F11-OJ8: Collaborative Spaces: Silver Bullet or Cyanide Capsule?

Track: Open Jam Testing Sessions

One of the hot topics in software development is the use of collaborative space: an open area where testers, analysts, project managers, business customers, executives, and developers work side by side. The assumption is that it’s a great thing – but is it really?

Maybe you are considering moving into a collaborative space. Or maybe you’ve already had one jammed down your throat – and are struggling to adapt. Or maybe you’ve been working in an open space for a while and want to share your experience and insights.

In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to hear about and experience working in all types of collaborative – and not so collaborative – spaces. You will learn what works, what doesn’t, practices, pitfalls, and discover non-intuitive effects. Expect the unexpected!

Please Note: There were no presentations for Open Jam sessions.

Session Speaker:

Dave LimbaughDave Limbaugh – Software Development Supervisor, Priority Health
Since 2004, Dave has been an Agile Coach, Software Development Supervisor, and Project Manager at Priority Health, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based health insurance company. During that time, he managed several high-visibility projects using in-house and off-site developers, analysts, and testers. He recently championed moving from cubes to collaborative spaces for the IT department.

From 1999 to 2003, Dave was in the forefront of Extreme Programming, first at Interface System’s “Java Factory”, then as a consultant for Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor. Dave is a proponent of TDD (Test Driven Development/Design), and believes that tests are the best requirements. Before 1999, as a software and hardware developer, Dave worked with a broad range of technologies and systems dating back to the 1970s.

Dave is a board member of Software Grand Rapids, and a board member and presenter at the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference.