Kent Beck

Entry 497 for Monday August 23, 2021

The core questions:

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.

  1. What did you do today? Morning session with #TC2007B (afternoon similar) talking about the Kent Beck video on “3x Explore, Expand, Extract” that I asked them to watch (and extra videos as well); student meetings with two #TC1028 students (Héctor and Francisco); therapy session with Valeria.
  2. What did you enjoy? I really liked sharing my passion about software engineering methodology with both of my groups today. I often circle back to the teachings of Kent Beck who has been a major influence on my work as a software developer AND a teacher over the 20+ years that I have known him. Kent visited our campus many years ago to present at a student run conference and has visited my classroom virtually many times. I am indebted to his contributions to my students’ learning.
  3. What did you find difficult? Leaning on video content can be good and I like to use this while pausing/commenting/discussing but one needs to be careful with overuse of this. I only showed 10-12 minute segments of the two longer videos after they had viewed the full 3x video as a take-home assignment.
  4. What has changed? I am starting to see results encouraging my students to use office hours.

Featured Image Credit

I picture of Kent Beck in 2018 giving a presentation, tight shot chest-up with a slight in the background with "TCR" visible.
“Cookpad Sessions – Kent Beck” flickr photo by adamdbutler shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Today’s Reading/Listening

I spent a lot time reviewing some more video and written content by Kent as well as researching resources to share with my students on the topics.

Video Release



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