mob programming conference.jpg

For the 2017 Conference, please click here:

Mob Programming conference 2016

Sunday & Monday May 1 & 2, 2016 / cambridge, MA / USA

Hosted by Agile New England


exploring mob programming

Learning to turn up the good

Mob Programming is a fairly new concept. This conference offers you a good grasp of it with a mix of talks, trying it out, and discussing with your peers.

Join us for two days of workshops and peer learning with talks from the founders of Mob Programming. 

This is “immersion training meets powerful questions”. Learn by doing, then have just the right amount of reflection and talk to fuel another round of immersion learning.

Let’s get “All the brilliant people, working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer.“




Sunday (May 1)

9:00 - 9:30 Check-in and breakfast

9:30 - 9:45 Opening remarks

9:45 - 10:45 Keynote "Journey into Mob Programming" (Woody Zuill)

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:30 Workshops (Breakout to 5 options)

1) Intro to mobbing (TDD C#)
2) Intro to Mobbing (TDD Java)
3) Intro to Mobbing (Refactoring C#)
4) Intro to Mobbing (Refactoring Java)
5) Intermediate Mobbing Kata

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 Lean coffee discussion 

14:15 - 14:45 Break

14:45 - 16:15 Workshops

1) Intro to Mobbing (TDD)
2) Intro to mobbing (Refactoring)
3) Facilitation workshop
4) Learning to learn Koans
5) Intermediate Mobbing Kata

16:15 - 16:30Break

16:30 - 17:00 Closing of the day Woody

MonDAY (May 2)

8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 - 8:55 Opening remarks

8:55 - 9:45 Open space 1

9:45 - 9:55 Break

9:55 - 10:45 Open space 2

10:45 - 10:55 Break

10:55 - 12:25 Workshops

1)Intro to mobbing (TDD)
2)Intermediate Mobbing Kata
3)Intermediate Mobbing Kata
4)Consultant entry workshop
5)Mob Testing

12:25 - 13:25 Lunch

13:25 - 14:10 Lean Coffee

14:10 - 14:40 Break

14:40 - 16:10 Workshops

1)Facilitation workshop
2)Intermediate Mobbing Kata
3)Intermediate Mobbing Kata
4)Intro to Mobbing (TDD Elixir)
5)Advanced Mobbing Kata

16:10 - 17:10 Closing keynote: "Understanding the Science  of Mobbing"  (Llewellyn Falco)

17:10 - 17:20 Closing of the conference



Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill & his team at Hunter were the originators of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development.

Over the last 15+ years he has worked as an Agile Coach, Application Development Manager, Trainer, and Extreme Programmer.

He believes that code must be simple, clean, and maintainable so that we can realize the Agile promise of Responding to Change, and that we must constantly "Inspect and Adapt".

Twitter: @WoodyZuill 


Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco introduced Woody to the Randori technique and Strong Style Pair Programming  which is the base for Mob Programming.

He is an agile technical coach, specializing in legacy code and test driven development. When working with teams he uses mob programming with the programmers to foster continuous improvements.

Twitter: @LlewellynFalco 



Nancy van schooenderwoert

Nancy was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems
development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant.

She taught Mobbing to several Agile teams last year and found it to be
unlike any other Agile practice in the way it spread through pure team
enthusiasm. The teams then created Mobbing variations of their own.

Nancy also has done extensive work in hardware development, and in
safety-critical industries - aerospace, factory automation, medical
devices, and defense systems.

She coaches Agile teams that are taking Agile practices to hardware work and high-reliability applications.

Twitter: @vanschoo



A proponent of mob programming ever since meeting Woody a few years ago, Lennart is a software craftsman and polyglot programmer hailing from Stockholm, Sweden.

In 2015 he embarked in on a journeyman tour. During the voyage he was increasingly asked to facilitate and participate in mob programming sessions with the many and diverse teams he visited.

He is especially keen on emphasising the knowledge sharing portion and takes profound pleasure in using mob programming as a trojan horse for kickstarting real teamwork.

He is also an avid fan of tea which Boston just happens to be known for.

Twitter: @DevLCSC

Alex wilson

Alex Wilson pioneered the adoption of Mob Programming across all Product Development teams at Unruly in the UK.

Now amongst the most experienced practitioners of Mob Programming in the world, our teams blend eXtreme Programming practices in an environment where we switch fluidly between working in mobs and pairs.

Alex published his experiences around adapting Mob Programming for lean product development at the 16th International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP2015) in Finland, where he won a prize for Best Experience Report.

Currently Alex fills a unique role as Lead Research Developer bridging Engineering and Business Development, carving out exciting new areas for the business.

He is also founder and organizer of a popular meet-up for eXtreme Programmers in London.

Twitter: @pr0bablyfine

jeremy cash 

Having had a love for robots and animatronics from a young age, Jeremy taught himself electronics and the basics of programming. This eventually lead him to a career in embedded software. Having started work at Bluefruit Software as a tester Jeremy was given training through Mobbing and Pairing, to become a developer. He has gained experience in C/C++ on embedded platforms as well as C# on windows platforms. Having experienced the learning that mobbing provides first hand, I am keen to proliferate it as a method of problem solving and knowledge sharing.

He has gained experience in other sectors including marine and product design, and is always interested to compare practices from other industries with those of agile software development.

Bluefruit was introduced to mob programming by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert in 2014. Over the time they have been using the technique they have walked into pitfalls and explored how to overcome them to ensure mobbing is a formidable tool to have in their repertoire; experience Jeremy is keen to share.

Twitter: TBD


Aaron Griffith 

Aaron Griffith is a member of the original Mob Programming team at Hunter Industries and is an avid Mob Programmer.  He is currently exploring the nuances of introversion and extroversion as it applies to Mob Programming

He has been testing and developing software for 20 years, and has worked as a Tester, Developer, and Mob Programmer. 

Aaron loves the Agile Manifesto and applying and recognizing it in every day tasks and home projects.

His other interests include Teaching Kids Programming and Star Wars.

Twitter: @Aaron_Griffith




microsoft nerd center

1 Memorial Drive




Reduced rates for Agile Games 2016 and Mob Programming Conference attendees are available at the Boston Marriott Cambridge if you reserve by April 6, 2015.  

Guests may reserve their rooms by calling Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and referring to the event “Agile New England Room Block”, or you can reserve online at the Marriott's Group Rate Website.  The dates available for this block are 04/27/16 to 05/03/16. Please note that if guests try to reserve a room outside the block on the shoulder nights, they will be told that the group rate is not available for the duration of their stay. To reserve those rooms, which might not be at the group rate, and is based upon availability, guests will need to call Marriott Central Reservations at 1-888-236-2427


Boston Marriott Cambridge

Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142 USA

Telephone: 1-617-494-6600


The hotel is an easy 6 minute walk to/from the conference site, the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD).  It is adjacent to the Kendall Square / MIT subway station (and should not be confused with two other Marriott properties in Cambridge, the "Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge" and the "Cambridge Center Residence Inn", or many other Marriott properties in the Boston area).



We thank you for supporting Mob Programming



Organizing Team: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, Llewellyn Falco, Woody Zuill, Kurt Kilpela, Peter Carmichael, Eric Houston