Software is…. PEOPLE!

Software is…. PEOPLE! – by Tim Ottinger

Agile or not, waterfall or not, hierarchical or democratic, our processes seem to have fatal flaws. We can blame it on Taylorism and the Industrial Revolution, we can blame it on the behind-ness of management schools, we can blame it on status quo, but either way we seem to be missing something.

Luckily, there has been a lot of work in recent years by leading neuropsychologists, process consultants, technical leaders, and organizational psychologists and what we’ve found is that management and software development are only broken in that they fail to understand, appreciate, and incorporate the humanity of knowledge workers.

But explaining all of that would be boring. At Industrial Logic we’re told to “show, don’t tell.” Tim will bring puzzles, games, demonstrations, illustrations, and thought exercises to show some of what we’ve learned about humans in the process and how any method can be made workable if we respect the “human physics” of our systems.

Come ready to play.

Tim is a long-time coder, team leader, coach, and consultant going back to his first paid programming job in 1979. He is currently one of the crew of experts at Industrial Logic, a premier agile consultancy, eLearning vendor, and thought leader. Tim is a co-author of Agile In A Flash and Clean Code. He also is the author of the Vim tutorial Use Vim Like A Pro, which has recently migrated from a blog article to a LeanPub book. Tim’s AgileOtter blog chronicles his learning through such periods “the year of the brain” and “the year of living shamelessly.” Now he is taking what he’s learned and helping organizations find safer, more human, more productive ways of working.

He still writes code, and likes it.


Agenda:5:00 – 5:30 Social including food and drinks.
5:30 – 7:00 Presentation
Location:TDS Telecom (CCW Auditorium)

The meeting will be in the CCW Auditorium at the TDS Telecom building at 525 Junction Road. Please park in the parking ramp behind the building. There will be a place to mingle prior to the presentation outside the room called “Central Perk.” We will serve beverages and have food on hand. You can get in the building from the entrance from inside the parking ramp. It is open until 8pm. Once you walk through the sliding glass doors, you can proceed straight ahead (past the elevators) into the Central Perk (tables and chairs). The Auditorium is to the left of that area. Our front desk number is 664-4500 if you get lost.