Last week our developers Jan-Simon Wurst, Tobias Pflug, Alexander Schmidt, Robert Jacob, Robert Mißbach and Roberto Bez went to the SoCraTes Conference on Tenerife. Of course that is kind of an unusual place for a conference, but exactly that makes the difference. Beeng somewhere isolated, like in a lonely hotel near the beach, gave us a very relaxed and comfortable feeling while talking with other great people about software craftmenship and a lot of other interesting topics.
The Venue: Tenerife
After a very windy landing on Tenerife, we went to our venue, the lovely Hotel Aguamarina Golf, located not to far away from the airport. It gave us enough space for all the sessions we needed, as for example next to the pool or on the terrace.
What is the craftsmanship conference about?
SoCraTes Canaries in fact is a Craftmanship retreat for open-minded craftspeople who strive to improve their craft and the software industry as a whole, organised by the local Software Cratfsmanship comunity in the Canary Island.
It is a totally community-focused Open Space, without a predefined agenda and without any speakers known before the event starts. Proposals were presented during the event itself in the morning:
After the proposals were presented, we had five different locations (like classic rooms with projectors, but also near the pool or on the terrace, while enjoying a great view of the atlantic sea).
Talks & Discussions
Just to name some topics we discussed:
Jan-Simon Wurst proposed a discussion about Git Flow vs. trunk based development, trying to find out how other developer teams work and which might be the better solution. But as always – there is no perfect way, but a lot of right ones!
Robert Jacob showed us HolidayChecks continuous deployment pipeline with Mesos and Docker, facing a lot of interesting questions about that hyping topic.
Tobias Pflug let us had a deeper insight into his vim-skills, presenting some of his favorite plugins. Very cool stuff!
Roberto Bez initiated a discussion about distributed teams by sharing his experience about that and with a lot of interest in how other companies are currently facing with not co-located teams. For some it might work, for others it does not – but one outcome was clear: It is not always easy!
With two days full of interesting discussions, in the evening there was the time to enjoy a beer together as well.
To sum up, we went back home with a lot of new motivation, which we can hopefully use to become better craftsmen in our daily work!
A special thanks to Carlos Blé and all the other organizers for the great conference. We are already looking forward to visit you again in 2016!