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Software Art Thou? - Glenn Vanderburg

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‘Software Art Thou?’ is a series of high quality entertaining talks about all aspects of software.

Each night is focused on one presenter and their ideas, so you can get straight to the good parts. No long agendas, no boring announcements, no awkward setup, just food, music, and an entertaining and interesting talk about software.

Professionally catered finger food suitable for all tastes, (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets) as well as drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), will be served throughout the night.

So, no matter what your background is, if you’re involved in the software industry, then you’re guaranteed to learn something interesting and maybe even look at the world in a slightly different way.


The Talk

Through its first 40 years, the field of “Software Engineering” produced little that was useful to the software practitioner. That has led to a very peculiar situation: we have a field where the set of practices referred to as “engineering” simply doesn’t work well, and are deliberately avoided by the vast majority of skilled practitioners in the field. The situation is odd because, in other fields, the term “engineering” is reserved for practices that lead to success. As a result, the idea is spreading that perhaps software development is simply incompatible with engineering; that software developers are not, and never will be, real engineers.


Any field that mass-produces useful artifacts for people must take its practices seriously, and must approach them with an engineer’s sense of responsibility. It’s time to take a fresh look at what that really should mean for our field. With an extra 45 years of experience about the task of programming, and a broad survey of the varied different engineering disciplines, can we envision a future for a field of “software engineering” that is worthy of the name?


The Speaker

Glenn Vanderburg is VP of Engineering at First, helping to build transformative software for the real estate industry. Glenn was taught classical software engineering in university (and in his first professional programming role) but soon became disillusioned by those techniques and ideas. He has spent much of the past 20 years thinking about why less “formal” methods seem to work so much better in practice.


The Schedule

Thursday, 26th of October

6:00 PM Doors open
6:30 PM Talk and questions
8:00 PM Mingle
9:00 PM Close


The Location

Zendesk Offices,
Lower Ground, 67 Queen Street, (Corner of Queen Street and Collins Street)
Melbourne,
Victoria, 3000,
Australia.

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