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Down with the_sandals


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This is a nightschool talk I gave at W-JAX in Munich 2012. The nightschool talks are meant to be less technical and more entertaining since they are held after a long day of sessions.

In this talk I ranted a bit about the disciple attitude, imho seen too often in the IT community. If a "guru" unburdens himself from another piece of wisdom, many people do not use their brain to reflect it - it is just "the truth" because the guru said it.

I used several of those wisdoms to demonstrate that a critical reflection is still valuable, no matter who said something or how many people are repeating it.

Actually, I did not rant against the ideas themselves - many of them are very, very valuable - I ranted against the dogmatism of the people spreading it and the even worse dogmatism of many people picking up the ideas.

After all my message was: You are smart, so use your brain to reflect new ideas. Be critical (in a construcitve way), no matter who tells you something. Be inspired by new ideas, do not turn them into a dogmatism. Keep your sandal at your foot.

The slides are not very narrative (sorry for that), but you probably get the idea anyway ... and probably you will have even better examples for it than I have presented ... ;-)

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Down with the_sandals

  1. 1. NIEDER MIT DEN HOCHGEHALTENEN SANDALENDown with the sandals – An argument against blind beliefUwe Friedrichsen, codecentric AG, 2012
  2. 2. About me …Uwe Friedrichsen (@ufried) 2
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. Wisdom of IT gurus … 4
  5. 5. … and the effect 5
  6. 6. Big methods are bad 6
  7. 7. Only TDD leadsto good design 7
  8. 8. Layer architecture 8
  9. 9. Architectsare waste 9
  10. 10. The team decides! 10
  11. 11. Non-agile is frumpish 11
  12. 12. Only businessrequirements matter 12
  13. 13. The codeis the truth 13
  14. 14. Don‘t Repeat Yourself 14
  15. 15. Katas turnyou into acraftsman 15
  16. 16. No code,No value 17
  17. 17. Down with the sandals! 18
  18. 18. Be smarter 19
  19. 19. Be critical 20
  20. 20. Be inspired, not dogmatic 21
  21. 21. Thank you for your attention!Uwe Friedrichsen@ufrieduwe.friedrichsen@codecentric.de of the pictures in this presentation are taken from„The life of Brian“ distributed by Warner Bros./Orion PicturesCorporation (USA/worldwide) and Handmade Films (UK) 22
  22. 22. Questions & discussion 23