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Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde, originally from Holland, has lived in China and Finland. Currently he lives and works in Singapore. In Holland he worked as a developer and always felt a mismatch between the development he experienced in reality and the development that "the official literature said you should do." This mismatch was solved when Extreme Programming was introduced and with the introduction of the Agile Manifesto.

In early 2001, he had enough of the "normal life" and moved to China to work for Nokia. At Nokia, he worked on very large and traditional projects. This uncomfortable experience convinced him that Agile Development is the best way of developing software product -- no matter how large your project is. After a couple years, he moved to Helsinki with the purpose of introducing Agile Development (and in particular Scrum) to Nokia Networks (later NSN). He watched dozens of product groups adopt scrum and other agile practices. After a while, he moved back to China (Finland is cold) and helped one large product group with its Scrum adoption.

Currently, Bas works for a small consulting company based in Singapore called Odd- e specializing in training and coaching related to agile and lean development in Asia.

Bas is interested in Scrum with a special focus on large companies and large product development. But he also enjoys working on technical practices, especially test-driven development (especially in embedded environments) and continuous integration. He keeps working as a developer because he strongly believes you need a well-factored code base if you want to be fast and flexible. His hobbies are studies in lean production and quality management and, of course, programming.

Bas is the author of the "Scaling Agile and Lean Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum" and of "Practices for Large-Scale Agile and Lean Development", both co-authored with Craig Larman. He is also one of the authors of the CppUTest unit test framework for C/C++.

Bas Vodde