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50 minutes

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Jabe Bloom


About this Discussion

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
But there's nothing in it
And you'll ask yourself
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
-The Pixies

A few years back, Lean Agile Scotland began having an evening conversation session, an opportunity to see speakers discussing and debating their ideas in dialogue with other speakers and guests. In the past, Jabe Bloom has been the moderator of these discussions - but this year, we are flipping the script. Aino Vonge Corry, Metadeveloper founder, will lead a discussion with Jabe Bloom to ask: "What matters in software development?".

Traditionally, software development is thought of as intangible, conceptual and practically immaterial ("serverless", anyone?). As a design researcher, Jabe is interested in bringing the conceptual tools of design to the practices and management of software development, and with those concepts comes materiality.

Aino and Jabe will start their conversation by discussing the debt metaphor and other more embodied metaphors, like code smells, to open Jabe's view of software development as a form of ecological cognition. Code extends, embodies and embeds our minds, outside of our skulls and, as a result, changes the temporal relations between our present and future conceptions of what the software is and should be, and the materialised past versions of those same ideas of what we thought we were creating.

From the ecological cognition viewpoint, the entanglement between minds, code and data points towards new ways of understanding the experience that metaphors like technical debt refer to. This invites us to reimagine software as a sociotechnical system that emerges via the co-evolution of social (cognitive) and technical (material) interplay; a system in constant, material transition.

Don’t just come to find out what's in the mind of Jabe Bloom…more importantly, maybe we’ll figure out together where our mind is?

About the Speaker

Jabe Bloom has over 20 years of experience as an executive leader of software and product development companies. He has focused on connecting design with software engineering and operational excellence, serving in executive roles including as a chief architect, principal technical director, chief technical officer and chief executive officer. He is currently co-founder and Chief SocioTechnical Officer at PraxisFlow.

As an academic, international consultant and keynote speaker, Jabe teaches design, strategy, innovation and flow thinking through a series of lectures, workshops, classes and coaching. He addresses such topics as lean systems, lean UX, complexity theory, strategy deployment, management as design, temporally informed design and design thinking.

He is currently pursuing a PhD in design studies at Carnegie Mellon University (PA). His research focuses on understanding how temporality can better inform transition design and informs an ongoing exploration of the practice of design and strategy with a select group of international clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography and philosophy from Bard College (NY).


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