In this presentation, recorded at a recent London Java Community meeting, put on by Skills Matter, Martijn Verburg and Michael McCarthy guide the users through a whistle stop tour of Maven. Martijn describes Maven as a Java project management (life cycle) tool rather than as a basic build tool. It has a simple XML configuration model known as the Project Object Model to describe the dependencies and external modules a project utilises. Maven is capable of automatically organizing these for the user, and drives forward the idea of compiling before testing, testing before packaging, packaging before installation, and finally deployment. Deeper into the talk, Martijn gives an example of a POM file and demos Maven’s ability to give pre-defined targets for performing common tasks such as compiling code and the packaging. Maven is built around the idea of reusing build logic and standardising builds by preferring conventions over configuration.