David Laribee

David Laribee

David Laribee



David Laribee is a product development coach with deep roots in Lean, Agile, XP and Scrum. He believes in the power of collaboration, simplicity and feedback.

Over the last 20 years, David has built teams and products for companies of all shapes and sizes. He’s founded startups and consulted for Fortune 50 enterprises. He’s developed software-intensive products in a wide variety of domains from technology to insurance to beverage distribution to higher education.

Before founding Nerd/Noir, David coached the product development team at VersionOne, a market leader in agile project management tools. He is a two-time Microsoft MVP in C# and Solutions Architecture and co-founder of the ALT.NET movement.

David started work life at the early age of five on a farm in Upstate NY; an upbringing that accounts for his lead-from-the-front approach, appreciation for small/cross-disciplinary teams and disdain for fake maple syrup.

Session: Legendary Adventures in Legacy Code

We begin with a story – a story about a legendary monster (15,000+ line class) I recently engaged in mortal combat. No spoilers. It wasn’t pretty, but here I stand to tell the tale, at the ready to enter the fray once again.

Throughout our campaign we’ll take a few side quests, journeys into the three realms of technical debt:

  • The alignments – Or, what does it take to engage in battle with demonic code?
  • The armory – Or, what weapons are available to you and when do you brandish them?
  • The lore and landscape – Or, where did these damned dragons come from in the first place?

While this talk employs a nerdy, fantastical, and fun system metaphor, all the essential facts are true. In addition to images of Cthulhu, Chromatic Dragons and Vampyres, expect a lot of code examples, technical deep dives and practical lessons learned.