Dave West would like to describe himself as sheik geek. Unfortunately no
one else would describe him in that way. They would say he is a
professional Englishman who likes to talk about software development
best practices with the passion and energy of an evangelical preacher.
Recently Dave has moved to Ivar Jacobson Consulting, where he runs the
Americas and can combine his desire to talk about software development
and spread the word on rugby and football, and argue that cricket is
more exciting that baseball.
Before running the Americas for Ivar Jacobson Consulting, Dave worked
for a number of years at Rational Software (now a part of IBM). Dave
held many positions at Rational and then IBM, including Product Manager
for RUP where he introduced the idea of process plug-ins and agility to
RUP. Dave still laments the days when he use to sit in a cube and write
software in the city of London. This is where he believes he cut his
teeth writing big insurance systems with nothing but a green screen and
a process flow chart.
Dave can be contacted at email@example.com, and if he is not with customers or drinking warm beer with his friends in Boston, he will email you back.
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