Was It Something I Said? The Art of Giving (and getting) Actionable Critiques

Emma Jane Hogbin Westby (Git for Teams)
Location: Portland 252
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Bug reports, issue queues, pull requests, code reviews, flame-outs, rage-quits. Most of our participation in open source software happens in a text-based environment. It’s difficult to read the intention behind words, and very easy to misinterpret what someone is saying. And yet, overall, most open source projects are able to foster healthy community that supports their fellow participants.

Attendees will come out of this session with tips on:
- a framework for giving useful, and actionable criticism
- critique of critiques, examples of what’s useful, and what’s harmful
- making your reviews easy to implement (making your time investment worth while)
- writing useful reviews outside of your area of competence (i.e. how to review design when you’re not a designer; and how to review code when you’re not a coder)
- creating a better “ask” that results in the kind of feedback you actually want to receive

Getting better reviews makes us better at our job—and makes our software a better product. If you’re ready to take your reviews to the next level…if you’re ready to help others lift their work out of mediocrity with their head held high, be sure to attend this session with your friends and your nemesis.

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Emma Jane Hogbin Westby

Git for Teams

Since 1996, Emma Jane Hogbin Westby has been been bringing people together through education, collaboration, and technology. Her latest book, Git for Teams (O’Reilly, 2015), outlines real-world strategies for more than just software development; it shows how teams can harness both technology and collaboration to work more efficiently, ensure project goals are met, and make the whole greater than simply the sum of its parts.

In addition to her recent work with Git, Emma is an internationally renown speaker and author on open source software, and an outspoken advocate for women in technology. She has volunteered for several open source projects, including Drupal, The Linux Documentation Project, and Ubuntu, and she has been recognized by The Google Diversity Programme for her work.

While she is adept at engaging large audiences with her conference presentations, Emma also has experience bringing people together in smaller settings, having worked as a project manager, an instructor, a curriculum developer, and running her own training business. Her earlier publications, Front End Drupal (Prentice Hall, 2009) and Drupal User’s Guide (Prentice Hall, 2011), have been touchstones for thousands of people in open source software development.

Emma’s advocacy for tools and techniques goes beyond technology to her love of hand-made crafts, echoing her belief that everyone is capable of mastering the tools at their disposal. She has even brought her two loves of technology and crafts together, providing open source patterns so you can knit your very own pair of Drupal socks. You can catch up this and all her adventures on Twitter at @emmajanehw.


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