I am really, really thrilled to be speaking at Øredev in November, when I will be giving two talks. It’s also a chance to spend time with good friends and just talking with amazingly, inspiring people – those people that always leave me feeling like I just slipped back a few rungs on the ladder. Then I realise that the ladder was much higher than I thought.
You can check out the full program details here, but here is a personal perspective on the talks.
Architecture in an Agile World: On the agility track, this talk will have a distinctly technical flavor. At the JCSE in July I gave a similar talk, but this will be more technical than that, I think. There are many things that I observe in teams, but one screams at me most often. Some process/methodology is hauled in, some discipline is put in place. People are set free, slavery is abolished. Everyone is agile. But the code is still imprisoned. Then, you flatline and then you start the decline. Agility is a lot about design too, and how you constantly need to find ways to move from ignorance to knowledge, and again, and again, and again, …
Truth and Reconciliation: Agile Lessons from the Rainbow Nation: In the S.African community I talk almost exclusively about agility at the code face, but there is another side with which I assist teams without casting labels – that is dealing with the social aspects of software development. This talk is very personal, semi-biographical maybe, but something that I don’t see teams in S.Africa recognising, yet it is part of our history. Ooops, that’s presuming a lot — it’s part of MY history, not yours. This talk is on the collaboration track, largely about trust, but there are one or two twists and turns too.
And it’s time that Øredev heard some vuvuzela music!