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I T.A.K.E. Unconference, 8th edition: Slides & Photos

May 14, 2020

Thank you to everyone who made the 8th edition of I T.A.K.E. Unconference amazing: Keynotes, Speakers, Partners, Participants, Team! Let’s keep on Raising the Bar by Challenging Ourselves.

Here’s a short recap of this edition, with the corresponding slides (to be updated)

Lemi Orhan Ergin – 10 Faulty Behaviours of Code Review
Alex Bolboaca – Deliberate Practice Formats and Patterns
Carlos Blé – Refactoring to Value Objects to get rid of the Primitive Obsession
Michael Feathers – Unit Testing and Modularity
Emily Bache – Approval testing
Xavier Detant – Not-so-serious games for serious work
Rebecca Wirfs-Brock – Grow Your Personal Design Heuristics

Get a feeling of the 8th edition from our photos on Facebook.

Interested in what’s next at #itakeunconf? Drop us a line and you’ll be the first to know when registrations for the 9th edition will be opened.

Software Craft

Meet Michael Feathers, Keynote @ I T.A.K.E. Unconference

May 06, 2020

 “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in why things are the way that they are. Over time, that intense curiosity has driven me to learn as much as I can about object orientation and software development in general. I like to find out what works, and what doesn’t and tell people about the boundary conditions.

Michael Feathers is the Founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, a company specializing in software and organization design.
Over the past 20 years, he has consulted with hundreds of organizations, supporting them with general software design issues, process change, and code revitalization.

Prior to that, he was the Chief Scientist of Obtiva and a Senior Consultant with Object Mentor International. Later on, he became a Member of the Technical Staff at Groupon.

Michael introduced a definition of legacy code as code without tests, which reflects the perspective of legacy code being difficult to work with in part due to a lack of automated regression tests. He also defined characterization tests to start putting legacy code under test. 

Over the years, Michael has spent a great deal of time helping teams after design over time in code bases.

A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Michael is the author of the book Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Prentice Hall, 2004) and also has written a tool that creates FeatureDiagrams for Java classes.

Curious to hear one of Michael’s latest talks? Join us on the 12th of May at the 8th edition of I T.A.K.E. Unconference.

Software Craft

Meet Rebeca Wirfs-Brock, Keynote @ I T.A.K.E. Unconference

Apr 23, 2020

Rebecca is an internationally recognized object design pioneer who invented the set of design practices known as Responsibility-Driven Design (RDD). By accident,  she started the x-Driven Design meme. Along the way, she authored two popular object design books that are still in print and was the design columnist for IEEE Software.

What brought her to I T.A.K.E. Unconference in the first place? As she says:
“The conference is focused on code, it’s s not people waving their hands and speaking theory, and this challenged me as a speaker.”

Rebecca is among the Speakers that joined the first-ever edition of I T.A.K.E. Unconference back in 2013. Now, as the event moves into a digital format, with the 8th edition’s theme Craft: Raising the Bar Starts by Challenging Yourself, Rebecca joins us once more, this time with a talk on how to Grow Your Personal Design Heuristics

Her Keynote Session will focus on ways of becoming better software designers, through becoming more aware of our design heuristics and being more intentional about cultivating and refining them. 

What does Rebecca focus on in her work?
She helps teams hone their design and architecture skills, manage and reduce technical debt, refactor code, address architecture risks, and discover their personal design heuristics. In addition to coaching and personal mentoring, she teaches and conducts workshops on software design skills and thinking, distilling design heuristics, and Agile Architecture. 

Lately, Rebecca is pursuing her interest in software patterns and their relationship to design heuristics in general.

Curious to hear one of Rebecca’s latest talks? Join us on the 12th of May at the 8th edition of I T.A.K.E. Unconference.

Software Craft

Craft: Raising the Bar Starts with Yourself

Apr 23, 2020

After the well-received first online edition, I T.A.K.E. Unconference continues with the 8th edition on the 12th of May 2020, for Crafters.
Following our belief that #LearningNeverStops, we continue to bring together online international speakers and top-notch practitioners.

The theme chosen for the 8th edition is Craft: Raising the Bar Starts by Challenging Yourself and includes sessions on: 

  • design heuristics
  • deliberate practice
  • live coding 
  • real games used as learning tools at work
  • new coding exercises for your craft

How is this edition of I TAKE Unconference special?

  • Focus is placed upon new innovative approaches to deliberate practice, robust code and software development
  • Brings together international speakers and top-notch professionals from Europe, the USA and all over the world
  • The sessions include practical examples with the latest techniques applied in various environments, programming languages & technologies
  • Fast-paced, dynamic learning atmosphere
  • Overcoming travel challenges of this Spring

With a focus on practices and practicing, we invite you to explore together through remote live talks and live coding what software craft actually means: raising the bar.

Want to be part of this not-to-miss event? You are welcome to join our group of supporters and partners and bring innovation one step further. Just let us know and we can make it happen.

Let’s continue sharing knowledge by preserving the feeling of a community of peers who learn together, aiming to raise the bar by challenging oneself.

Architecture

Meet Joe Yoder, Keynote @ I T.A.K.E. Unconference

Mar 19, 2020

Joe Yoder, the internationally recognized leader in many facets of software development, will join the I T.A.K.E. Unconference 7th edition from Urbana, Illinois.

His specializations are Architecture, Analysis and Design, C#, Java, Smalltalk, Patterns, Agile Methods, Adaptable Systems, Refactoring, Reuse, and Frameworks.

Joe evolved from the Software Architecture and Patterns group at the University of Illinois. He has worked on various projects during his career that has incorporated many technologies. These range from stand-alone to client-server applications, web applications, web services, cloud computingmicroservicesservice-oriented architecture, multi-tiered, various databases, object-oriented, frameworks, human-computer interaction, collaborative environments, and domain-specific visual-languages.

In addition, these projects have spanned many domains, including Medical Information Systems, Financial Systems, Ordering, Import, Invoicing, Print, Shipping, Warehouse Management, Manufacturing, Medical Examination, Statistical Analysis, Scenario Planning, Client-Server Relational Database System for keeping track of shared specifications in a multi-user environment, Telecommunications Billing System, and Business & Medical Decision Making.

Besides his specializations, Joe has many years of practical hands-on experience where he has conducted architecture and design reviews of enterprise applications and systems, reviewed the design and implementation of various systems and frameworks, provided assessments and detailed analysis of existing systems, assisted with frameworks and object-oriented development, designing and performing custom training and leading various successful Agile teams.

Joe believes software is still too hard to change and wants to do something about this. He also believes that with good practices, putting the ability to change software into the hands of the people with the knowledge to change it, and bringing the business side closer to the development process is a promising avenue to solve this problem. He teaches and mentors developers on Agile and lean practices, architecture, building flexible systems, clean design, patterns, refactoring, and testing.

Recently Joe has been working with organizations and thought leaders on the best practices for including quality aspects throughout the complete software life cycle.

Curious to hear one of Joe’s latest talks? Join us on the 7th of April at the 7th edition of I T.A.K.E. Unconference.

Architecture

Meet Andrey Adamovich, Keynote @ I T.A.K.E. Unconference

Mar 18, 2020

Andrey Adamovich is a software craftsman with many years of experience in different lifecycle phases of software creation. His latest focus is on implementing DevOps initiatives in companies all over Europe as well as delivers training sessions on Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, principles of DevOps and Software Delivery Automation tools.

Andrey’s love is JVM ecosystem. In recent years, he’s been trying to apply JVM goodness to DevOps initiatives, which his company is implementing for several clients. He co-author of Groovy 2 Cookbook as well as a frequent speaker at local communities and conferences and one of the leaders of LatCraft – Latvian Software Craftsmanship Community as well as co-founder and organizer of DevTernity conference.

With an experience of over fifteen years of professional software design and development in a variety of industries, he has a great deal of programming language and technology know-how. Over the past three years, he has specialized in software delivery process automation, DevOps, and performance-oriented software architecture.

He is passionate about defining good development practices, documenting and presenting architecture, reuse of code and design patterns, profiling, and analysis of application performance as well as extreme automation of development and operations activities.

Another of Andrey’s passions is teaching software automation practices and tooling. His DevOps MasterClass (eXtreme Automation) course has been delivered more than 50 times in various locations in Europe: Austria, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Romania, Estonia, Latvia. Andrey is also a co-founder of DevChampions training center.

At the moment, Andrey works as a DevOps consultant offering his expertise in implementing DevOps initiatives, selecting automation tooling, switching to infrastructure-as-code and immutable infrastructure and constructing software delivery pipelines.

Curious to hear one of Andrey’s latest talks? Join us on the 7th of April at the 7th edition of I T.A.K.E. Unconference.

Announcements

Online 7th edition of I TAKE Unconference

Mar 11, 2020

Bringing good news for the tech community: the I T.A.K.E. Unconference comes back with the 7th edition on the 7th of April 2020.

With so many events canceled this Spring, we’ve decided the time came to innovate and change the format once more in order to answer to today’s needs and challenges.

As firm believers in continuous improvement, we plan to overcome the barriers that might restrict learning in this period. How we plan to do that? By going online and bringing you international speakers and top-notch practitioners in the comfort of your own office or home.

How is the 7th edition of I TAKE Unconference special?

  • Focus is placed upon new innovative approaches to modular architecture
  • Brings together international speakers and top-notch professionals from Europe, the USA and all over the world
  • The sessions include practical examples with the latest techniques applied in various environments, programming languages & technologies
  • Fast-paced, dynamic learning atmosphere
  • Overcoming travel challenges of this Spring

We invite you to discover more on Modular Architecture in the Age of Cloud Computing – this edition’s topic.

Want to be part of this not-to-miss event? You are welcome to join our group of supporters and partners and bring innovation one step further. Just let us know and we can make it happen.

Let’s continue sharing knowledge by preserving the feeling of a community of peers who learn together.

Call for Speakers Announcements

Call for Speakers Opened

Aug 06, 2018

Send your proposal to become a speaker at I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2019. This year we are interested in specific topics, and choosing one of them might get you closer to becoming a speaker.

To increase your chances to become accepted, here are some tips:

#1. Get into the attendees shoes

If you have a very clear idea of who your audience is going to be, make the exercise to think from their point of view. They choose to attend your session, and they expect the best value from their investment.

#2. Customize, customize, customize 

Every audience is unique, so craft your proposal according to what you know about your audience and about the event. Try to bring an original approach for each session you submit.

#3. Pay attention to details

When you apply, make sure you have an excellent title, a clear description of what you want to present and a strong personal bio.

#4. Invest time in your application

Although it might seem at hand, making a proposal takes time. Make sure you follow the guidelines offered by the organizers and when in doubt, ask for more details. Make sure you offer the details requested in the application.

#5. And a little extra thing 

You’ve seen the call, you got your information in order and you are pretty sure you want to make a submission.

You can read more in detail about our tips here.

 

Have any questions about the call for papers or the Unconference? Let us know in the comments.