[Baypiggies] ACCU meeting tonight

Walter Vannini walterv at gbbservices.com
Wed Feb 7 19:27:19 CET 2007

Due to new PayPal security requirements, we are strongly
recommending that you preregister by RSVPing if you think
you might be attending. If you forget to preregister, PayPal
might not allow us to admit you. Also, all attendees will
now need to present some form of Photo ID.

To RSVP, please reply to this e-mail, address it to Ali Çehreli
<acehreli at yahoo.com>, and add RSVP to the subject line.

When:      Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Topic:     Technical Management of Software Development
Speaker:   Alex Martelli
Time:      7:00pm
Where:     eBay Town Hall (next to PayPal/eBay)
                2161 North First St San Jose, CA 95131
Map:       <http://tinyurl.com/cdg5u/>
Cost:      Free
More Info: <http://www.accu-usa.org>

Managing software development projects can benefit from some
approaches that are rather different from most traditional
management techniques. Software developers operate with
their own particular mindset, culture and reward system. To
motivate and inspire a top programming team, one type of
ideal manager is a technical peer who can jump into the code
and work hands-on, together with the developers, to solve
thorny problems. Such technical involvement can keep a
project moving forward and help the manager build
credibility and trust within the team.

In this talk, Alex Martelli discusses some common management
myths, and shares some immediately useful advice for anyone
involved in managing software development projects.

For those who want to read ahead (or listen ahead) an early
version of this talk can be found at
<http://osc.gigavox.com/shows/detail1372.html>. The ACCU
talk will have plenty of new material: quoting Alex "I have
changed the talk itself quite a bit since that podcast was
recorded in July".

Alex Martelli is Uber Technical Lead at Google, Inc. Alex
holds a laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica from Bologna
University. He wrote Python in a Nutshell, and also
co-edited the Python Cookbook. He's a member of the Python
Software Foundation, and won the 2002 Activators' Choice
Award and the 2006 Frank Willison Memorial Award.

Alex spent 8 years with IBM Research (earning three
Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards), 12 years as
senior consultant (Win32, Fortran, C, C++, Java, etc) at
Think3 inc, and 3 years as a Python freelance consultant
(mostly for AB Strakt). He has taught Programming, Numerical
Computing, and Object Oriented Design at Ferrara University
and other venues.

--- Upcoming ACCU talks ---

March 21, 2007
Kevlin Henney
"Four (More) Patterns You Should Know"


The ACCU meets monthly. To suggest topics and speakers
please email Walter Vannini via walterv at gbbservices.com

Walter Vannini

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