DevJam Coach Dion Stewart to Speak at QCon NYC

Andy McGrath News

Dion Stewart will be giving the talk Meditation for Developers at QCon NYC to be held in the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

The talk will be in Randy Shoup’s track “Optimizing Yourself.”

Here’s the down-low for the talk:

“The session will be a mixture of lecture and two five-minute introductory meditation sessions people could do while sitting in their chairs. I’ll cover what meditation is, how to do it, and why it might be beneficial for developers to adopt a meditation practice. The lecture material will be introduced in the context of my own experience with meditation which started in the 80s while attending residential guitar seminars with Robert Fripp (King Crimson, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, etc.) and continued with receiving Zen meditation instruction and training with Steve Hagen, the main teacher at Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, MN. I’ll also briefly touch on the coaching style of basketball coach Phil Jackson (Bulls, Lakers) and how he used meditation as a tool to create championship teams.”

And Dion’s bio:

“Dion Stewart is an independent software developer and agile coach. He has long held the view that software development is a craft. Prior to starting his career as a professional developer he spent a year in retreat on a residential Guitar Craft seminar. His view of software development as a craft is strongly influenced by the values and principles he learned while studying guitar as a Guitar Craft participant. He has a Masters degree in Software Engineering and undergraduate degrees in Music and English Literature. His work as a professional software developer is also influenced by his study of Zen philosophy and Tai Chi.”