Where did all the fun go?

Elevator Pitch

After three days at a metal festival, I realized something sad. In the software world, we don’t have fun at work anymore. I am not talking about the HR-inspired fun; I am talking about the joy that comes from the inside. I want to change that and challenge you to bring back our fun.

(not so ) Abstract

My career in IT started as a servant to programmers: fixing a line or two in the code, and now I am a director in a vast international privacy company. If I look back, it was different. Oh gosh, we had so much fun in the past.

Do you remember the chair rowing? Do you remember how amazed we were to crash a keyboard or two on each other backs? Do you remember us singing songs about Java while writing fake protocols?

What happened to us?

I don't know when it happened, but it seems that at some point recently, most of the world decided that IT is an elite profession that needs to produce only value no matter what.

This is a great tragedy, and it must be rectified. Why do we have feelings, emotions, and personalities if we no longer have fun?

In this talk, I will take you on a retrospective journey through the years to what went wrong and how we fix it together. It's more like an art provocation than talk, so please keep your mind open to learn something new.

I will cover the epoch of the world before Agile to the era of the Artificial Immigrant (AI), who is here to take your jobs away.

Ideally, the talk comes with a lot of metal music, if the organizers are so good to allow that. I am not representing my current company but myself in this mission.

Bogomil Shopov

I am a Software Delivery Chef. Ambassador of Fun!

Prague, Czechia

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