Tuesday 24th April, 2012
11:30am to 12:15pm
This talk applies the concepts of chaos theory to software development using the Bak–Tang–Wiesenfeld sand pile model as the vehicle for exploration. The sand pile model, which is used to show how a complex system is attracted to living on the edge of chaos, will be used as a both a powerful metaphor and analogy for building software. Software, it turns out, has its own natural attraction to living in its own edge of chaos. In this talk, we'll explore what this means and entertain questions for what to do about it.
The speaker's hypothesis is that by understanding how complex systems work we can gain insights to better understand and improve the act of building software. By looking through the lens of the sand pile model we'll explore the following:
This thought-provoking perspective will leave you with new ways to think about software. You’ll walk away having learned a little about chaos, complexity, and how they apply to software with a thought-provoking perspective and inspiration for thinking about software in new ways.
Software Craftsman/Partner, Mutually Human Software
Zach Dennis is a Software Craftsman/Partner at Mutually Human Software in Grand Rapids, MI. He's a proven RSpec and Ruby guru, founder of the Michigan Ruby User Group and co-author of The RSpec Book. He's contributed to several projects such as Ruby's standard library documentation, Ruby on Rails, and RSpec as well as many of his own. He's been leading and mentoring teams for almost an entire decade. In his spare time he reads copiously and plays the guitar. You can find him as @zachdennis on Twitter and @zdennis on Github.
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