Session: Tribes, Alliances, Schools - Oh My! Building your reputation through creative disobedience
Thursday 13.00 - 13.50
Room: Keyboard Cat
Software Development tends to be tribal -- the developers vs. the testers, the Agilistas vs. the waterfallists, the context-driven school vs. the certification folks, and so on. Matt Heusser will explain how and why these associations spring up, how to to take the best from a tribe -- and to know when to break from the pack. He will also discuss tribes in the workplace, how groupthink happens, and how technologists can improve their product, process, and reputation through creative disobedience without being a jerk.
Matthew Heusser has been developing, testing, and managing software projects for his entire adult life. The principal consultant for Excelon Development, Matt is also a contributing editor for STQA Magazine and sits on the board of directors for the Association for Software Testing. In addition to his writing (most recently lead editor for "How to Reduce the Cost of Software Testing"), Matt has recently completed a contract as a part-time instructor for Calvin College in Information Systems.