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William C. Wake

William C. Wake is an independent software consultant, coach, and trainer. His interests include agile methods, impossible objects, and games and simulations for teaching. He's been using Java since 1.0.2. Bill is the author of the 'Refactoring Workbook' and 'Extreme Programming Explored.' His web home is at


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Agile 2005 conference call for participation

Posted by wwake on February 6, 2005 at 4:18 AM PST

See The due date for tutorials and workshops is March 1; for Experience reports, research papers, and the educators' symposium is March 15.

Call for Participation - Agile 2005

July 24-29, 2005. Marriott Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA.

March 1: Submissions due for Tutorials and Workshops

Agile Immersion

Posted by wwake on February 5, 2005 at 6:20 PM PST

Object Mentor's reviving their XP courses with "Agile/XP Immersion 2"; see March 21-25.

I attended the first one of the original series, and really enjoyed it.

Retrospectives class

Posted by wwake on January 17, 2005 at 5:00 PM PST

Reflecting on your process and how to improve it is an important part of agile methods.

Later this month, Diana Larsen is leading a class on retrospectives that may be of some interest:
"Project Retrospectives and Reviews: A Facilitator's Toolkit,"
January 24-25, 2005, at Oregon Graduate Institute;

Origins '05

Posted by wwake on January 12, 2005 at 8:16 AM PST

The Origins '05 "International Game Expo" is June 30-July 3, 2005. It's described at

I went last year and had a great time. (Not sure if I'll make this year or not.) The place is huge (several large gaming rooms that seemed 100 yards long), with just about every type of game you can think of.

Purple Crayon Navigation

Posted by wwake on January 6, 2005 at 7:08 PM PST

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a children's book where Harold uses his crayon to draw whatever he needs, and then it's real enough to use.

Team rooms

Posted by wwake on December 24, 2004 at 8:55 AM PST

William Pietri has posted a picture of his team room, at

I'm maintaining a gallery of team rooms, too, at
I'd love to have pictures of your team room or charts that you us

XP2005 CFP

Posted by wwake on December 9, 2004 at 9:27 PM PST

XP2005 has their call for participation out. They'll be at Sheffield University (UK), June 18-23, 2005.

See for more information.



Posted by wwake on December 9, 2004 at 8:31 PM PST

William Pietri pointed out an interesting link to some research on creativity.

Design of Cranium

Posted by wwake on December 7, 2004 at 7:52 PM PST

I ran across an interesting article on the design of the game Cranium.

NASAGA '04 - North American Sim. & Games Assoc.

Posted by wwake on December 6, 2004 at 6:16 PM PST

NASAGA is the North American Simulation and Games Association, held in Washington, DC, Nov. 3-6. The games under discussion are mostly for teaching and facilitation more than pure "fun."

Nov. 3

"High Performance Teamwork," by Thiagi et al. This session used the commercial game Break the Safe (TM Mattel) as a vehicle for looking at a team's ability to work together.