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Abstract

Have you ever been working 50+ hour weeks on tight deadlines, you reach the finish line and collapse? The monster is slain, the race is won, and you are EXHAUSTED. Then you get ready for the sprint review, and hear that nothing your team produce was "enough". What could cause that? How can we avoid spending dozens ( if not hundreds of hours ) to find failure lurking in the tall grass ready to pounce? In this talk we will talk about the measures and conversations that teams can use to avoid this, and the conversations that can drive different behavior and a healthier approach for everyone.

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Devlin Liles

Devlin Liles is the president of Improving - Houston and a passionate technologist. He prides himself on staying a generalist, but his passion is leveraging technology to solve the problems facing business. Devlin has an entrepreneurial mindset and has been a key contributor to growth and success of the Houston office being one of the founding employees in 2011. Since 2007, he has been presenting and teaching classes on software development practices and tools to audiences around the world including user groups, conferences, and community events.

Devlin has held the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for the past 6 years which is only awarded to 3,000 technologists’ annually. He is the co-author, along with his good friend and fellow Improver Tim Rayburn of Entity Framework 4.1 Experts Cookbook.

When he is not in front of a crowd or behind a computer Devlin is an avid soccer player and hobbyist gamer.

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