Tuesday, Afternoon
Leading Retrospectives on OO Projects: Looking Back to Move Forward
Convention Ctr – 205A
Norm Kerth, Elite Systems

In the object-oriented world, it’s our fate to experiment with new ideas. It started with objects and continued with OMT, Fusion, Objectory, UML, Patterns, eXtreme Programming, and so on. Our community is good at accepting new concepts but are we good at evaluating the results?

“You have paid the tuition, now are you going to learn the lessons?” Carefully reviewing an OO project at its end is one of the most obvious ways of improving your software development process and building OO mastery. Sadly, such a review rarely happens – why? Because we don’t know how to do it; we don’t know how to deal with the emotions; we don’t know how to address failure; and we don’t know how to convert the lessons into new practices.

In this tutorial, we look at an entire philosophy and methodology to lead an effective review of a significant OO project. Expect to learn a number of tools, techniques, and skill areas necessary to be an accomplished facilitator.

Presentation Format: Combination of lecture, exercise, performance of key parts of a retrospective, and group question and answer. Highly interactive.

Attendee Background: None.

Norm Kerth is an experienced software engineer and researcher focusing on specification and design activities, quality assurance, continuous process improvement, project management, and growing effective teams. He has led nearly 70 retrospectives and has authored a book nearing publication on the topic. Jerry Weinberg has called this book “the definitive work on the topic.”

Norm has been a full time consultant since 1984 and helps firms improve their software engineering discipline. He has particular interest in objects, pattern languages, and building high performance teams. Prior to starting his company, Elite Systems, he was a professor at the University of Portland. He has a decade of engineering experience with Tektronix and is a master teacher, with over 30 years of experience in front of students.

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