August 4th Meeting Information

On August 4th, Keith Dahlby will share a session that comes right out of personal experience. All developers will gain from hearing this experience, as much of it goes to good development practices, from a guy which great information and experience. This talk was very well received at the recent Iowa Code Camp. Come on out and hear it for yourself!

Topic: When Learning Stops: Recovering from an Expert Beginner

“We’re too busy to write tests.” “I played around with [new thing], but only [current thing] will work for this team.” “That’s just not how we do things here.” You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again. The specifics will vary, but ultimately some professionals just choose to stop learning.

This session will explore this “Expert Beginner” behavior with first-person examples: how to recognize it, how it happens, and how it impacts a team and the business around them. More importantly, we’ll discuss the recovery strategies we’re still using to reignite the development team, rebuild our stakeholders’ trust, and make up for lost time.

Keith Dahlby:
Keith Dahlby is a .NET developer, language geek and C# MVP from Cedar Rapids. He works as a software guru at J&P Cycles and blogs about various software development topics with Los Techies. Keith has spoken at community events around the midwest and studied Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. His talks have been described as “terrific!”, “very interactive!”, and “the best I’ve seen all hour!”

If you plan on attending our meeting on July 7th, please RSVP.

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