Sunday Morning, Half Day
Introducing Patterns (or Any New Idea) into Organizations
Convention Ctr — Room 14
Mary Lynn Manns, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Linda Rising, Independent Consultant

Many people who have attended OOPSLA or other conferences find new ideas that they wish to take back to their organizations, but then struggle to make something happen. This tutorial will help participants understand what successful change agents have learned while attempting to introduce new ideas into their organizations. The lessons learned have been documented in an evolving pattern language titled Introducing Patterns (or any new idea) into Organizations. This session will examine the problems and solutions documented in this language through the simulation of attempts to introduce a new idea, such as patterns, into an organization.

Attendee Background: Anyone in the software business who is trying to introduce patterns (or any new idea) into an organization will find this tutorial useful. We assume that attendees are familiar with the notion of patterns.

Presenters: Mary Lynn Manns is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. During the past three years, she has studied the issues in introducing patterns into organizations. She has also taught patterns in industry and done numerous other presentations on the topic.

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the area of object-based design metrics. Her background includes university teaching experience as well as work in industry in the areas of telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems. She has been working with object technologies since 1983. She is the editor of A Patterns Handbook, The Pattern Almanac 2000, and Design Patterns in Communication Software.

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