!done - Hacking IRC Bots for Distributed Teams

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B202/203

Excerpt

When our company was acquired we needed a way to see everything that was done each day all in one place. Teams were using different methods to do this: standups, written reports, emails and meetings. Nothing stuck.

Done reports introduces a simple IRC command: !done. Team members say !done and what they just did. These !dones are put into a daily report. !done becomes a part of everyday at work, not a strained task that’s easily forgotten.

Description

When our company was acquired we needed a way to keep our team and remote teams updated on what we was done. Some members were often travelling or in different time zones. We needed a way to see everything that was done each day all in one place, especially as the teams worked on more complex projects. Everyone was using different methods to do this: standups, written reports, emails and meetings. Nothing stuck.

“!done reports” introduce a simple IRC command: !done. Team members say !done and what they just did. These !dones are put into a daily report. !done becomes a part of everyday at work, not a strained task that’s easily forgotten.

Many development teams already use IRC, Skype and other systems to communicate. !done is an addition to existing systems, is open source and easily modified. It is built off of ZenIRC bot and bundled into Loqi, the friendly IRC bot lurking in the #pdxtech channel on freenode. This presentation will show you how a simple bot solved a lot of problems for a lot of distributed people.

Speaking experience

Keynote SXSW '12, TED '10, Keynote Interaction '11, Keynote Oredev Sweden, Keynote The Conference Sweden '11, OSBridge speaker 2010 with Aaron Parecki, also 2012. http://caseorganic.com/speeches/

Speakers

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    Amber Case

    Esri.com

    Biography

    Amber Case is the Director of Esri R&D Center, Portland, where she works on location-based technology. Case co-founded of Geoloqi, Inc., a location-based developer platform acquired by Esri in Oct 2012. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, non-visual augmented reality, the future of location, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. In 2012 she was named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers and made Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30 with Geoloqi co-founder Aaron Parecki. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She is @caseorganic on Twitter.

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    Aaron Parecki

    IndieWeb

    Biography

    Aaron Parecki is the co-founder of IndieWebCamp, a yearly conference on data ownership and online identity. He is the editor of the W3C Webmention and Micropub specifications, and maintains oauth.net. He has spoken at conferences around the world about owning your data, OAuth, quantified self, and even explained why R is a vowel.

    Aaron has tracked his location at 5 second intervals since 2008, and is the co-founder and former CTO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. His work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company and more. He made Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for his work on Geoloqi.

    You can learn more about Aaron at aaronparecki.com, and you can follow him on twitter at @aaronpk

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