Can XP improve the experiences of women software developers? Clare Sudbery, a developer with 17 years experience in the industry, certainly thinks so. Clare has been involved in traditional waterfall projects and most recently XP. Earlier this year, she wrote an academic paper about her own experiences in an XP team and how it impacted her.
Clare feels many of the difficulties associated with being a minority have subsided since working in an XP environment. "My belief is that XP creates a more conducive environment for women and other minorities within the industry. I believe that XP can – and should – pave the way to making the tech industry a more welcoming and attractive place for women."
In the podcast we discuss the ideas found in her paper and what progressive teams can do to improve their own working environment.
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