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Programming Well With Others: Social Skills for Geeks

Brian Fitzpatrick (Tock), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.)
Programming
Location: Portland 255
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 14 ratings)

Are languages, compilers, debuggers, and algorithms all you need to be a successful software engineer? In a perfect world, those who produce the best code should be the most successful. Unfortunately, we live in a world of imperfect people, and collaborating with others is at least as important as having great technical skills if you want to write great software. In this session, we’ll use a series of anecdotes to cover what you’ll need to successfully (and efficiently!) work with your team, your manager, your users, and even other people in your company. You’ll learn how to deal with intermittent bugs in your coworkers, and dabble in the art of mass organizational manipulation.

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Brian Fitzpatrick

Tock

Brian started Google’s Chicago engineering office in 2005 and led several of Google’s global engineering efforts, including the Data Liberation Front, and Transparency Engineering. He also served as internal advisor for Google’s open data efforts, having previously led the Google Code and Google Affiliate Network teams. Prior to joining Google, Brian worked as an engineer at CollabNet, Apple, and a local Chicago development shop.

Brian first started contributing to open source software in 1998 and was a core Subversion developer from 2000 to 2005 as well as the lead developer of the cvs2svn utility. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and former VP of Public Relations for the ASF. Brian has written numerous articles and given dozens of presentations, including co-writing “Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others,” “Version Control with Subversion” (now in its second edition), and chapters for “Unix in a Nutshell” and “Linux in a Nutshell.”

Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and Ceramics. Brian resides in Chicago.

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Ben Collins-Sussman

Google, Inc.

Ben Collins-Sussman is one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, and co-authored O’Reilly’s “Version Control with Subversion” book and more recently O’Reilly’s “Team Geek: a Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others.”

Ben co-founded Google’s engineering office in Chicago, ported Subversion to Google’s Bigtable platform, led Google Code’s Project Hosting team, and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate Network. Prior to joining Google, Ben was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet. He has been an active open source contributor for over twelve years, contributing to projects related to version control and gaming.

Ben collects hobbies which tend to explore the tension between art and science. He has given numerous talks about the social challenges of software development. He writes interactive fiction games and tools, and was the co-winner of the 15th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. He has co-authored several original musicals and received multiple awards for musical theater composition. He has an Extra-class FCC license for amateur radio, and also spends time learning DSLR photography and playing bluegrass banjo. Ben is a proud native of Chicago, and holds Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago with a major in Mathematics and minor in Linguistics. He still lives in Chicago with his wife, kids, and cats.

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Ben Collins-Sussman
08/16/2011 4:51am PDT

There were no slides. :-) Search for our talk on YouTube.

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Gauthier de Valensart
08/16/2011 3:29am PDT

Is there any way to get your Oscon 2011 presentation slides?

Thank you

Berend Tober
07/27/2011 11:56am PDT

This is one of the best presentation I have ever seen! Very creative and effective format. Lots of great information presented in a lively, and entertaining fashion. No threat of nodding off here. I’m going to copy this technique (I hope you are flattered)!