[Buffalo-pm] Andy Lester Oct 26 Talk Details
magog at the-wire.com
Tue Oct 10 19:49:43 PDT 2006
(These details are also on the TPM web site: http://to.pm.org/)
Speaker: Andy Lester
Date: Thursday 26 Oct 2006
Where: 2 Bloor Street West (NW corner of Yonge/Bloor, skyscraper
with the CIBC logo on top) Floor/Classroom TBA
Andy Lester has used Perl for over a decade, has written or maintains
a number of modules you probably use every day, and works on public
relations for the Perl Foundation. But for his double-header talk
for October 26th, Perl is barely a mention.
First up, Andy will speak on technical debt and how to get out of it.
Technical debt is that nasty condition companies get into where the
codebase is crufty, poorly documented, and hard to test, and everyone
is terrified of changing anything. Just like financial debt, it's
the compound interest on technical debt that snowballs until you can
no longer effectively do projects: technical bankruptcy. Come learn
how to pay down your biggest debts before that happens.
Second, Andy discusses pragmatic job hunting for technical people.
He'll talk about how finding and landing a job isn't a matter of
luck, and how to make yourself stand out in a sea of job applicants.
Come ready to unlearn the conventional wisdom about all aspects of
the job hunt, from where to find jobs, how to write a resume, and
what to do in an interview. "In my years of hiring programmers, I've
seen some pretty awful mistakes, and some awfully funny ones," he
says. Come learn how to avoid the mistakes and get the job you want.
This evening of talks is of general interest to programmers,
sysadmins and other technical people, not just Perl Mongers. Tell
The elevators in the building are "locked down" after 5:30pm
to people without building access cards. Leading up to the
meeting someone will come down to the main floor lobby every
few minutes to ferry people upstairs. There will be a
number of scheduled trips:
After 19:00, you can reach the access-card-carrying guy via
a cell phone number that we'll leave with security in the
front lobby. The room and floor numbers will be left with
If any latecomers call up there will be a final group
elevator run at 19:10. After that, access will be ad-hoc;
call up from security and somebody will try to come down and
let you up.
Michael Graham <magog at the-wire.com>
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