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Puppet for Human Beings (NOT!)

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A philosophical view of scaling machines and people, and why we exist.

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  • Aslam, thanks for making us sit back and think about the humane side of software dev, and that trigger for doing a bit of introspection.
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Puppet for Human Beings (NOT!)

  1. 1. This is NOT a puppet talk @aslamkhn (don’t be a puppet … strings are not good for you)
  2. 2. “ – Pink Floyd Hello, Is there anybody in there Nod if you can hear me Is there anyone home
  3. 3. some of us dream
  4. 4. some dreams become ideas
  5. 5. and we have the power
  6. 6. to make dreams come true
  7. 7. we can make ideas real
  8. 8. can we handle that?
  9. 9. do we dare to dream?
  10. 10. do we dare to design?
  11. 11. to make our dreams come true
  12. 12. our dreams must die
  13. 13. to give birth to a reality
  14. 14. because we dared to dream
  15. 15. and we dared to create
  16. 16. and we dared to give life to our thought
  17. 17. yet
  18. 18. “ – Pink Floyd The sun is the same in a relative way but we're older running over the same old ground the same old fears
  19. 19. what was our idea is now a reality
  20. 20. and it grows
  21. 21. and grows
  22. 22. servers servers servers servers
  23. 23. servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers
  24. 24. provision clone provision clone
  25. 25. servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers servers
  26. 26. we want more we do more we want more
  27. 27. we scale because we can
  28. 28. our reality is bigger than our idea
  29. 29. our dream is dead
  30. 30. our reality consumes us
  31. 31. we are its host
  32. 32. it needs more
  33. 33. and so…
  34. 34. hire hire hire
  35. 35. recruit recruit recruit
  36. 36. clone clone clone
  37. 37. after a while
  38. 38. “ – Pink Floyd we're just another brick in the wall
  39. 39. our ideas are tragedies
  40. 40. we clone servers
  41. 41. we clone people
  42. 42. we rob us of our senses
  43. 43. we make us
  44. 44. incapable of feeling
  45. 45. we are remote controlled
  46. 46. by process
  47. 47. methodology
  48. 48. a science of management
  49. 49. by systems and isms
  50. 50. for a reality
  51. 51. that outgrew a dream
  52. 52. it is time to…
  53. 53. “ – The Doors break on through through to the side
  54. 54. we don’t need
  55. 55. no preachers no politicians
  56. 56. no remote control
  57. 57. but we are geeks
  58. 58. and we suffer from
  59. 59. man machine love
  60. 60. man machine
  61. 61. love
  62. 62. do we dare to love?
  63. 63. after a while
  64. 64. it feels like
  65. 65. “ – Jimi Hendrix Purple haze all in my brain Lately things just don't seem the same Actin' funny, but I don't know why Excuse me while I kiss the sky
  66. 66. and that which makes us sad
  67. 67. makes us happy
  68. 68. life is a duality
  69. 69. which side I see
  70. 70. is my choice
  71. 71. when we see the same side
  72. 72. it is a moment shared
  73. 73. only a moment is infinite
  74. 74. when we see
  75. 75. opposite sides
  76. 76. then we think
  77. 77. we’re in conflict
  78. 78. we scale conflict all too easily
  79. 79. and I don’t know why!
  80. 80. all we need
  81. 81. is a shift in attitude
  82. 82. a shift in perspective
  83. 83. to see that duality
  84. 84. from the other side
  85. 85. we call that empathy
  86. 86. it starts with awareness
  87. 87. “ – Johnny Clegg Magic machine cannot match Human being human being African idea -- make the future clear
  88. 88. ubuntu
  89. 89. an African idea
  90. 90. I exist
  91. 91. because you exist
  92. 92. and
  93. 93. we are different
  94. 94. our values stack differently
  95. 95. it shouldn't matter
  96. 96. “ – Nirvana Come As you are As you were As I want you to be As a friend As an old enemy
  97. 97. that is all we are
  98. 98. we are unique
  99. 99. we cannot be cloned
  100. 100. we cannot be jacked in
  101. 101. remote controlled
  102. 102. but can you feel it?
  103. 103. “ – Bob Dylan Because something is happening here But you don't know what it is Do you, Mister Jones ?
  104. 104. after decades
  105. 105. of process
  106. 106. and methodology
  107. 107. of agile folly
  108. 108. being sold the dream
  109. 109. of the team
  110. 110. in the small
  111. 111. and at scale
  112. 112. from XP
  113. 113. and Scrum
  114. 114. now
  115. 115. Kanban
  116. 116. DAD
  117. 117. and SAFe
  118. 118. but it is just Taylorism
  119. 119. in disguise !
  120. 120. most teams
  121. 121. work superficially well
  122. 122. or
  123. 123. are toxically dysfunctional
  124. 124. why?
  125. 125. because we are told
  126. 126. to leave
  127. 127. our baggage at the door !
  128. 128. that which defines me
  129. 129. will be ignored
  130. 130. we are incapable
  131. 131. of leaving our uniqueness aside
  132. 132. the part that is me
  133. 133. prevents us
  134. 134. from scaling
  135. 135. like clones !
  136. 136. we scale with diversity
  137. 137. embrace our diversity
  138. 138. that is the revolution
  139. 139. that is inside us
  140. 140. it cannot be suppressed
  141. 141. it cannot be avoided
  142. 142. “ – Gil Scott-Heron You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out. You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip, Skip out for beer during commercials, Because the revolution will not be televised.
  143. 143. if all we want
  144. 144. is happiness
  145. 145. to be content
  146. 146. THEN…
  147. 147. what is the basis
  148. 148. for our dispute?
  149. 149. “ – Lao Tzu If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

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