Martine Devos

Goto Still Considered Harmful is a Fish Bowl Session I organize at Object Technology Two Thousand. One of my reasons to organize this is the recent decision to rename the conference OT (no more objects in the title).

If you did not make up your mind yet to go to Chili Plop, here is another reason: Focus Group Organization Patterns Chili Plop Two Thousand

Euro Plop Two Thousand call for contributions at

Ralph and I are working on the 4th edition of the System Envisioning workshop -- special theme Schemata and cognitive systems.

I am co-organizing a workshop on System Envisioning with Ralph Hodgson at Oopsla this year. Ward Cunningham helped us to set up Wiki Wiki Clones for it. Visit the System Envisioning Wiki at . In the afternoon -- at this workshop -- we invite people interested in patterns and wiki-visitors to participate in an experimental Concept Cafe where we use lateral thinking and metaphors to Mind Map and surface assumptions on patterns, reflect on patterns in different paradigms... Please contact me if you want to participate in either the full workshop or the Concept Cafe.

The wiki clone does not respond anymore (quite long ago, I assume). Is there a way to get the materials of the System Envisioning wiki/workshop? -- Om Candea

Proud to announce the start of a Belgian Patterns Group in Brussels. Euro Plop Info and Impressions Of Euro Plop are hosted at the argo-website.

I am working as Director of the IS-departement of Argo, Network of 721 schools of the Flemish Government.

We developed a framework for modelling the business logic for a wide variety of organizations and application domains (demo presented ECOOP 97, Oopsla96 and 97). Documentation is available at

I am interested in design patterns, but my special interest goes to Org Patterns - in a wider context than IS-departments. I am working and experimenting with creativity techniques, workshops and games in combination with a house-built flexible software-system, our Framework for Adaptive Design.

I consider it my primary task to help users at Argo imagine a future organization (and IT-system) supporting them in their task 'to make a difference' for their customers.

I have always worked in Face To Face Projects, where the user has a face and personal preferences, hopes and fears. I consider the human aspects in this kind of projects more difficult than technological problems. Misunderstanding and fear of change and the unknown can make or break a project. Many of the problems to be solved are Wicked Problems and many of our projects are Sensitive Projects.

Many of these Sensitive Projects are similar to projects in other disciplines. Often core of the problem may be a limited perspective, misunderstanding, emotions, micromanagement, lack of delegation and trust. I am writing patterns Managing Wicked Projects, and I can use help in collecting examples of wicked problems, post mortems, ...

I chaired a panel on the more human aspects of our profession -- both among teams and in interaction with users -- at Ecoop98 this year.

If you are looking for information on Flemish schools our homepage is worth a visit at . Shortly we'll use a Argo Wiki Wiki as a discussion-forum. It written using Visual Wave.

Moved from EuroPlop

1998: It was my first Plop, but it will not be the last. I was "briefed" that I would not enjoy since I had not written patterns. Well I did enjoy and I learned a lot, and not only about patterns. It's a way of working together, of sharing. I attended the More Interesting Patterns Group but was told that the other groups were at least as interesting. I enjoyed the way of interacting, the company, the open discussion and last but not least the games (see New Games Foundation Books) lead by Master George Platts. Enjoyed the update by Jim Coplien on the Nature Of Order.

It was fun to learn, at the start of EuroPlop, how a workshop is run by reading Jim Coplien's A Pattern Language for Writers Workshops (see Writers Workshop Pattern Language Overview) Back home I found a lot of help practicing project risk reduction patterns from the Risk Management Catalog by Alistair Cockburn.

And I studied APatternLanguageForPatternWriting by Gerard Mezaros. Matter of being prepared in time.

The setting is great, so was the organization (by Frank Buschmann and Dirk Riehle), the food, the beer and the company. And I know some enjoyed Gang of Four TrivialPursuit and are training for next year (or Plop).

This is your reminder to elaborate the Input Output Management pattern (as you requested in Polarizing Question).

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