Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2013

Critical Thinking in Software Engineering, Part II: Katas

Friday - Nov 8 3:15 PM - Lakeshore

Matt Stine

Matt Stine

Global CTO - Software Architecture at Pivotal

Now that you've completed the “Critical Thinking in Software Engineering” lecture, it's time to put your new skills to work. In this session, we'll break up into teams. Each team will be presented with either an argument to evaluate or a problem situation for which you must construct an argument advocating a particular course of action.

Teams will then be responsible for presenting their evaluations and arguments to the group, and the group as a whole will evaluate the presentations.

Topics to include:

  • Pair Programming Doesn't Work
  • Craftsmanship: Friend or Foe?
  • The Code IS the Design
  • Rap Genius v. Heroku
  • Containers and the Cloud
  • Good Morning ORM!
  • TDD: Guide or Guard Rail?
  • Build Tool Battle Royale
  • Our DB is Web Scale!
  • To Estimate or Not To Estimate?

About Matt Stine

Matt Stine is an 18 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with nine of those years spent as a consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as the not-for-profit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O'Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms, in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. He is currently the Global CTO of Architecture at Pivotal, and spends much of his time advising IT leadership on the effective adoption of cloud-native architectures.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW! and is a nine-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.