February Meeting – (Alan says) You Are Not A Craftsman

We’re going to mix things up a little bit this month: we have a speaker – Alan Stevens! This meeting should be very be interesting – Alan has been (just a teensy bit) critical of the “Software Craftsmanship” movement, and our group has “Software Craftsmanship” in its title. What better to way to address our differences, than to invite him to argue with talk to us? With any luck, this meeting should stop just short of fisticuffs.

You Are Not A Craftsman

Despite the existence of a Software Craftsmanship Manifesto on the web, the majority of software development does not require a craftsman to build. In this session we will examine the conflicting priorities software development teams must navigate and discuss various definitions of craftsmen and how they relate to building software. This session will be a mix of prepared content and discussion in which the audience will be asked to evaluate the role of well crafted code in the context of their own development team.

Alan Stevens is a father, geek, vegan and software artisan living in Knoxville, TN. Alan regularly speaks at conferences and user group meetings about how to be a better software developer. Alan is an Open Space Technology facilitator. Alan received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in C# in 2009, 2010 & 2011. When Alan is not hanging out with his family, posting on Twitter, singing or playing his acoustic guitar, he occasionally updates his website at halanstevens.com.

The meeting will be on Thursday, February 9th at 6pm (click here to RSVP). As usual we will have food and refreshments. If you have special requests for beer or food (e.g., vegetarian-friendly), leave us a comment below.

UPDATE: Rumor has it that there will be scotch tasting at the meeting.

Here’s a list of what we’re sampling:


Many thanks to our sponsors and host this month:
• TEKsystems (food)
• Premier Staffing (beer)
• Cellular Sales (venue)

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The meeting will be held at Cellular Sales’ office. The address is:

311 Directors Drive
Knoxville, TN 37923 (map)

From Cedar Bluff, turn onto Cross Park Drive. Look for a Verizon Wireless sign across from the post office, then turn right into the parking lot at this green electrical box.


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