GOTO Berlin is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 60 top speaker and 400 attendees. The conference cover topics such as Java, Open Source, Agile, Architecture, Design, Web, Cloud, New Languages and Processes.

Alistair Cockburn, one of the "All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes"

Alistair Cockburn

Biography: Alistair Cockburn

Dr. Alistair Cockburn, one of the original creators of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was voted one of the "The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes" in 2007, for his pioneering work in use cases and agile software development. An internationally renowned IT strategist and author of the Jolt award-winning books "Agile Software Development" and "Writing Effective Use Cases", he is an expert on agile development, use cases, process design, project management, and object-oriented design. In 2001 he co-authored the Agile Manifesto, in 2003 he created the Agile Development Conference, in 2005 he co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network, in 2010 he co-founded the International Consortium for Agile. Many of his articles, talks, poems and blog are online at

Twitter: @TotherAlistair

Presentation: KEYNOTE: Disciplined Learning: Beyond Risk Reduction

Time: Thursday 09:00 - 09:50 / Location: Estrelsaal A

Not your parents' risk reduction. Not fail-fast. Not agile as normal. Not easy. What is it? It's what the best companies and the best teams are doing these days, and it's exciting. Gone are the simple, olden days of building a backlog and working through highest-business-value-first down through the list. Now are the days of amplifying your guesses about the future and tuning your work for maximum success and maximum reliability. The new mantra is Learn early, Learn often. Oh, and did I say? It's not easy. Just effective.

Presentation: What They Said vs What They Did: Incremental & Collaborative since 1960s

Track: Back to the Future / Time: Thursday 11:30 - 12:20 / Location: Estrelsaal A

Start with the 1968 NATO conference on Software Engineering: What did they recommend, versus what did they practice? Fast forward to 1992: What did they recommend, versus what did they practice? Jump to 2013: What are people saying they are doing, versus what are they doing? It's incremental and collaborative, and a big difference between what they say and what they do, all the way down (until you reach the turtles). Not, perhaps, back to future, but more, the future is always with us.

Presentation: Answering Questions with Stories

Track: Agile: In reality / Time: Thursday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Paris

Stories answer questions in a wonderful, sometimes roundabout way that permits the inclusion of contextual details left out of straightforward answers. And they are much more fun to listen to.

In this Q&A session, Alistair will solicit questions from the audience and answer them in the somewhat unusual form by telling stories from the hundreds of projects and companies he has seen. Show up with a question or three on any topics you care about, and watch to see what stories will show up to shed light on them. (Caveat: there will be many more questions asked than can be answered in this session, so not all questions will be chosen.)