GOTO Amsterdam (June 13-15, 2016) is a vendor independent international software development conference with more than 60 top speakers and 800 attendees. The conference covers topics such as Microservices, Rugged, JavaScript, Post-Agile, Data, Spring++, Connected Worlds & Philosophy.

Marjan Venema, Student at Heart, Improver by Nature, Developer by Trade

Marjan Venema

Biography: Marjan Venema

Marjan started in software way back when, when Cobol was still hip. Bucking the pressure to specialize and keenly interested in many subjects besides software development - psychology, cognition and behavior modification amongst them - she is able to draw parallels between seemingly unrelated fields and translate these into actionable insights and tips.

Twitter: @cabriodriver

Presentation: Business: It's all about the People

Track: Lightning Talks / Time: Tuesday 13:20 - 14:10 / Location: Beursfoyer

Trust( )in(g) Teams / 13:20 - 13:35

Prerequisite attendee experience level: beginner

Ever worked in a team where people seemed to play ball, but you could feel undercurrents pointing in the opposite direction? Lack of trust between team members or between the team and “the outside” is corrosive to motivation and detrimental to team-moral and productivity.
Learn to recognize the symptoms of trust issues and get a handle on how to start addressing them. Even if you are “just a grunt”.

by Marjan Venema

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Changing the Face of a Business: An Experience Report / 13:40 - 13:55

Prerequisite attendee experience level: beginner

In the consulting world, people are our business. ThoughtWorks has been in the consulting business for over twenty years and has had a breadth of experiences in all types of software consulting. However, in the not so distant past, we realized that the people who make us the business didn’t always match our growth initiatives or reflect our core principles. As a company, we are constantly working to be better so globally we’ve done many different things to try and get closer to our goals. This lightning talk will be about some of the things we’ve done and continue to improve in order to change the face of ThoughtWorks (and IT).

by Molly Dishmann

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Perform like an Olympian / 14:00 - 14:15

Prerequisite attendee experience level: beginner

What can software professionals learn from Dutch Elite Swimmers? Certainly not how to produce software, but definitely how to perform.
Since you already know a lot about software development, you might suffer from diminishing returns on your investment. In that case swimmers would have adjusted the stimulus. This talk will demonstrate how everyone can adjust the stimulus and prevent plateauing.

by Rick Beerendonk