Laurie Williams is a Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science Department of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). She recently spoke with me on the Agile Caravanserai podcast.

Laurie’s research focuses on software security; agile software development practices and processes, particularly continuous deployment; and software reliability, software testing and analysis.

Over the last 21+ years, Laurie has served NCSU at all levels of professorship as well as associate & interim department head.

Laurie also leads the Software Engineering Realsearch research group at NCSU. Alongside her students, Laurie has been working collaboratively with high tech organizations like Cisco, IBM Corporation, Microsoft, Red Hat, and more!

Laurie was one of the founders of the first agile conferences, XP Universe, in 2001 which has since grown into the Agile 20xx annual conference.

She is also the lead author of the book “Pair Programming Illuminated” and co-editor of “Extreme Programming Perspectives.”

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