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I'm currently reading Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp. There's a lot to take in with it, so I'm only reading one section at time.
Michael presented Primal Software Development. It made me want to found a start up.
No one is indispensable. Get rid of people causing problems.
"Successful products are ones where the culture spills out of them."
Change what you do every 3 years; it keeps you smart, funny, and sane.
Good Design Ain't Easy, aka The Design of Communication, presented by Jason Santa Maria was one I particularly enjoyed. I didn't make as many notes; there was just so much to take in with his talk and the visuals.
Start with story telling by design. We are trained to look for stories within images. From the imagery you have Graphic Resonance reinforcing the text. The designer is the narrator of the story.
Before Jason's presentation I saw someone with the perfect t-shirt saying to complement mine. I arranged to get the fun valentine photo taken immediately after.
A headache had been developing for some time, probably compounded by the twisting of my neck to see the stage. I skipped the Sam Morgan fireside chat with Rowen Simpson and when to a pharmacy to get something for the headache.
I was back in plenty of time for the Powerpoint Karaoke Idol. It was hilarious (and I don't use that word too often). Three speakers ad-libbing a presentation based on 12 unknown slide each lasting 15 seconds. The slides were a mixture of images, including images of opponents, simple text, and extremely complicated diagrams. Judges comments afterwards added to the humour.
Wrapping up the day was Cocktails in the West Wing with Craftstock. I got the chance to be a fan-boy and meet many presenters.
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