This years conference really confirmed to me that there is very real and very broad push for simplification going on. This includes trends like
- CQRS and ES
- Using document stores
- Cutting down on layering
- Chopping systems into thinner simpler slices
- Moving towards continuous delivery
On the process side of things there were some very good discussions on the finer points of topics like adopting TDD, the value of co-location, DDD, the value of business alignment vs. the value of efficiency in software development and on managing technical debt.
On the one hand there are the broad trends, and on the other there are the detail pesky details of some of the really hard stuff: That's what makes the open space format great, it's so thoroughly tied to the actual practice going on in real projects, and people are so honest and sharing about their problems and successes that you get the inside track on both the direction things are moving and on which details are the problematic ones.
Enough on my experience with the conference. Here are a few of the tweets from other attendees:
Was pleasantly surprised by my first open space conference, #aaosconf. Great people, great discussions.
— Kristian Langborg-Ha (@klangborg) September 15, 2012
Thanks to all that participated in #aaosconf It was the most fun and educative conference in years. Thanks to @chr_horsdal for arranging it
— Jeppe Cramon (@jeppec) September 14, 2012
On my way home from #aaosconf. Great conference. Had som very interesting discussions, and feel very inspired. Thanks to @chr_horsdal
— Thomas Jespersen (@thomento) September 14, 2012
Seems we all had fun learning a lot. Thanks for that! Hope to see you next year!