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Agile Analytics

Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Data Science
Ballroom AB
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Effective analytics requires forethought, which seems at odds with agile software development’s emphasis on velocity. However, as this talk demonstrates, the two can and do mesh nicely. Once you understand the reasons why core agile principles work, you can safely modify them for special fields like analytics. In this talk, I talk about process and and technical subjects, including emergent design, test-driven development, and other agile techniques. Both agility and analytics are necessities; I show how to bridge the friction between them.

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Neal Ford

Meme Wrangler, ThoughtWorks

Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at *Thought*Works, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 6 books spanning a variety of technologies, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. Check out his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at