Slowing Down

Monthly SeaSPIN Meeting

Tuesday, November 5

Free and Open to the Software Engineering & IT Community

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033

Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:15 (munchies, soda )
Announcements from 6:15 to 6:30
Presentation from 6:30 to 7:45
Q & A from 7:45 to 8:15
Doors close at 8:30


Slowing Down
by Thomas Perry, CyberSource/VISA

Tom starts with a story of his own.  Imagine an Alcholics Anonymous conversation starting like, "Hi, my name is Tom and I can't slow down…"

We software development types... we all know full well what sustainable pace means. It is a term that I originally encountered in Xtreme Programming. I could ramble on for hours about the importance of keeping the pace and duration of your work under control so that you can sustain your creative energy and not burn out. Easy. But I can't seem to do it worth a damn. That's the interesting bit. Why? Why is it that, even knowing the importance of maintaining a sustainable pace, I and others like me seem to struggle so hard with it?.

 

Speaker Bio

Tom has been working in software development for over 20 years. He has been fortunate enough to work on teams at startup companies as well as within large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management, coaching /mentoring and training. As part of his involvement in the greater agile community, he led the Seattle chapter of the APLN.

Currently, Tom works at CyberSource as a Senior Business Leader. He is very actively engaged in the lean/agile community, speaking at local and international conferences and sharing his passion for working with great teams.

Check out his blog for more information about his writing, presentations and current projects or follow him on twitter @tlperry