Perfection & Feedback Loops or: why worse is better

  • Fri, August 26, 9:30am – 10:00am
  • First Name: Marcus
  • Last Name: Denker
  • Type: Talk


Did you ever wonder why in-complete, bad solutions are successful while that "perfect" project (which will be finsihed very soon now!) never had any impact?

In this talk I will discuss the power and properties of feedback loops and how they relate to growth and success of software projects.

In a way this talk can be seen Part II (or an iteration?) of the "Nomads do not build Cathedrals” talk held at ESUG 2014.


Marcus Denker is a permanent researcher (CR1, with tenure) at INRIA Lille - Nord Europe and co-founder of 2Denker GmbH. Before, he was a postdoc at the PLEIAD lab/DCC University of Chile and the Software Composition Group, University of Bern. His research focuses on reflection and meta-programming for dynamic languages. He is an active participant in the Squeak and Pharo open source communities for many years. Marcus Denker received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bern/Switzerland in 2008 and a Dipl.-Inform. (MSc) from the University of Karlsruhe/Germany in 2004. He is a member of ACM, GI and a board-member of ESUG.