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School of Computing Alumni Visit

The School of Computing is delighted to welcome back our alumnus Dr Dan Crow, chief technology officer at Songkick and a founding member of the Tech London Advocates group, on Friday 3rd October to give a guest lecture to staff and students.

‘Agile software development - its importance and impact in industry’
School of Computing Research Colloquia
Date: 3rd October 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Location: Active Learning Lab, School of Computing, (9.30a)

For staff and students
Date: 3rd October 2014
Time: 3-4 pm
Location: Electrical and Electrical Engineering. Agilent LT (1.52)

Reception to follow at 4pm in School of Computing’s Longroom.

Agile Development at Songkick
Songkick is one of London’s original tech startups. Over the past seven years, we’ve used a number of Agile development techniques. We’ve evolved a software development process that works for us and lets us move fast.

We use Kanban and continuous delivery to push 10 releases a day. We use feature flippers to control and aggregate changes and to run extensive multivariate tests on new features. Most importantly, we have a product development culture that is inclusive, devolved and very effective.

I’ll talk about how Songkick’s software development works, the results we’ve achieved, and the lessons we learned - the hard way. This talk focuses on the practicalities of building software and the solutions we use every day.

Biography - Dr Dan Crow

Dr Dan Crow holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Leeds. After working as a researcher at the Open University, he joined a small startup in Chipping Campden. In 1996 he joined Apple and moved to California. After four years working on QuickTime, HyperCard and the JavaVM he left to join Verb, a San Francisco startup. Over the next six years he went through a series of startups, culminating in co-founding Blurb, the company that lets you publish your own books.

In 2006, Dan moved to New York and joined Google, working on search infrastructure. He ran their crawler team and founded Google Squared, Google’s first semantic search engine and the core of Knowledge Graph. In 2009, he moved to the London office where he led teams working on AdWords and then Android.

In 2010, Dan went back into startups, joining Songkick as CTO. He is a founding member of Tech London Advocates, regularly consults with MPs on entrepreneurship and is an advisor to several startups.