[gang-of-4-patterns] Call for Insights!
risingl1 at cox.net
Tue Apr 20 11:01:00 CDT 2010
To all patterns fans,
IEEE Software magazine has decided to experiment with a new article
series called "Insights." The "official call"
is now "out" in the latest May/June issue. I'm hoping that this
community will be contributors to this new
series by: submitting articles and volunteering for shepherding -- what
you do best :-)! If you don't have the
issue of IEEE Software, here's a short list to get you started, but
please feel free to ask questions :-)!
If you are a potential author of an insight article, here’s an outline
of what we would like to see:
- A good story or a few related stories. Tell us enough so that we can
truly understand what you faced. The stories should be readable and
enjoyable. I know you don’t have a lot of time, so I am offering
shepherding. Send us your idea and I will find someone to work with you
to improve the presentation. You don't need to be a good writer, but
good enough to communicate ideas clearly. Shepherding has been a part of
the patterns community since its inception and has worked well to
encourage those who might not otherwise submit a paper. This is “pair
writing” and since I’m a believer in pairing, I know that this is a good
way to work.
- The writing style could be more casual than the feature articles, that
is, scholarly language not required.
- Tell us what you learned. What were those insights. We want to hear
the things that worked well and what were the things that didn’t work
well. In considering the latter, what would you like to try as an
experiment in the future? We know no one has all the answers. These
should be actionable, concrete, usable insights that our readers can
consider trying on Monday morning. Include sufficient discussion to set
context for our readers.
- There are always unknowns. What still puzzles you about the experience?
- In the spirit of Norm Kerth's Prime Directive: Regardless of what we
learned we truly believe that everyone was doing the best job s/he could
given what was known at the time, a sense of humility and lack of
blaming is important.
- We are looking for about 2600 words, including counting an extra 200
words for any tables and figures. This will keep us at a maximum of four
pages in the magazine.
The title of the series, “Insights,” suggests, I hope, that we are not
only looking for project experience—war stories—but also life
experience. I would like to encourage experts to reflect on their life
experiences and share insights with our readers. I also hope that the
call for insight should depend upon familiarity with what others have
done, not just "well, here's what we did and we think it was pretty good."
Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you!!
Co-Author of Fearless Change: patterns for introducing new ideas
Check out my web site:
More information about the gang-of-4-patterns