Keynote by David Snowden An inspiring talk about complexity and modeling, using the Cynefin framework to understand the nature of your domain (Complex/Complicated/Simple/Chaotic) and how to model and measure success according to that nature. What stood out to me was the idea that complex domains - like ecosystems, financial markets, large organizations or even “society” itself - can’t be analyzed and fully understood like complicated domains. Thus, they can’t be “modeled”, since every abstraction will miss crucial behavior.
I attended the SoCraTes Day Berlin and came back inspired and full of ideas I want to share with the world. Lean Coffee We discussed estimations (Complexity vs time, who needs them, when are they helping) and I learned about the method of “Magic estimation”. Someone mentioned “Scripts to rule them all”, an attempt to establish a common set of scripts in each project that do certain project tasks like bootstrapping, resetting, updating, running the CI validation, etc.
I attended SoCraTes 2017 in Soltau. SoCraTes is an “Unconference”, where the participants set their own agenda and come up with topics for their sessions. Sessions can be presentations, workshops and open discussions. Here are the notes from some of the sessions I attended: Programming Exercise: Banishing State The example of this exercise was taken from a real-life project: A book indexing service that takes keyword/page number pairs as input and outputs either the page number, a range of page numbers or nothing, depending on previous inputs.
I attended the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017 in Vienna. This is a summary and review of what I learned there while working on the prototype of the “Advanced Search Form” extension for MediaWiki. The first hurdle for working on the feature was setting up a MediaWiki environment. The recommended way is the Vagrant environment, but I’ve had bad experiences with that in the past and did not want do download tons of stuff over the conference WiFi.
I attended the SwanseaCon 2016, a conference about Agile Development & Software Craftsmanship. I enjoyed most of the talks and took some notes for the most interesting stuff: My two favorite talks Immutable architecture “Your servers are not your pets” - don’t give them names, don’t tend to them with complex state-based configuration management software like Puppet and Chef, don’t get emotionally attached. Just build the environment you need using simple tools like Ansible, deploy the code to it, put it behind your load balancer and throw the old one away.