Alan Francis

Alan Francis
Therapist, Cardboard Software


I used to be a process consultant working with XP and Agile. I was the third independent signatory on the Agile Manifesto. I’m now working primarily with Ruby, with a bit of Agile on the side.

Agile-wise, I’ve worked for ObjectMentor, ThoughtWorks and eXoftware and with clients like Coca-Cola, JPMorgan, Egg and AOL. Ruby-wise, I’m working with EdgeCase and FiveRuns.

I’m proud Ruby/Rails contributor by way of three small patches for Rails and one for RubyGems, I spoke on XP and Rails at RailsConf2007 and co-organised the Scotland On Rails conference in 2008 and 2009.


14:30–15:15 Wednesday, 3-09-2008
Location: Saal Maritim C Level: Intermediate
Alan Francis (Cardboard Software), Paul Wilson (Mere Complexities)
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This year, I co-organised Scotland on Rails - the first regional Ruby/Rails conference in the UK. We attracted 20 speakers from all over the world - both local developers, and more famous names (including Koz, Jim Weirich, Bruce Williams, and David A Black) and, at time of writing roughly 70 attendees. This session will cover some of the good, bad and ugly of running a regional conference. Read more.
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