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How can craftsmanship move the industry forwards?

With the cost of a university education going through the roof its unsurprising that many junior developers find they lack the skills required by industry. Many large organisations simply rely on hiring lots of commodity developers to get work done: focussing on quantity not quality. This easily becomes a case of the blind leading the blind; with yesterday's mistakes being repeated all over again by a fresh generation of developers with no sense of history. Coupled with this, the reality for many talented, experienced developers is they find management roles more lucrative - depriving the next generation of developers of their experience.

Into this the Software Craftsmanship movement emerges - bringing the focus back to the people that build the world's software: developers. By focussing on improving individual skill and sharing expertise with the next generation, this offers industry a chance to reverse this trend, to raise the bar of the whole industry and delight customers with the software we produce.

In this panel discussion some of the leading lights of the Software Craftsmanship movement will answer your questions on the state of the industry; how can great developers differentiate themselves? How can they help the next generation develop? How can we demonstrate our value to potential employers and customers? Where does the industry go from here?

It's our pleasure to announce that our panel discussion will be composed by:

Dave Hoover: Chief Craftsman at Obtiva; Principal in @obtiva and @madmimi; Author of @apprenticeshipp;
Twitter: @redsquirrel

Dan North: Developer, Agile coach, technologist, troublemaker. Originator of BDD
Twitter: @tastapod

Chris Parsons: Software Craftsman; CEO of Eden Development.
Twitter: @chrismdp

Ade Oshineye: Developer Advocate at Googe; Author of @apprenticeshipp;
Twitter: @ade_oshineye

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  • John S.

    Lots of idea and experience from the panel and some good banter between the different views of craftsmanship, Dreyfuss model and how to learn to learn. Dan North on great form, ensuring there was a limit on Omphaloskepsis!

    April 5, 2011

  • Robert T.

    Really interesting discussion. Thanks for organising.

    April 5, 2011

  • Steve T.

    The panel discussion was good, and the facilitators kept the discussion moving, although I think it may have been more interesting to allow the audience to generate the questions and allow the discussion to evolve more naturally.

    April 5, 2011

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