This year's PLoP will offer the opportunity to stay over Saturday evening,
allowing participants an uninterrupted day (Saturday) to work on any
type of project they wish. This can be a chance for pattern writers in
a particular area to have some quality time to work on a language, for
individuals to write a paper, or for Focus Groups to continue what they
started during the main conference.
Saturday will also be a time for special presentations by:
author of "Project Retropectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews"
Norming: Discovering Our Timeless Way of growing
a patterns community.
We've had ten years of PLoP's? Wow! What is it about our patterns culture
that has gotten us this far?
Don't casually dismiss this question. To many, what we have accomplished
over the last decade seems like magic. Yet, if we don't understand the
source of this magic, if we don't understand the foundation of norms
that got us this far, we risk losing our way as time, events, interests
and membership evolve.
In this session we explore an ancient retrospective technique to preserve
our way so we can adapt and grow with the next ten years of challenge
A definition from Encarta*:
norm n -- a standard pattern of behavior that is considered
normal in a particular society.
A quote for contemplation:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Arthur C. Clark, The Lost Worlds of 2001.
* Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation.
"OnWard: The next order of magnitude for pattern repositories"
Who is Ward? Many people know him well. He is one of the most respected
person in the pattern community. He is also:
- One of the inventors of CRC cards
- One of the pioneers
- The inventor of Wiki
- Kent Beck said that
he learned XP (eXtreme Programming) from Ward
- Special invited speaker
to OOPSLA '04
If you are new to PLoP community, you may want to consider taking the