The day is finally here. It is time for SwanseaCon, the agile development and software crafting conferencem. It should be quite the event, especially since I am one of the speakers.

Last night I attended the pre-SwanseaCon meetup. An evening full of eating, drinking and 4 wonderful lightning talks. I have already written up my notes from the lightning talks in the form of sketch-notes:

The future of sentient buildings with Fantom programming – Steve Eynon

We were introduced to Fantom programming by Steve Eynon in this opening lightning talk. This is the programming language used to develop Sky Spark by Sky Foundry.

We were shown how Fantom was used to develop automated systems that started out developing automation in buildings. This then led on to introducing building analytics.

With the way things are growing, it is becoming apparent that Artificial Intelligent will need to be considered for future development.

How evil is event sourcing? – by Jordon Collier

I’ve not really heard much about Event Sourcing, so this talk by Jordon Collier was definitely an enlightening one.

In his talk, he explained what event sourcing is, why it is used, and the pro’s and cons.

The question he was addressing, ‘Is it Evil?’ was given a very simple answer of ‘yes’. However, he did go on to say when it could be useful.

The mobile phone is dead! What does this mean for us? – by Leigh Rathbone

What is the problem with the mobile phone? It has been years since we have seen any significant innovation. In fact, even the latest iPhone cannot be defined as cutting edge technology.

Most future ideas about how technology could be used to improve our way of life rarely includes mobile phones. There is usually a stronger focus about usability and personalisation. This shows how we need to actually involve customers and get feedback so that this technology can be developed right.


Yes, I did say there were 4 lightning talks. No, you have not miscounted, I’ve only included 3 lightning talks on the page of sketch-notes.

The 4th talk was delivered by myself, where I compared the process of making a quilt to the testing pyramid. This was an extension of a 99 second talk I originally gave at a #MidsTest meet-up. I later wrote this into a blog post, A Stitch in Time Saves Critical Defects.

I feel this idea is better demonstrated as a longer lightning talk, especially when I have a block from a quilt I’m making to use in the demonstration.