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Session: The 9 Reasons You're Not Apprenticing Anyone

Friday, 14:15 - 15:05
Track: Software craftsmanship

Ask most great software developers what helped them attain their level of excellence, and they'll tell you a story about a mentor who encouraged, nudged, and/or guided them through part of their formative years. This presentation focuses on solving our shortage of great software developers through developing attitudes and cultures that encourage apprenticeship. Dave Hoover is the author of "Apprenticeship Patterns: guidance for the aspiring software craftsman" and has been studying and implementing apprenticeships for the last five years.

Dave Hoover

Dave decided to become a software developer in 2000 when left his career as a child and family therapist and dove headlong into programming. During his decade of experience, Dave has focused on agile software development, software craftsmanship, and more recently on lean startups. He previously worked at ThoughtWorks and is currently the Chief Craftsman at Obtiva, where he pioneered their Software Studio, their now world-class Ruby competency, and their ever-evolving Apprenticeship Program.

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