Who’s Arlo?

Arlo is on a mission to eliminate bugs in the software industry. He has spent the past decade deeply understanding the causes of bugs so that they can be prevented. Having worked as a consultant or full-time employee at several companies, three directly contributed to processes he created to prevent bugs. As CTO of Silver Platter, Arlo used Extreme Programming to scientifically and iteratively improve the way a team works. Building off Microsoft’s highly disciplined culture, he then created Code by Refactoring™ as a more effective way to do refactoring at scale, eliminating code that is hard to read or risky to modify. Many of these technical practices are now provided and certified as a Validated Software Mender. Later with Tableau’s data-oriented culture, he developed a way to use bug data to guide investments incrementally, called Safeguarding™. Additionally, he found a more effective framework to lead technical transformations, called Growing Responsible Ownership™ (GROw™). Combined, these methods provide a comprehensive way to prevent bugs, now offered through Deep Roots in ways that are iteratively consumable for teams to integrate into their everyday work.

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Published Series

Naming as a Process (NaaP)

Unclogging your DevOps Pipelines


Arlo has been an invited international speaker since 2006 and participant of podcasts since 2014. Below is a collection of those podcast publications.

How to Scale Software Teams
Semaphore Uncut

No Bugs
Art of Agile Development Book Club

Technical Debt is Killing your Business
Agile Amped

Arlo Belshee: What are hidden foundations of successful team-building
With Great People

#BugsZero with Arlo Belshee and Marian Willeke
The Mob Mentality Show

Agile 2019 Day 3: Solving for Technical Debt w/ Arlo Belshee & Marian Willeke
Leading Agile SoundNotes

For Devs: How to See Code Differently
For Agility’s Sake

Communication Debt with Andrea Goulet
Legacy Code Rocks

Interview with Arlo Belshee
The Modern Agile Show

Naming with Arlo Belshee
Legacy Code Rocks

Episode 073 | Arlo Belshee – Refactoring Humanity
Developer on Fire

Agile 2011 – Arlo Belshee – Extreme Programming, Agile Engineering, Big Data and other disruptive behaviors
Agile Toolkit Podcast

Agile 2008 – Arlo Belshee – Naked Planning, Promiscuous Pairing and other Unmentionables
Agile Toolkit Podcast

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Mastering legacy code! #NoRewrites


Arlo Belshee, founder of Dig Deep Roots, loves legacy code! Across his 20+ years of experience, he has structured many processes to make refactoring safe and even fun. Bootcampers to experts can now easily master legacy code. #NoReWrite