Joseph Yoder

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Land of the Agile Sun

by Joseph Yoder on February 27, 2014

It’s been over two years since my last trip to Japan. I’m excited to be visiting the country once again and looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues there.

I’ll be arriving in Tokyo on the 27th. The next day, I will be travelling by bullet train, either Tokaido Shinkansen or possibly the Nozomi with my colleague Rebecca Wirfs-Brock to Kyoto, where we will take in the historic sites.

On March 1st, I’ll be heading back to Tokyo, where I’ll take in the sites before working with Hironori Washizaki Research Group on Software Modeling Patterns and Evalution Software Models including Refactoring.  Later in the week, I may also meet with an agile group while waiting for AsianPLoP 2014: 3rd Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs which runs from March 5-8.

At AsianPLoP, I will be hosting a workshop about Alexander’s Properties, taken from the Nature of Order by Christopher Alexander, in which I will be discussing how they relate to software and other areas. In addition to the workshop, I’ll be presenting a paper called “Continuous Inspection: A Pattern for Keeping your Code Healthy and Aligned to the Architecture” with Paulo Merson, Ademar Aguiar, and Eduardo Guerra. Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and I will also be presenting a paper entitled, “QA to AQ: Patterns about transitioning from Quality Assurance to Agile Quality.”

I look forward to arriving in Japan and seeing the beautiful country once again. If you will be in the area or at the conference, get in touch!

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Return to Porto

by Joseph Yoder on November 22, 2013 · 0 comments

What better way to bring an end to the year than by returning to beautiful Porto, Portugal. During this trip, I’ll be saying Olá to my friend and colleague Ademar Aguiar (along with others). He has asked me to come out to help work on an Adaptive Object Model project. I look forward to working on this exciting international project. During my trip, Ademar and Jens Ostergaard have invited me to sit in and participate in an Agile Scrum Master Course they are teaching. Although I have quite a bit of experience with Agile and Scrum, I have never formally sat in on on a Scrum Master course so it will be enlightening to see the masters at work. :)

I’ll be flying to Porto on December 3 and returning early December 16th. While I’m there, I will also be taking in the sites, maybe visiting Lisbon, enjoying the company of friends, and escaping from the cold Illinois weather. If you’ll be in the area and would like to meet up, send me a message.

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Celebrating the 20th PLoP

November 4, 2013

  This year marked the 20th Pattern Languages of Programs conference. We celebrated this special event by returning to our roots at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois where the conference first began. This year’s conference bridged the gap between newcomers with great ideas and some old friends who have been with us from the beginning. […]

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Cosmic Mud Ball Comes Full Circle: PLoP PLoP, Fizz Fizz, Oh what a Relief it is!!!

October 23, 2013

As the Cosmic Mud Tour comes to a close, it’s a relief to PLoP down home again (fizz fizz). And how fitting that the tour ends up where it all began, at the Pattern Languages of Programming conference hosted by The Hillside Group at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois. The Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP™) […]

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Cosmic Tour Hits Krakow

October 10, 2013

From Portugal to Brasil, and now onto Krakow, Poland, the cosmic tour has been a journey of mind, spirit, and best practices. I’ve given talks at the National Institute for Space Research in São José dos Campos, attended MiniPLoP and CBSoft, sat on a panel, talked twice while there, and presented with Eduardo Guerra on […]

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Cosmic Mud Tour 2013

October 4, 2013

My Big Ball of Mud Tour began this year in Portugal at the Agile & Scrum Portugal 2013 conference. This leg of the trip saw me in Brazil.  It started on September 26, when i stopped by the National Institute for Space Research in São José dos Campos. After giving a talk about Adaptive Object-Models, I […]

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Adapting Brazil for the Ultimate in Agility

September 23, 2013

It’s the end of September, and that means it’s back to Brazil for your friendly neighborhood agilist! I’ve got a full itinerary this year, and there are a number of stops planned for this trip. To start with, on September 26-27, I’ll be visiting the National Institute for Space Research (INPE)  in São José dos […]

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Refactoring the Universe

September 13, 2013

Next week marks my first visit to Geneva, Switzerland. While there, I will be teaching a course on Refactoring to Better Design and Test Driven Development: Evolving Legacy Code at The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN. I’m excited to be making the trip and I hope to find some time while I’m […]

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Music City gets Agile

August 5, 2013

It’s a beautiful warm day here in Music City, #Nashville, Tennessee. I’m happy to be back in Nashville and to be attending #agile2013 again this year. The conference starts today, so I’m excited to be getting right into the event, although I have been talked into setting some time aside to go honky tonkin’ tonight! […]

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The Agilist Strikes Back!!!

June 17, 2013

I’m excited to be headed back for my “annual” summer trip to Portugal. I’ll once again be arriving in the city of Porto, where I’ll be taking in the sights while I await the beginning of the Agile & Scrum Portugal 2013 Convention. This is the first year that these two conferences will join efforts […]

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