DDD Europe 2024 - Program

Thinking About Thinking - Dogma, What are we to do?

Main Conference - Hands-on Lab


Woody Zuill and Kevin Meadows

Woody ZuillKevin Meadows
Thursday 30 from 11:00 until 13:00

(This is a hands-on lab with limited capacity)

The term metacognition literally means 'above cognition', and is used to indicate cognition about cognition, or more informally, thinking about thinking.

In this session, the thinking about thinking we'd like to do is about dogma, which can be defined as a fixed belief or set of beliefs that people are expected to accept without any doubts.

We see this in almost every organization we deal with. This can be stated as the "status quo", or the existing state of affairs, and we've often heard it is as "we do it this way because this is the way we do it."

This is an exploratory and interactive session where you can participate by contributing your ideas or asking questions for us to explore as a group. We will facilitate the session using a few exercises where we gather our ideas and thoughts and discuss and analyze them both in small groups and with the whole group.

We'll explore situations where each of us has experienced dogma, and hopefully find some useful suggestions or experiments to try dealing with Dogma.


Bring your examples of where you have experienced dogma in your organization.

About Woody Zuill

Woody Zuill is an independent Agile Guide and Coach and has been programming computers for 40+ years. He is a pioneer of the Software Teaming /Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development, and co-author of the book "Software Teaming, A Mob Programming, Whole Team Approach".

His passion is to work with teams to create an environment where each one of us can excel in our work and in our life. He loves working with legacy code, and believes that code must be kept simple, clean, and easy to work on so we can work just as fast tomorrow as we can today.

About Kevin Meadows

Kevin Meadows is an Agile Guide who has worked in the software field for over 30 years in environments ranging from scientific research to small startups to large enterprise outfits. Kevin specializes in Software Teaming (Mob Programming) and numerical analysis. He is co-author of the book "Software Teaming: A Mob Programming, Whole Team Approach."