Monday 27 Aug 17:30

Special guest speaker Dan North



LEVEL: Intermediate

A very special evening!

After testing the Foo Café concept from the Lean Opening (March 22nd) we have now reach the point where we are fully prepared to say LET'S GO!

The Foo Café Grand Opening will be our start for the first meeting place that is like a conference but everyday, year round. We aren't copying anyone we are creating something that has never been tried before and you will be part of it.

Our highlight this evening is Dan North, a reknowed Keynote speaker from major conferences. Dan has written a special speech for this evening;

Deliberate Learning: the reason for Foo Café

Some programmers look at programming as more than their day job. They want to deepen their understanding, develop skills and learn techniques that will make them better programmers. Many invest their time outside of work or college in coding dojos practising "code katas" where they learn to fluently solve a Tower of Hanoi problem in Ruby or a Harry Potter book store problem in Python. I admire their dedication but I'm not convinced this is the best approach to making anyone a better programmer.

The metaphor of dojos and katas for improving programming skills is misleading. Learning martial arts - and musical scales for that matter - is about deliberate practise whereas programming skills are developed through deliberate learning. In he former, you aspire to flawlessly reproduce a given sequence of moves or perform a piece of music. You want to perform the perfect ippon seo nage or play Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony without a single error. Deliberate learning on the other hand is about developing discovery and problem-solving skills in unfamiliar contexts.

In this talk Dan argues the case for deliberate learning with some techniques for improving your programming, and explains why Foo Café is such an important idea.

Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques. He believes most technology problems are really about communication and feedback, which explains his interest in organisational design, systems thinking and how people learn. He has been consulting, coding and coaching for over 20 years, and he occasionally blogs at

After Dan's speech will we have some suprises, so I hope you will stay around to experience it.


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