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Define The Unspeakable - PHPUG and WebPerformanceUG

2013-09-10 Hamburg, Otto, Loft 06

Judith Andresen - Make Mistakes The Right Way

Define The Unspeakable

Result

  • establishment
  • project
  • uniform

moral concepts (negotiable)

  • hanseatic
  • freaked out / nerdic
  • cutting edge

basic assumption

They are teached/ already at school level (errors are bad, don't do something wrong).

  • what can i do
  • who am i able to add critic to
  • natur
  • fellow men
  • industry

From the school already, we get trained to:

  • it is bad to say "that was my fault"
  • shift the know error to others
  • there is one majority out there who decides if this is a bad error
  • be perfect
  • always have a fallback (not to lose the face)

Define A Good Error Culture

This goals can be achived by exemplify the following steps (best by upper management but important for all).

  • "good" is enough
  • no fear of mistakes
  • many/fast update cycles (don't try to do big jumps, doing small steps results in small mistakes)
  • straightforwardness
  • to take the blame is not important
  • do not repeat your mistakes
  • do small and usefull steps (validate if your change contains a "only if")
  • use and understand the Twelve Principles of Agile Software
  • celebrate reached goals

Slides are available on judiths page. Again a nice talk and incredible what kind of easy mistakes we are doing in our regular live.

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work - pair programming

What a session, my team and obviously i finished a pair programming task and it was such a joy to work that way. It feels like a race against each other but you are absolutely happy when you crossed the finish line as team!

A great fun, but as on every race, you are a bit drained when you finished ;-).

And by the way, you are feeling like "going to swim without life jacket" when you commit your code without a unittest so that a teammate can work and test with the code :-D.

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