While It’s Compiling: Skills Matter Interviews Arti Mathanda

CukeUp!

CukeUp! 2015, the conference all about BDD, is coming to London next month on the 26th and 27th March! There’ll be talks and workshops by Behaviour Driven Development experts and the inspiring Rachel Davies and Dan North will be our keynote speakers. In preparation for this fantastic event, we’ve picked the brains of Arti Mathanda, the event’s programme lead, to find out more. Check out the full programme here.


Arti, you were invited to join the CukeUp! 2015 organising team by Matt Wynne, lead developer at Cucumber Pro. Can you tell us how this came about and what points of difference you hope to add to this year’s programme?

I’ve known Matt for several years now. Last year we caught up again at Sandi Metz’s course and we started to talk about how one of the CukeUps that I had attended was very code focussed and he asked if I would help out with this years conference. I said yes! I was hoping to help make CukeUp more business focussed and also to help increase visibility for minority speakers.

What topics will you be exploring in the workshop you’re delivering at the conference this year?

My colleague Adam and I will be talking about how we use Hypotheses and Measures and how to use them to prioritise your work.

What initially attracted you to working with BDD?

It just seems like the right thing to do. BDD done right helps you figure out why you’re doing the work you’re doing and if it actually makes sense to spend time and resources doing it.

What questions would you most like to ask the community about at CukeUp!?

What are some of the topics you’d like to hear about at the next CukeUp? What are your favourite talks/workshops from this year. Most importantly – did you have fun!

What themes are you most looking interested in hearing about at the conference?

I want to hear about product owners and business stakeholders using BDD – rather than just the tech teams.

As is often the case at tech events, less than half the speakers at CukeUp! are female. What do you think holds women back on the tech scene? Is this changing?

There’s a multitude of reasons why women hold back on the tech scene. One of them is as innocuous as people organising conferences tend to ask people they know to speak at them – and since tech is typically a white male dominated industry, that usually leads to mostly white men being asked to speak. We made a concerted effort to reach out to the women we knew in the industry, whose work we admired. We have a pretty good number of women speaking at this year’s CukeUp including the keynote speakers on Day 1. There’s still work to be done, but we’re heading in the right direction. We also made sure there was a good Code of Conduct and resources for people who were scared of public speaking.

Read more about CukeUp! 2015 and see the full line-up here


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