Dec 2011: Consultants & Rockstars, Who needs 'em? by Lori Olson

Consultants & Rockstars, Who needs 'em?

Sound familiar? The Rails ecosystem is growing in leaps and bounds, like the Java ecosystem did in its’ early days. So many languages, frameworks, plugins, engines, libraries and tools. So little time to deliver your new project.

It’s tempting to hire a rock star who knows absolutely everything to get your new project off the ground. You can also hire "consultants" to help fill in the holes in your team when taking your existing product to the next level. Or maybe just hire a whole bunch of people for cheap, and they’ll get the job done... But did you ever consider the untapped wealth of the team you already have?

In this session we’ll explore ways in which the average development team can explore, learn, teach, and grow, until the sum of members of the team is as great as any Consultant or Rockstar.

About Lori Olson:
Six years ago Lori tried Ruby/Rails as an alternative to Java development and "has never looked back!" She has been delivering Rails and Javascript based applications in the oil & gas industry for the last six years, working for companies like Labrador Technologies, CodeGear/Borland, and Intellog.

Lori has a long list of speaking credits. Most recently, she spoke at jQuery Conf Boston 2011, Madison Ruby 2011, Conferencia Rails 2010 in Madrid and RailsConf 2009 in Las Vegas. She has also presented at the CodeRage and COSSFEST conferences, and has presented frequently to the Calgary Ruby User Society, of which she is also a co-founder.

ICT 122

6:00 - 6:30 Snacks
6:30 - 7:30 Presentation