James Whittaker is an energetic and passionate software executive with substantial engineering, research, writing and speaking credentials. His background spans government, academia, a successful start-up and leadership roles in top technology corporations. He's shipped major software titles at IBM, Microsoft and Google; he's published dozens of peer-reviewed research papers and authored 5 award-winning and best-selling technical books. He has won "best-of show" awards at conferences across the globe. James is well known for his visionary leadership and his passion for hard core engineering practices.