Previously a mentor at Exoftware, where his role took him to a variety of organizations, David Putnam has acted as an advisor on the management of software development projects to companies in three continents. Now the manager of CentaurNet, part of Centaur Publishing, David still regularly presents papers, workshops, and tutorials on the management and practice of software development at national and international events, including XP2002, XP2003, XP2004, and XP2005. Until recently he wrote the “Models and Methodologies” column for Application Development Advisor magazine and has had articles published in other publications. His main interests are people management, software development, and learning organizations, and making work satisfying to all those involved.
About the Author
An experienced team leader and software developer, George Stepanek has gained certification as an architect in J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and as an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) in .NET. Born in the Czech Republic, he grew up in England and later emigrated to New Zealand. He studied natural science and philosophy at the University of Cambridge—achieving an MA—followed by postgraduate diplomas in computer science and education. He has worked for a range of IT companies, most recently at Unisys New Zealand. He is passionate about creating quality software and sharing new and interesting ideas. His interest in education has taken him to Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia), where his writing has achieved featured article status.