June Meetup

Agile North East
Agile North East
Public group
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Punishment Driven Development - Louise Elliott -

What is the first thing we do when a major issue occurs in a live system? Sort it out of course. Then we start the hunt for the person to blame so that they can suffer the appropriate punishment. What do we do if a person is being awkward in the team and won’t agree to our ways of doing things? Ostracise them of course, and see how long it is until they hand in their notice – problem solved.

This highly interactive talk delves into why humans have this tendency to blame and punish. It looks at real examples of punishment within the software world and the results which were achieved. These stories not only cover managers punishing team members but also punishment within teams and self-punishment. We are all guilty of some of the behaviours discussed.

About Louise Elliott (@IvanaTerrorBull)

Louise has worked in the software world for longer than she cares to remember as developer, technical architect and manager. She is passionate about cosmology, photography, visiting Antarctica (if only), roller derby, artificial intelligence, bridge (the card game not things that help you cross rivers), war poetry and politics and she will talk endlessly about all of these given half the chance. She believes that people are infinitely fascinating and that managing people is like the most complex multivariable multithreaded system you ever encountered.

She has also been known to rather enjoy using a loudhailer...

Practical bits

• Doors open at 6 and the session starts at 6:30

• The interactive talk will take around 45 minutes plus time for something additional form Louise.

• Go up to the sixth floor in the venue (lift available) and turn left at the top.