James Birnie

James Birnie Agile Transfiguration Catalyst

Twitter @RunningChairJB

I’ve been working on commercial software since the late 1990s. Back then TDD was something you studied but never did, pipelines were something that carried oil and Agile and Lean were words used to describe athletes. In 2006 I joined a startup and worked there for 9 years which included at least 3 major rewrites, cloud migrations and an Agile transformation.

In 2015 I joined ThoughtWorks and I’ve since worked on several major projects on many different technology stacks. I've worked in retail, Fintech and the public sector and I've seen things that have astonished, disappointed, shocked and delighted me in almost equal measure.

In 2018 I was inspired by seeing a conference talk on quantum computing and I have since taken on the job of shaping the ThoughtWorks UK quantum strategy.

Talks and workshops