Software engineering for humans at CraftConf

Santiago Garcia Pimentel and Felicitas Zobel explore the human aspects of software engineering at this year’s CraftConf. Here are the bite sized highlights.

This year's CrafConf was located in Budapest, Hungary, and focused on software craftsmanship.That means that the topics covered were less about pure technical information, and instead focused heavily on techniques and processes on how to carry out your job as a software developer better.

Just some of the great ideas at CraftConf

Our experiences

**Felicitas:**I liked the spirit of the conference, with a lot of people that are very passionate about their job and like to share their ideas of being more productive every day. So much of the conference was about methodologies and processes on how to improve and facilitate software programming - I was surprised! Learning about so many different ways of how people are programming and collaborating makes me think about where I can improve my own daily routine or together with my team. It was great having the chance to collect new ideas and positive vibes.

**Santiago:**The conference was a refreshing change when you are used to highly technical talks. Software development is a process in which the interaction between people can be put to the test. It was exciting to see a conference trying to tackle the challenges that arise from the people and the process instead of the requirements we have. I greatly recommend it for any person interested in being a techlead.

Cool stuff about CraftConf 2016 in Budapest

The conference was held in Vasúttörténeti Park a railway museum. The venue was originally used as train depot by the Hungarian State Railways. Therefore the attendees were brought to the conference with the CraftExpress, a traditional steam powered train. The conference itself took place inside the old train depot and in additional spaces set up near the tracks. Throughout the day we were taken care of with loads of food, starting from breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. Also local producers put up their own stalls and provided for example langos, sausages or traditional hungarian pyramid cake (which is delicious and I highly recommend it!).

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