XP at Scale: Growing a small consultancy to a $3B cloud company

Aug 17, 2017 · Palo Alto, United States of America

In its almost 30 years of existence, the Pivotal Labs consultancy that Rob Mee co-founded has brought XP practices and agile principles and values to hundreds of clients and grown to what are now 600-plus consultants. In this presentation, Rob describes how Pivotal leveraged those same XP practices and agile principles and values to, in just four years, build Cloud Foundry from a prototype platform supported by a team of just 20 into a next-generation middleware juggernaut of over 300.


Rob Mee
CEO, Pivotal

Rob Mee is CEO of Pivotal and serves on its Board of Directors. He frequently advises the world's most admired brands, government agencies, and fast-rising startups about the value of agile software development using an open cloud platform.

A software engineer by trade, Rob started his career working at an artificial intelligence laboratory in Tokyo, writing natural language translation systems in Lisp.

In 1989, Rob founded Pivotal Labs. The company, based in San Francisco, focused on rapid, Internet-style software development that would become known as agile programming. Over the years, Pivotal Labs has been credited for shaping the software development cultures of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential and valuable companies. In 2012, Pivotal Labs was acquired by EMC Corporation.

In 2013, Rob was part of Pivotal’s founding team, alongside Paul Maritz, Scott Yara, and Bill Cook. Pivotal merged Pivotal Labs with assets from EMC and VMware.

Rob graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.


6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy networking, along with wine, beer, soda, cheese, fruit, cold cuts, courtesy of tonight's sponsor
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:30 Keynote and Q&A
8:30 - 8:35 Closing announcements
8:35 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!



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