Thursday, November 04, 2010

Quotes from QCon

One of the funny things of this QCon is the many tweets that the attendees have been throwing into the world wide web. That's great for a speaker because now they get immediate feedback on their performance, both good and bad. These are some of the quotes I found funny, inspiring or refreshing:

On testing

  • Just because you have automated tests doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing manual testing (Martin Fowler)
  • Test is not a phase… (Martin Fowler)

On tools & deployment

  • Beware!... a fool with a tool is still a fool (Martin Fowler)
  • If it hurts,do it more often,and bring the pain forward (Martin Fowler)
  • How long would it take your org to deploy a 1 single line of code change (Mary & Tom Poppendieck)
  • If you're able to adapt, test and deploy a change very quickly, you don't have to worry too much about risk (Dan North)
  • Adam Messinger from oracle didn't show up to talk about the future of java. What's the message there?

About architecture

  • The structure of your architecture will reflect the structure of your organization (Dan North)
  • If you don't mind being called in the middle of the night, then it's an error. Otherwise it's a warning (Dan North)
  • WADL (web application description language) is people coming from the SOAP world putting their sofas on the porch, reducing property value for everyone else (attendee)

About Agile and product management

  • Agile is a methodology to get mediocre developers to screw up less (Dan North)
  • Lots of concern about blindly following agile in Agile Track at #qconsf. one gotta understand the underlying ideas (Cecilia Fernandes, attendee)
  • You get what you measure (Dan North)
  • If you're not embarrassed by your first product, you shipped too late (Patrick Copeland)
  • Build the right product instead of building the product right (Patrick Copeland)
  • Even if organizational constraints seem to be hard, be skeptical and discuss it (Dan North)
  • Not screwing other teams is a requirement of your software (Attendee)
  • When you solve problem #1, problem #2 gets a promotion (Attendee)
  • Most fear is irrational, so we can learn how to get rid of that (Dan North)
  • Teaching is creating an environment in which people can learn (if they want) (Dan North)

About other attendees

  • Okay, if your whole purpose at #qconsf is to argue with the presenter, sign up to present next year and tell everyone your view", about an Italian guy going against the speaker on both tutorial days
  • Oh good, loud clicking external keyboard guy is here again this year

About the conference

  • Haha @martinfowler screaming at vendors in #continuousdelivery presentation at #qconsf was pretty funny.
  • Ideas are worthless (Patrick Copeland)
  • I'm almost a top model, so I can date anyone I want" (Guilherme)
  • Its your decision, live with the company culture or leave…
  • Amazing how quickly the #qconsf crowd tore though the ice cream bars
  • Coffee: A mild stimulant popular as a late-afternoon refreshment at software development conferences.