Julian Harty, eBay
For (software) engineers, thinking needs to be combined with practice. At times, many of us have stopped actively thinking about our work or ways we can improve that work, and our practice may have drifted into mediocrity. This workshop will help reboot and reinvigorate your thinking to help you improve the quality of the software you’re delivering.
We will experiment with various thinking concepts and techniques (e.g. the notion of “Six Thinking Hats”) throughout the workshop. We can even iterate and refine our thinking so we can start making progress quickly (rather than waiting for ‘perfection’) and improve our results (rather than being satisfied with the first, apparently acceptable, ‘solution’).
This work is based on a combination of my work and ongoing research in thinking techniques. Some of the work has been established over the years at companies large (such as Google and eBay) and small. Friends and colleagues have contributed ideas and feedback and helped me to improve so I can help you too.
When the workshop is completed, the attendees will be able to:
- Practical thinking techniques that help you deliver better quality software
- Fresh perspectives to get your thinking out of a rut
- Ways to make effective, useful progress, to get unstuck
Target audience: Advanced
Julian Harty, 2011 Workshop