I have been very fortunate to build a decades long career building software for companies big and small. I enjoy sharing the things I have learned as a technologist and also as an advocate for a more empathetic technology industry. I give talks at conferences and also run workshops. This page provides videos, presentations, and useful information from my speaking career.
Agile software development methods continue to be popular ways to build software. Agile principles have expanded to other industries such as car manufacturing and construction. However, while there are many books and courses that teach Agile, the principles have to be experienced to truly understand them. This workshop will provide you with interactive lessons that will ease your transition to your first Agile project and also reinforce core concepts for experienced Agile practitioners.
I attended the Houston PMI conference and your Wednesday Agile Workshop. Would love to have the slides you presented. The information will really help us successfully transition into the Agile world.
- Workshop Participant, Project Manager at Phillips 66
I enjoyed your presentation and hearing about your actual work and scrum and agile in practice.
- Workshop Participant, Project Manager at Shell Oil
...I think the slides were put together very well and I think it will be very helpful for me in my journey to learn Scrum.
- Workshop Participant, Supply Chain Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard
Thanks again for a great workshop yesterday. It was very engaging and helpful.
- Workshop Participant, PMP
- Workshop Participant, Vice President, Barclays
Despite the media attention given to the diversity in tech problem, many technology practitioners don't see how a lack of diversity affects their daily lives. So, it is not surprising that they neither understand the magnitude of the problem nor how they can help fix it. However, the skills needed to debug software are directly applicable to making technology companies more inclusive and diverse.
However, the principles and language of debugging, something technology practitioners understand well, can be used to help them understand diversity and their role in solving the problem. So, technologists already have a set of terms that they can use to tackle diversity. They just need to know how to apply those terms in order to effect positive change. These terms are expected behavior, tracing, refactoring, and sample code.
@anjuan thank you so much. Your #DebuggingDiversity presentation was prepared, professional, and refreshing. #selfconf
One of my favorite speakers was Anjuan Simmons, who gave a talk named “Debugging Diversity”. Like the title suggests, the main point of the talk was to discuss the issues that follow the “white male” stigma that envelops the tech field. Anjuan is an advocate in creating a safe and comfortable environment for everyone in the field. Being a young female in the field, I really connected with what Anjuan was talking about. There have been a few times that I have built a report or program, and when it comes time to discuss I have become overshadowed by my male co-workers. They have explained what I have done and why, without giving me much room to talk about it. I have never given it much thought before, and a big reason behind that is probably because I am very new to the professional workflow. However, after hearing talks like Anjuan’s I have recognized this issue at a very early time in my career and now know to look out for it and to address it.
There are a lot of other great talks, such as Atom keynote or Facebook and Microsoft’s talk on large scale open sourcing. Yet, I’d like to highlight one more talk here – Debugging Diversity given by Anjuan Simmons. In fact, this is not really like a technical talk. Instead, Anjuan focused on the “Diversity” or “Equality” in the community. In my opinion, people who involved in open source projects are somehow more important than the projects themselves. Human is the core, and it is all about how we interact with others. Anjuan did a great job on this topic, and it was this talk that made me feel CodeConf is one level higher than the other conferences I attended in Taiwan. Code and projects are interesting, but sometimes we should pay more attentions on people around the projects. Also, we should give more respect to everyone no matter who they are or what they do. Truly, this talk is awesome!
Diversity and inclusion have become hot topics in technology, but you may not know how you can make a difference. This talk will help you understand that, no matter your background, you have privilege and can lend it to marginalized groups in tech.
I'm often approached after I give talks about diversity and inclusion (D&I) to "provide proof" that D&I initiatives provide business value. Here are a number of links that provide the business case for D&I as well as articles on the state of diversity in tech (as of 2015).
However, I have never had anyone with whom I have shared these links come back and say, "You know, the evidence is overwhelming. I now believe that D&I provides business value to tech companies." So, I can only conclude that people who want proof that D&I is valuable actually won't believe any evidence provided to them. Therefore, while I happily share these resources, the people who ask for them are probably lost causes in the push for D&I in tech.
The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion
@anjuan giving a fantastic talk on privilege and privilege lending at @devopsdaysbos so many insights and so much food for thought
loving @anjuan talking about practical ways to lend privilege: credibility, access, and more. difference between diversity and inclusion
Great session on lending privilege by @anjuan at @devopsdaysbos! Check out his Twitter feed!
@anjuan 👏 great talk on lending privilege at #devopsdaysbos. it’s time we got past talk of diversity and deeper into inclusion and empathy
Great session by @anjuan on lending privilege. It's not just morally right, it helps deliver better software and processes. #DoDBos16
I really enjoyed the next trio of talks. First up was Anjuan Simmons about Lending Privilege. What he meant by this was to work not only toward building up diversity in your organization, but also factoring in inclusion. His talk stressed the importance of what people in the majority populations in tech can do to help minorities, including lending them your credibility, helping them with access to the tooling and levels of trust they have, encouraging them in their roles and sharing of expertise. On a personal note, I’ll emphasize that it’s easier to be a mentor to people who you share a background, race and gender with, which results in minorities struggling to find mentors. We must do better than what is easy and work to mentor people who are different than we are.
- Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
...really changed my understanding of the power of a network
.@anjuan has a great talk on Lending Privilege! I encourage folks to listen. Practical easy to implement strategies to start
Truly extraordinary & eye-opening talk by @anjuan at #CodeConf about lending privilege.
@anjuan that was an amazing talk and thank you for giving people solid examples of lending privilege I would not be here if people didn't
@anjuan just game a stellar Ignite on lending privilege
Lending Privilege by @anjuan at Ignite #OSCON is <3 Using your birth + selected privilege to support others. Can't wait to share this video.
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