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The Pragmatic Professional by Mike Haden

Abstract and Agenda:

Developing software is difficult and challenging, particularly in the world of conflicting business priorities, customers with vague requirements, shifting and ever-changing technologies, and ever-present time constraints. Different methods, practices, and frameworks have all been developed to help make building great software easier, and some of them actually do. However, let's talk a bit about how we can be more pragmatic in our work, finding the blend of some of these toolkits and helpful practices to make our professional lives easier and our products and services better for customers. Covering the gamut of skills required in today's commercial software development including listening to users, team leadership, projects, corporate practices, and actual development, this won't be a code-centric discussion but instead a broad look at what it means to be a pragmatic professional in the field.

About Mike Haden:

Mike Haden has been working on projects developing commercial software applications in the Canadian oil and gas industry for over 20 years. With roles in application development, data management, business analysis, team leadership and project management, he brings a cross-functional perspective to his work. As an independent contractor presently engaged on a 'virtual' team for a small Denver-based company, Mike can speak well to the myriad roles that a developer often needs to play in a given day and some tips to stay organized and focused.

Additional Details:

This is the second session in the Fall/Winter CAMUG season, and we're delighted to have Mike presenting his practical, experience-based use of Agile methods.  Come at 6.00 and enjoy complementary refreshments.  The session itself runs from 6.30 to 7.30.  If you didn't attend last months session be aware that we have new venue: ICT 516, and that our regular night will be Thursday.

Sponsors:

Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor Pason Systems Ltd., the Calgary-based, leading global provider of specialized data management systems for land-based and offshore rigs worldwide.  Thanks also to the University of Calgary for contributing the use of facilities and Intellog Inc. for providing refreshments and sponsorship of the Meetup group.

 

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  • Dale S.

    Great group discussion.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found Mike's talk interesting and insightful, and just the kind of 'dispatch from the front' we find useful and helpful in developing our own careers. Thanks, Mike, for sharing your experiences with us and come back again in the future.

    October 5, 2012

  • Rob

    It was an interesting discussion. I learned a lot. I looking forward to attending the next meet up.

    October 5, 2012

  • Tom M.

    Good discussion. I recommend that everyone should read at least a few chapters from http://gawande.com/the-checklist-manifesto, especially the chapter on building an office tower.

    October 4, 2012

  • Jacky N.

    I like his speech and his thought, especially not just from the programming point of view.

    October 4, 2012

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