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Jan. 23, 2012, 4 a.m.

Cucumber and BDD

When Agile methods were first emerging, their proponents claimed that everything was going to be simple: we code units and the unit tests to test them, and the Customer writes acceptance tests. If the tests pass, it’s done.

Aug. 16, 2011, 4 a.m.

Pair Programming Misused

Many Agile folks love pair programming, and a lot has been written on how great this technique is for Agile teams. However, if misused or allowed to get out of control, pair programming can do serious harm.

Aug. 23, 2011, 4 a.m.

Metrics: Never Mind the Thresholds

Let's face it: managers love statistics. Having a bunch of numbers to look at, to track or to manipulate gives you the feeling of being in control of things, or at least of having a grasp on reality.

July 6, 2011, 4 a.m.

Estimation Techniques

Over the years, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about how to estimate during sprint planning. If you’re new to Scrum – or even if you’re not – you might find value in these musings.

July 5, 2011, 4 a.m.

Labor Arbitrage Isn’t

"Labor arbitrage" is one of those phrases that is used so much we stop thinking about what it means. By definition, arbitrage is "riskless profit as zero cost"; however, in outsourced software development, it is anything but.   

July 1, 2011, 4 a.m.

Different Units of Estimation

A while ago the structure of our project team changed, making it distributed: several very senior developers in another country joined us in order to assist in the implementation of certain features crucial to the project.

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David Tedford

Vice President

David Tedford has over 20 years of sales experience within the IT/software industry. He excels at being immersed in a customer's environment, understanding his customers requirements, crafting solutions to meet those requirements, and ultimately providing solutions to his customers.

Vladimir Litoshenko

Senior Vice President

As the head of business development for First Line Software, Vladimir heads up business development in Western Europe and Russia.


Vladimir began his career in IT in 2002, when, as a student of Faculty of Automation of Computer Science of the First Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”), he began his work at The Morfizpribor Central Research Institute (CRI). Vladimir joined the StarSoft team (predecessor of First Line Software) in 2004 as a Junior Software Developer. As he gained experience with more and more projects, he was promoted to leadership roles.

Richard Leslie

UK Business Development

Richard has over 15 years of sales and account management expertise in the IT and Tech sector. He has worked on many outsourcing engagements with global companies.

David Fien

Director

David is a business development professional with more than 20 years’ experience as a specialist in the acquisition of partnerships and IT/software services for associations, not-for profits and corporations in Australia, New Zealand and USA. He has specific expertise in the healthcare, legal and hospitality industries.