CHOOSE Forum 2014

We are pleased to invite you to the CHOOSE Forum to be held on November 28, 2014 at the University of Bern. This year’s topic is Software Engineering Today.

The full day event will feature four talks and a panel. New this year is that we allow more time for networking and informal exchanges. The speakers are:

The day also features the CHOOSE General Assembly, including reports from the President and the Treasurer.

More details together with the registration form can be found on the official webpage:

Please note that this year, we also organize a satellite course on November 27 with Michael Feathers on Working Effectively with Legacy Code.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 21 October 2014, 10:05 pm comment link

Humane assessment and demo-driven courses in Oslo - January 19-20, 2015

During January 19-20 I will give two public courses at ProgramUtvikling (the organizers of the NDC conference) in Oslo on:

The registration forms are available on the above links.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 14 October 2014, 6:21 pm with tags course, assessment, innovation comment link

Reflective thinking at Agile Breakfast Zurich - December 3, 2014

On December 3, I will give a talk on Reflective Thinking at the Scrum Breakfast Zurich.

The abstract goes as follows:

Have you noticed how adopting an Agile process sometimes works and sometimes not? Have you noticed how sometimes nothing changes even though everyone seems to "Inspect and Adapt"?

In this talk we try to answer why it so, but laying out a little theory of what we call "reflective thinking". For almost half a century the software engineering community has been working on a theory of reflection, which is defined as "the ability of a system to inspect and adapt itself". We draw parallels with that field and learn several lessons:

  • Reflection must be built deep into the organization.
  • Reflection always incurs an apparent cost.
  • Inspection is easier than adaptation.
  • We can only reflect on what is explicit.
  • Reflection is a design tool that enables unanticipated evolution.

Reflection is an inherent human ability. Only, it requires explicit training to develop into a capability.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 11 October 2014, 10:24 pm with tags representation, presentation, reflection comment link

1800+ TED talks later

I watched 1800+ TED talks. I watched all those published on Why? Because I am a TED addict. And because each of these talks reminds me that storytelling is essential in everything we do.

Facts are important, but facts alone have no value. They have to be consumed to be worthwhile. Stories make this happen by getting us involved. This applies to researching novel ways, it applies to creating products, it applies to leading people, it applies to educating kids, and it applies to marriage proposals. Essentially, it applies to anything worth doing.

Storytelling is what makes stories happen. But, storytelling is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learnt.

For example, an easy way to learn is to listen to good examples. Like TED talks. But, there are many ways to learn. And, there are even more ways to apply.

It only takes us to invest in it. Why?

Because storytelling is essential.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 10 October 2014, 6:21 am comment link

My talks at ESUG 2014 (video)

This year, I participated again at ESUG. As usual, I had great fun and entertaining discussions. As if to make up for my five years absence from the conference, I ended up having quite a busy week, with 3 talks, one tutorial, and the demos from the Innovation Awards.

Here are the recordings of these talks.

Solving real problems with Moose:

Designing for developer experience:

Beacon (lightning talk - it starts at minute 11:00):

Posted by Tudor Girba at 28 September 2014, 4:07 pm comment link
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