A month ago I had the pleasure of attending the Software Crafters Barcelona 2018. I think it's the fourth time I've been to this conference and it's among my favorites.
I loved this year's edition. The first two years the conference had around 80 attendees and an excellent environment for networking and learning in community.
Last year the conference, and we were around 200 participants, which was a major logistical challenge. Although I liked last year's decision, the truth is that we lost some of the networking and community feeling. However, this year the organizers have overcome all the challenges and achieved the same atmosphere that we had in the first editions.
The venue was in the center of the city, very well communicated and comfortable. The rooms used for the talks and workshops were, I think, very suitable. The only thing I think could be improved is that the English track was a little difficult to access. Still, I think the venue was a great choice.
Another thing I loved this year, is that the open space part was done on Saturday afternoon, instead of Sunday, as was done before. This decision has allowed more people to participate in these open space sessions.
The sessions I attended:
A cowgirl journey Slides Meritxell Calvo Video
Entertaining and inspiring talk about the path she has taken within the industry and the milestones that have marked her. Very interesting to see the importance of having women referents in technology, community and mentoring.
Communication Antipatterns and where to find them Slides Emma Baddeley
As an introductory talk it went very well. He did some emphasis on distributed teams but it wasn't the main focus.
The Science of Not Estimating Slides Anemari Fiser, Javier Sánchez Rois.
An excellent summary of the problems with estimations and how to use some other alternatives as probabilistic forecasting based on real data from the team. It was fascinating how they used Montecarlo simulations based in the past cycle time and lead time of the user stories delivered by the team.
Some interesting references:
Kubeflow (Workshop) Laura Morillo
We follow the lab "Introduction to Kubeflow on Google Kubernetes Engine"
It was an introduction to kubeflow and concepts needed to use it (kubernetes, ksonnet). It was perfect for me because it was not to depth but let me understand the architecture and the development flow.
Parallel Changes. Big changes in small steps.
Interesting session on how to solve the problem of time use in systems that use event streams. Finally, they came up with a solution by sending timestamps as events. They used these marks to demarcate periods so that they could test without the need to depend on time.
Open space Sessions:
- We should provide training on diversity (because it is a great asset, but we usually are not prepared to manage it).
- Learn about biases and social psychology help us to understand the problems and our reactions.
- It is much easier for someone with privileges to correct or point out non-inclusive behavior to another person with privileges (less risk involved).
- It is essential to identify and try to be attentive to situations of discrimination.