Tuesday Afternoon, Half Day
Leading Retrospectives on OO Projects: Looking Back to Move Forward
Convention Ctr — Room 14
Norm Kerth, Elite Systems
Linda Rising, Independent Consultant

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.

Attendee Background: Managers, Project Leaders, Software Process Group Specialists, Trained Facilitators, Methodologists, Technical Leaders

Presenters: 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 retrospectives for over 20 years and critics predict his book, Project Retrospectives, will become “the next classic in our field.” 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.

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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