The lost art of simplicity

Josh Holmes (26.Feb.2010 at 09:30)
Keynote at PHP UK Conference 2010 (English - US)

Rating: 4 of 5

The lost art of simplicity

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Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:11 by Ivo Jansch (72 comments)

Definitely keynote material. Very inspiring.

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:15 by Richard George (10 comments)

We'd be doing better as an industry if more people took this onboard. Possibly missing the need to simplify the user's supposed requirements. Good use of slides to support rather than repeat.

Rating: 1 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:16 by Demian (7 comments)

Ugh ..

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:22 by Dom Udall (6 comments)

Need to check out this XYZ Technology, getting a lot of mentions.

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:33 by Peter Bowyer (8 comments)

Lovely slides with great drawings and quotes; not a single bullet point in sight.
Josh is funny, entertaining and charismatic. Would listen to him again.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:36 by Peter Bowyer (8 comments)

That should have been a 4 - no way to edit my review = UI fail? Listen to Josh Holmes ;-)

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:46 by Henrik Bjørnskov (6 comments)

Interesting indeed.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 10:58 by Morten Rugaard (4 comments)

Awesome talk!

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:03 by Elliot Code (2 comments)

Type comment...

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:13 by Marc Gear (26 comments)

Well presented, superb delivery, loved the illustrations on the slides, but the quotes were a distraction. Great storyteller and some good stories. Probably a little too long. Content was spot on, but nothing most people wouldn't have heard before. Keynote was a good spot for this talk.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:29 by Rowan Merewood (130 comments)

Enthusiastic and engaging guy. Entry level stuff, but good for a keynote.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:38 by David Goodwin (69 comments)

Good stuff.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:41 by Felix De Vliegher (41 comments)

Good to be reminded of the use of simplicity in project, it was an inspiring talk. Not too heavy and well brought.

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:45 by Rob Allen (109 comments)

Excellent keynote by an engaging speaker. Quotes on the slides were a little wordy though.

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:46 by Ian Barber (91 comments)

Great talk for a keynote, interesting content, engaging delivery, and a good way to start the conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 11:59 by Dave Ingram (18 comments)

Good talk on an important issue from an excellent speaker. Great way to stay the conference!

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 12:09 by Alex Parish (2 comments)

Great speaker

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 12:36 by Lorna Mitchell (74 comments)

Great speaker, beautiful slides, and a timely reminder message for us all

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 13:50 by Jo Dainton (2 comments)

Very charismatic speaker

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 14:11 by Stefan Koopmanschap (392 comments)

great talk! it was very hard to match arals keynote of last year but this was an eye opener! well done!

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 14:26 by Tom Claus (7 comments)

Great presentations, this wakes up everyone on a sleepy morning.

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 14:57 by Martin Ledgard (6 comments)

Nicely presented, light slides and memorable.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 15:44 by Jeremy Coates (73 comments)

Enjoyable + engaging, though not really 'new'. Generally good fresh reminder of KISS. Nice start to the day.

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 16:14 by Joel Klaverkamp (1 comments)

In my experience, NIH does not usually make things more simple. just lots of mini-systems for everyone to learn. For very new system brought into the mix, consider the cost of the learning curve.

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 16:47 by Barney Hanlon (9 comments)

Good keynote catching an important aspect we sometimes overlook in our pursuit of end goals. Poor slides compensated for by a great presentation.

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 19:38 by Paul Serby (24 comments)

A good talk, well presented. But slightly too long. Good marketing by our headline sponser Microsoft.

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 20:11 by Andy Thompson (8 comments)

A bit long talk for saying what could be said in short time, but then again maybe some people need it drilled into their heads?

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2010 at 22:34 by Peter Halasz (27 comments)

Really good and inspiring talk about what we always forget.

Rating: 4 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 12:14 by John Billings (8 comments)

I liked this.

@PabloSerbo i'm not sure where you spotted marketing by Microsoft in this talk - I was relieved that it wasn't anything to do with Microsoft, not that I have anything against them.

We can all learn the lessons of NIH Syndrome - good keynote, right spot for the talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 12:40 by andrea m (5 comments)

Just a tad too long, brilliant overall.

Rating: 3 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 14:04 by Richard Harrison (6 comments)

It felt like a random collection of stories and points that lacked structure and flow. Was it a talk about usability, design, engineering, software or philosophy? It was all of those things, which I think was the problem.

Good ideas, good speaker, not a good talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 14:12 by Ben Waine (57 comments)

Motivational, it certainly woke me up and got set the tone for the rest of the conference.

Rating: 4 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 14:31 by Caroline Maynard (1 comments)

Surprised that I did not hear Josh use the words "lean" or "agile" thoughout his talk, when many of the ideas he presented were expressions of lean or agile practices.

Rating: 5 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 19:40 by Antonis Pavlakis (108 comments)

And that's what it's all about!
Great keynote!

Cool images on the slides - text wasn't needed IMHO

Rating: 5 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 22:23 by Daniel André Eikeland (9 comments)

Inspiring keynote, but the slides didn't really match up with the speaker. IMO too much text on each slide, and it was sometimes hard to get the connection between the slides and the content which was being talked about.

Content of the talk itself though was excellent - definately something more developers should think about. To sum it up I'd prefer it if the speaker had fewer slides with less text, or connected the talk more with the slides.

Rating: 5 of 5

27.Feb.2010 at 23:49 by Liam Wiltshire (5 comments)

Great keynote talk! Really set the tone for me for the rest of the day! Perfectly done, the amount of text on the slides wasn't a problem for me, gave me loads to think about, and well put across!

Rating: 5 of 5

28.Feb.2010 at 17:52 by Russell Flynn (23 comments)

Entertaining - a keynote needs to wake up the delegates ready to take on the day and Josh achieved this. The content was not overly specific or technical - and some parts were tough to agree on (write code that works now instead of code that could also be useful later is hard to swallow for OSS fans) but gave food for thought all the same.

Rating: 4 of 5

01.Mar.2010 at 11:07 by Pim Campers (4 comments)

Great presentation gave me something to think about.

Rating: 4 of 5

01.Mar.2010 at 11:44 by Gabriel Baker (14 comments)

Thought this was a great talk, very inspiring, gave me a lot to think about.

Rating: 5 of 5

01.Mar.2010 at 13:54 by Alex Luneburg (84 comments)

This was a great talk for the keynote, just right for getting everyone's brains to wake up and settle into the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. I agree with a lot of the points that he had to make, others required a bit more consideration.

Also loved the illustrations on his slides, though some were a little text heavy.

Rating: 4 of 5

01.Mar.2010 at 14:36 by Andrew Collington (22 comments)

I enjoyed the keynote speech. Some people seem to think it was a little longer, and in one respect I agree with them because it shouldn't be that hard to tell people to simplify things. However, I found Josh a really engaging speaker so the length of the speech really just blended in to the background. Would be happy to hear more from him.

Rating: 5 of 5

01.Mar.2010 at 17:59 by Nikolas Branis (9 comments)

I enjoyed Josh's talk. Couldn't agree more!!!

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2010 at 00:02 by James Dempster (11 comments)

Best talk I've attended.

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