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Collaboration at OSCON ’08

OSCON 2008

In just under two weeks time I’ll be delivering a joint talk with Chris Shiflett at OSCON, the biggest open source convention in the world run by O’Reilly. It happens to be my first time at OSCON, as well as my first talk. It also happens to be OSCON’s 10th birthday. Needless to say, I’m a little nervous: First, at the privilege of speaking in front of such an erudite crowd at such an important event, and second, because losing your cherry is always nerve-wracking, unless you’re drunk.

Just for the record, I have no intention of being drunk.

It was Chris’s idea. He thought that our working process was valuable enough to share. I’ve really enjoyed the way we’ve worked together over the last couple of years, so thanks Chris for suggesting we talk about it.

Our talk will be about collaboration, what we’ve called experience-driven development. We’ll be exploring how we can do our best work, and enjoy the relationships and processes that get us there, no matter the size or complexity of the project. I don’t want to give anything away, but hopefully it will be fun as well as informative. With a bit of luck we’ll leave folks with some food for thought to take away with them and re-heat later.

The talk will take place on Thursday 24th July from 10:45am to 11:30am in room E145. If you can make it, I’ll see you there! Also, let me know if you’re going, and feel free to come and say hi anytime. I’m looking forward to meeting people and generally soaking in the vibe! If anyone is considering grabbing a last minute pass, and could use a 15% discount, contact me. You don’t have to come along to our talk, but we’d love to see you.


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  1. 1. By terry chay on 10th Jul ’08 at 12:18pm

    I’ll be giving a talk also.

    Assuming I buy a plane ticket and shit.

  2. 2. By Brian Z. on 10th Jul ’08 at 12:24pm

    Too bad I’m on the other side of the country, but one of these years I’ll go to such a convention for the first time.

  3. 3. By David on 24th Jul ’08 at 13:27pm

    I hope there are some notes or a recording of that session. Poor guys like me have to work during these fun events…

  4. Jon 陳’s profile 4. By Jon 陳 on 6th Aug ’08 at 02:15am

    Hi David, unfortunately, the talk has some embedded video making it difficult to publish. Also, it was the first time giving it, so there’s some polishing to be done before I’d be happy sharing it in full. It would make a good blog post though, so I’ll try and write it up that way as soon as time allows!

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