Retrospective: The Software Engineering Camp 2016


Software Engineering Camp 2016

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Software Engineering Camp 2016. After attending the DevOps Camp earlier this year, I was looking for more ‘barcamp spirit’ and, with the help of a friend, I found it! So, barcamp. What’s that? A barcamp is a so called un-conference. Basically, it’s what happens between the talks on regular conferences. You get to meet interesting people, exchange ideas and share the findings of you day-to-day struggles at work, and have some cold beverages.

First things first: A big thank you for the team of organizers. You were amazing hosts, basically everybody was happy when we parted ways on sunday and I’m sure I’m not the only one, who’s already looking forward for next years camp! Keep it up 🙂

The camp started on friday afternoon with a nice, relaxed party where we already heard two lightning talks and got to enjoy some beers, classic video games and lots of interesting conversations.

Saturday, after a very satisfying breakfast, we started with the session planning – and it was quite clear that I’ll miss some interesting ones. Sadly, i also completely missed out on the IoT-Hacking area. After some really interesting sessions, we had healthy discussions and in the evening, I left quite tired and inspired.

On Sunday – surprise, surprise – there was still a huge number of interesting sessions posted on the board. Luckily I managed to attend all of my favourites today. And to top it off – got to host one myself. Almost 20 people were willing to listen to me, Reinhard and Frank as we talked about our experiences with Legacy Code and the ‘ways out of the mess’.

After the last session, we wrapped it up with a retrospective and discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. After digesting the weekend for a few days, I’m sure that it was one of the best (un)conferences I attended yet. I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of interesting people and took home a good amount of inspiration for future projects.

Thanks to method park for letting us use their (very cool) office for the weekend. You guys rock!

If you are interested, you can look at the github repository I created during the weekend. There are some notes I took during the weekend.