolina, Jared is one of the few developers in the state of North Carolina who didn't move there. He earned his Computer Science degree at NC State University, and cut his teeth in the Smalltalk community. He sold his first software package while he was still in college ... and got an 'A' for the project. Since becoming an independent consultant, Jared spends most of his time trying to avoid mowing the grass.

Pricing and Registration
Early Bird Registration
$1,675 thru June 29th

Regular Registration
$1,775 from June 29th - July 30th

At the Door

Group Discount (3+)
$1,500 per person

Register Now!

Attendees Receive
-Two days of interactive sessions with best-selling author and speaker Jared Richardson,  and a one-day presentation by Andy Hunt

-A copy of

-Electronic and paper copies of all presentation materials tailored for these classes

-Lunch, snacks, and beverages

- The know how to turn a failing project into successfully shipped software

© 2007 Agile Artisans.