YOW! Night Melbourne - Fred George / Kevin Lynagh - Melbourne

Jun 3, 2015 · Melbourne, Australia
YOW! Night June
Fred George & Kevin Lynagh

Join us for a jam packed double feature YOW! Night in June to hear international experts Fred George and Kevin Lynagh.

Agile Roots: Use JIT to Go Faster with Fred George

Agile borrowed from the JIT manufacturing processes originally at Toyota. The Agile  Manifesto itself summarized the key aspects brought into programming from JIT.
Original Agile processes like eXtreme Programming (XP) brought breathtaking speed of delivery to a waterfall world. But Agile has not stood still. From XP’s original (and aggressive) 2­3 week iterations, we now see individual programmers pushing new functionality to live systems several times a day!
Acceleration drives changes to an organization’s processes and skills, just as the original shift to Agile from Waterfall. However organizations reluctant to address such changes inhibit the acceleration. Indeed their attempts to accelerate often result in lower morale and flawed delivery; these failures drive conservative (and destructive) attitudes against change.
In this talk, Fred will address a myriad of drivers for faster delivery:

Available technologies, including Cloud, languages, and new frameworks
Shift toward active monitoring rather than one­time acceptance testing
Refined, lighter processes consistent with shorter cycles 
Architecture that is fault­tolerant rather than provably perfect
Shift toward trying ideas rather than firm requirements
Reduction in role specialists
Reduction in delivery team size

For each of these drivers, he will describe teams that have taken these steps and the corresponding accelerated delivery.

Using ClojureScript w/ Heavy Industrial Equipment with Kevin Lynagh
Keming Labs, Kevin Lynagh's company, was commissioned by a client in the energy sector to design and build a custom heavy equipment inspection tool. The tool was designed with Harel Statecharts and implemented with ClojureScript running on an Android device.
In this talk, Kevin will discuss this approach; in particular, how explicit immutable data yielded fast, on-device prototyping, easy-to-implement visual testing tools, and improved cohesion between developers, designers, and the end customers.

About the Presenters

Fred George is a developer and co­founder at Outpace Systems, and has been writing code for over 46 years in (by his count) over 70 languages. He has delivered projects and products across his career, and in the last decade alone, has worked in the US, India, China, and the UK. He started ThoughtWorks University in Bangalore, India, based on a commercial programming training program he developed in the 90’s. An early adopter of OO and Agile, Fred continues to impact the industry with his leading­ edge ideas, most recently advocating Micro­Service Architectures and flat team structures (under the moniker of Programmer Anarchy). Oh, and he still writes code!


Kevin Lynagh is a Portland, Oregon-based designer and computerist. Kevin is also an active contributor to the Clojure/Clojure Script community and a popular UX, Clojure and Maker speaker. Kevin has contributed patches to the ClojureScript compiler itself and has build one of the first ClojureScript iPhone apps back in 2013 which strikin design got him great press including on the New York Times, Guardian and Wired. Kevin has also designed software for wind turbine technicians, bioinformaticians, meteorologists, and manufacturers of hipster housewares.


5:30pm   Welcome networking with refreshments6:00pm   Presentation followed by Q&A

YOW! Night Sponsors 


Thank you to our drinks sponsor Aconex. 

Want to see more of Fred and Kevin? Check out their workshops!

Looking to improve your skills in a more intimate setting for maximum learning and interaction? Expand your skills in these personalized workshops from internationally recognized experts. Coming up are two amazing workshops:

Fred George - Microservices: Let's Build Some | Melbourne, 3 June 2015 >Find out more
Kevin Lynagh - React.js & ClojureScript | Sydney, 5 June 2015 >Find out more
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