July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Git for teams

Emma Jane Westby (UN-OCHA)
1:30pm–5:00pm Tuesday, 07/21/2015
Foundations Portland 252
Average rating: ***..
(3.43, 14 ratings)
Slides:   external link

Prerequisite Knowledge

People with a very limited knowledge of Git will do better in this workshop. Technical project managers, developers transitioning to management positions, and developers looking to accept community contributions for their projects will get the most out of this session. You should bring your favorite diagramming tools (pencil and paper are perfect!). If you want to test out the commands, you should also bring a computer with internet capabilities, and access to a remote repository, such as GitHub or BitBucket.

Materials or downloads needed in advance

Attendees should have access to a wifi-enabled laptop with a recent version of Git installed on it.


You’ve dabbled a little in version control using Git. You know about commits and pulls and branches. You may have even tried Git to rebase something once (and remember getting kinda freaked out by the headless thing). You can follow along with the various tutorials you’ve found online. But now you’ve been asked to implement a work flow strategy for your company’s next project, and you’re not really sure how (or where) to start.

In this session you will work closely with long-time version control lover Emma Jane Westby to create the perfect work flow strategy for each of your projects. This is a process workshop designed to help you sort through the pros and cons of different types of work flows. It is not just a tutorial on how to run Git from the command line—it’s a workflow overhaul. Promise.

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Emma Jane Westby


Emma Jane Hogbin Westby is an internationally renowned open source software advocate, technical author, and teacher. In January 2010 she was recognized by The Google Diversity Programme for her efforts in increasing female participation in software development. She is a frequent speaker at open source conferences in Canada, US, and Europe and has volunteered for several open source projects, including Drupal, The Linux Documentation Project, and Ubuntu.

In addition to her engaging conference presentations, Emma has also worked as a technical college instructor, as a curriculum developer, and has successfully run her own training business. Emma has been teaching internet technology since 2002, and is the author of Front End Drupal and Drupal User’s Guide.

Emma encourages non-traditional participation in technology through craft and believes that everyone is capable of mastering the tools that surround them. To help engage new ways of participating in technology, she open-sourced one of her knitting patterns so that you can make your very own Drupal Socks (as featured in CRAFTzine). You can follow her adventures on Twitter at @emmajanehw.

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Srivatsa Radhakrishna
07/21/2015 5:17am PDT

Hi Emma,

Due to a conflict, I will not be able to attend the session that I really wanted to. Can you please post your session slides here – ?