It is a common pattern for advocates of any kind (Agile, Quality, Process Improvement methods, Waterfall, etc.) to start off banging a drum with almost religious zealotry. âThis is the way to achieve quality!â âFollow me or be cast aside!â I have certainly done this and many of the change agents and forward thinkers I respect in the industry have struggled with this as well in their careers. However, riding a train of dogmatic viewpoints and practices has, in many cases, ruined the original efforts of change agents and more tragically, created bad patterns of development. This presentation (also recently presented at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference earlier this year) will explore how we can clarify our intentions and work towards creating an environment where the people involved are empowered to think and experiment but still march in the same general direction. As product development becomes more and more complex, different approaches are needed to get to the right outcome and we can no longer afford to apply rigid methods that worked for a simpler environment. This presentation will help the audience think critically about where they are being too dogmatic in their efforts while introducing some new ways of thinking around complex adaptive systems and complex product development. The full paper written for this conference presentation can be found here: http://www.uploads.pnsqc.org/2013/papers/t-095_Stadick_paper.pdf
Rhea Stadick is an Organizational Coach at Intel, Corp. She has spent the last eight years in software quality and development of engineering teams. Today she helps organizations across her company develop cultures and competencies to create thriving work environments that support excellence in product development. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University and M.B.A. from Willamette University. For the past several years she has organized the Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) in the Portland-metro area that gathers professionals in the area to learn and network.
A Special Treat from PNSQC
Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and pop provided by PNSQC beginning at 5:30 pm. PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.
The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.
Vulgar Fashion made a video for "Golden Showers," playing shows, including NYC w/ Ejecta & Future Punx (dates
by Andrew Sacher
Denton's Vulgar Fashion released their self-titled 10" earlier this year, and they've now just made a video for its single "Golden Showers," a dark, gothy cut that leans towards the industrial-tinged synth pop of the '80s but with swirling layers of psychedelia. The new video is equally dark and psychedelic, and (spoiler alert) contains no visual depictions of the song's title. It premieres in this post and you can check it out below. And if you're noticing those glitches at the beginning and end too, it's either intentional on Vulgar Fashion's part or we're all collectively going insane.
Vulgar Fashion will be headed to NYC to open the previously discussed Ejecta (aka Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian and Joel Ford) show at Glasslands on Saturday (11/23), which also includes Parquet Courts' pals Future Punx and a DJ set from Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. Tickets for that show are still available.
Vulgar Fashion's only other scheduled dates at the moment are in their home state. All of those are listed, along with the new video and a stream of their 10", below...
Free Live Jazz Wednesdays at Flute Bar - Midtown, Wed, Dec 4 7:00p
Flute Bar - Midtown, 205 W. 54th St.,
Enjoy free live jazz (5-8pm) with The Yvonnick Prené Quartet featuring Yvonnick Prené (Harmonica), Michael King (Piano), Lorin Cohen (bass) & Jesse Simpson (drums). All guests must be age 21+ with valid ID. No exceptions About the performers : Yvonnick Prené (Harmonica) Jazz legend Lee Konitz says ?The most beautiful music I have ever heard on the harmonica?. Born in Paris, composer and band leader Yvonnick Prené has played with Manu Katche, Dave Glasser, Cyrille Aimee, and Ira Coleman among others. In 2011 he earned a master degree in Music and Research at the Sorbonne University and a Bachelor of Fine Art from The New School.?His debut album "Jour de Fête" on SteepleChase Records was chosen ?Revelation 2013? by Jazz Magazine. About EVR: EVR (Ever), an experiential lounge located in the heart of Manhattan?s Empire District, is a sleek and sophisticated destination offering an exclusive interactive experience. The 5,000 square-foot, dual level space features two bars, an elevated DJ booth, two curated cocktail menus created by expert in-house mixologist Orson Salicetti, and delectable nouveau-American cuisine. Combining industrial chic décor with cutting edge design elements including eclectic atmosphere lighting, vintage furniture, signature art installations and unique entertainment, EVR brings artistry with a high-energy milieu once thought only to exist Downtown to Midtown.