Conference Presentation Idea …

Secrets of Enterprise Development
What can we learn about Project Scheduling from Mr. Scott? Security from Mr. Worf? Architecture from Data, Engineering from Geordi, Analysis from Spock, and Leadership from Kirk? Borrowing from human psycology and using Star Trek as a backdrop, Matt Heusser will cover the mythology of software development, and what happens when you involve real people, with all the faults and foibles they actually have.

No, seriously, this might make a decent talk. Gene Rodenberry, the creator of Star Trek, often admitted that the show was half social commentary. The other shows at the time, like GunSmoke and Bonanza, were historical. In those other shows, you couldn’t show a female as a cowboy or an asian as a business owner – nor could you show the dark side of racism. But in Star Trek, to show racism, you could make the other race an alien, or use a racially diverse cast to show how essentially human and similar we all are when compared to the pandorian wampus-beast.

Also, I think the term “Enterprise Development” is vaguely lame. It usually means “Software Development in a big, dumb, slow company that is producing software a cost center, not an investment or profit center.” So, in the talk, I could address some of the weaknesses of “enterprisy” development with humor, which is about the only way to do it.

The big problem is that this isn’t a conference talk – it’s a lightning talk. It’s five minutes of real material, and then some serious fluffage. So I need real examples from Trek beyond Scotty and the Kobayashi Maru.

So, I have a few, but I don’t want to spoil them. What are your ideas?

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