Pamplona Software Craftsmanship 2017

Last month, eight Flymates attended Pamplona Software Craftsmanship (PSWC), a two-day conference during which more than a hundred developers, software engineers, programmers, craftsmen and other professionals in the software development industry came together to discuss their professions, challenges, and possible solutions.

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Group photo of Pamplona Software Craftsmanship

The format of the PSWC consisted of a traditional conference followed by an Open Space. Contrary to traditional conferences, during which the speakers and sessions are previously announced, in Open Space meetings, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions. The AOS was a great learning experience for all of us.

Here’s a brief summary of the talks that struck a chord with us:

  • Sebastian Hermida (@sbastn) explained the ways we can create an intuitive and accessible user interface.
  • During his talk, Modesto San Juan (@msanjuan) reviewed the basic concepts of programming oriented to objects and afterwards proposed a “reorientation”. This consisted of valuing the solutions that we adopt while taking into account our goals, which helped us understand the basis to take adaptive decisions and encouraged us to not let ourselves go along with tradition.
  • Miguel Cruz (@miguelcruznet) shared his thoughts on a book called Nonviolent Communication that was written by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Nonviolent communication is based on the assumption that we all have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms other when we don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. During the talk, we learned key tactics to resolve conflict without resorting to criticism and judgment.
  • The Coding Stones (@CodingStones )proposed an open space that questioned how to estimate projects. The goal was to underline the difference between “work” and “value”. If this is a topic that interests you, take a few minutes to read his blog post about it.

Conclusion
We highly recommend the Pamplona Software Craftsmanship! It was a great opportunity to get to know each other, share knowledge, learn, and grow. We want to say a big thank you to all the organizers, and we hope to see you next year!

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