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Keynote from Lorna Mitchell and Ivo Jansch at PHPBenelux 2011 - Inspiring developers to be well-rounded and achieve all they are capable of


  • 1.PHPBenelux 2011Lorna MitchellIvo Jansch

2. 1. See This Talk 3. 2. Participate In Communities 4. 3. Build Relationships, Not Systems 5. The greatest missing skill is somebody whosboth good at understanding the engineering andwho has good relationships with the hard-coreengineers, and bridges that to working with thecustomers.Bill Gates 6. 4. Use Analogies 7. 5. Learn To Speak Manager 8. BINGO CHART Planning Revenue Mindshare StockWin-Win Paradigm Stake-Spin-off Mission holder EyeballsProtMonetize CxODownsizeBranding 9. 6. Teach 10. 7. Learn To Google 11. Would IGeneralizebe the A Problem the only one? Problem Yes No Solved MinimizeFoundBroad ScenarioSearch Found Get help Narrow Search Post 12. 8. Ask Questions But Learn To Fish 13. "Give a man a sh and you feedhim for a day. Teach a man to shand you feed him for a lifetime."Chinese Proverb 14. 9. Keep Reading 15. #linktuesdayhttp://phpdeveloper.orghttp://techportal.ibuildings.comhttp://devzone.zend.comhttp://phparch.com 16. 10. Plan Ahead 17. 11. Take It One Step At A Time 18. Pick a new technologyMaster ExploreGet Comfortable 19. 12. Keep Your Hands Dirty 20. 13. Less = More 21. Perfection is achieved, notwhen there is nothing more toadd, but when there is nothing left to take awayAntoine de Saint-Exupry 22. Conference Speaker EventEntityOrganizerPerson Attendee okbetterbad 23. 14. Code For Today 24. 15. Cut Your Losses 25. 16. Reect 26. EvaluateApplyLearnImprove Continuous Evaluation 27. 17. Be Organized 28. 18. Inside Out vs Outside In 29. 19. Learn Other Languages 30. 31. 20. Take Distance 32. 21. Bitwise Problem Search 33. GoodBad r1 r484r968Good BadBadr484 r726 r968...Good First Bad Commit Badr512 r513 r514 34. git bisect +unit test =lightning fast problem pinpoint 35. 22. The Dunning-Kruger Effect 36. Unawareness Overestimation What youWhat there What you think youWhat youis to thinkcouldknow knowyou know know I know everythingSeniors 37. Awareness Modesty WhatWhatWhat you you Whatthere think you thinkyouis tocould you knowknowknowknowI know what I dont knowActual Seniors 38. 23. Use The Force 39. 24. Be Healthy 40. 25. Passion 41. 26. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone 42. 27. Have A Role Model,Be A Role Model 43. Thank you!Lorna Mitchell Ivo Janschhttp://www.lornajane.net http://www.egeniq.com@lornajane@ijanschPlease rate this talk at http://joind.in/2411Come see us at ______The full credits for the pictures in this presentation can be found in the slide deck online. 44. ResourcesThe following URLS point to relevant information. If you liked the presentation, you are going to want tohave a look at the following sites:Sleep Well - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/23/coders_insomnia_mental_hygiene/ On the Be Healthy slide, we talked about how good health improves your development skills. This is an interesting article about recommended sleep hygiene for programmers.Getting Things Done - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done On the Be Organized slide, we discussed how you can structure the way you work. This wikipedia article is a great starting point.How To Ask Questions The Smart Way - http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html This article by Eric Raymond goes with the item about asking questions.The Passionate Programmer - http://pragprog.com/titles/cfcar2/the-passionate-programmer In the Passion item, we mentioned a book by the pragmatic programmers. This is the URL for it. 45. CreditsThe following pictures were used in this presentation. All images are licensed with a creative common license. #27 by Dwayne Madden - http://www.ickr.com/photos/dj-dwayne/4553167357/ This Way by Steve Snodgrass - http://www.ickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/4906011803/ I dont want to be your ... by Josh Pesavento - http://www.ickr.com/photos/pezz/3785769013/ Matt Dillon kicks off ... by Yodel Anecdotal - http://www.ickr.com/photos/yodelanecdotal/499434961/ Still Human by Quinn Dombrowski - http://www.ickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3821448668/ Good Friends by Juliana Coutinho - http://www.ickr.com/photos/ngmmemuda/4166182931/ TAM London Audience by Matt Brown - http://www.ickr.com/photos/londonmatt/3977320759/ Crowd in DPC by Juozas Kaziukenas - http://www.ickr.com/photos/juokaz/4702578495/ The Bridge by Ian Carroll - http://www.ickr.com/photos/iancarroll/3050791327/ Bingo Night by Robert Banh - http://www.ickr.com/photos/robertbanh/3319821124/ Untitled by Kristina Sohappy - http://www.ickr.com/photos/kristina-sohappy/4242102266/ ZendCon Tutorial Day by Andries Seutens - http://www.ickr.com/photos/andriesss/4027902414/ Google Logo in Building43 by Robert Scoble - http://www.ickr.com/photos/scobleizer/4249731778/ Tiffus teaching Hoonan how to sh by Brett Kelly - http://www.ickr.com/photos/inkedmn/758241963/ Programming related books at home, RHS by Michael Fogus - http://www.ickr.com/photos/fogus/2629211069/ Darts of Pleasure by Melissa Gray - http://www.ickr.com/photos/melissagray/4002863212/ One step at a time by Fernando de Sousa - http://www.ickr.com/photos/fernando/150271931/ War and Peace Show by Growl Roar - http://www.ickr.com/photos/growlroar/4821487849/ Less is more? More than what? by Theilr - http://www.ickr.com/photos/theilr/2200873034/ Spaghetti by Cyclonebill - http://www.ickr.com/photos/cyclonebill/2223412838/ 46. CreditsThe following pictures were used in this presentation. All images are licensed with a creative common license. Untitled by Eduard Orbitron - http://www.ickr.com/photos/eduardorbitron/5187761681/ Riverside and I-35 by Dustin Coates - http://www.ickr.com/photos/dustinc/577521134/ Drawer Organizers by Rubbermaid Products - http://www.ickr.com/photos/rubbermaid/4545308035/ Complicated Sign by Redvers - http://www.ickr.com/photos/redvers/1249510693/ Library Refresh by Mike McCune - http://www.ickr.com/photos/mccun934/5000045252/ The requisite startup foosball table by Quami77 - http://www.ickr.com/photos/yakshaving/3795071232/ Haystack by Fod Tzellos - http://www.ickr.com/photos/fod/237453417/ Red Lion Denver Southeast Fitness Center by Red Lion - http://www.ickr.com/photos/43536733@N03/4009413538/ Fire by Matthew Venn - http://www.ickr.com/photos/matthewvenn/366986755/ Main conference room by Felix de Vliegher - http://www.ickr.com/photos/felixdv/2579551939/ Matthew Weier-OPhinney by Juozas Kaziukenas - http://www.ickr.com/photos/juokaz/4702577233/We have used other materials, such as the Dilbert and XKCD comics and the Yoda picture from Star Wars, under the assumptionsthat embedding them is fair use; they are copyrighted by their respective owners. Sources: http://www.dilbert.com http://www.xkcd.org http://www.starwars.com