Ward Cunningham

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Ward Cunningham is a founder of Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc. He has also served as Director of R&D at Wyatt Software and as Principle Engineer in the Tektronix Computer Research Laboratory before that. Ward is well known for his contributions to the developing practice of object-oriented programming, the variation called Extreme Programming, and the communities hosted by his WikiWikiWeb. He is active with the Hillside Group and has served as program chair of the Pattern Languages of Programs conference which it sponsors. Ward created the CRC design method which helps teams find core objects for their programs. Ward has written for PLoP, JOOP and OOPSLA on Patterns, Objects, CRC and related topics.

On the Courage to Wait for Brilliance

There is a point in design, when facing tough decisions, where one knows enough to make, but has not yet made, a breakthrough. It is an uncomfortable time; a time of fear and doubt. But it is also a highly leveraged moment: the very moment that an ok design becomes a great one. Don't waste these moments.

In this talk Ward Cunningham reflects on means he has devised to linger at or even wallow in decisions almost made. His contributions include CRC-Cards, Patterns, Refactoring, WikiWikiWeb and now Extreme Programming. A thread runs through each that when told might give the impression of a life's plan when in reality he just waited for good ideas.


On the Courage to Wait for Brilliance (Best Practise, Managing Software Projects)
Ward Cunningham,
Tuesday [15:00 - 15:45] Session Room 1

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