We are very excited to announce our 2015 keynote speaker, Paul M. Jones!
One definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results." In his talk, How to Train Your Manager, Paul will discuss how organizations keep treating developers poorly, especially by demanding overtime, and why it is crazy for developers to expect their organizations to change. Paul will show how you can change the way your organization treats you, to your own benefit and (hopefully) the benefit of the organization.
Paul M. Jones is an internationally recognized PHP expert, working in that language since 1999, and programming in general since 1983. He has held roles from junior developer to VP of Engineering in all kinds of organizations (corporate, military, non-profit, educational, medical, and others). He is a regular speaker at technical conferences worldwide.
As the author of Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP, Paul takes a special interest in high-quality, high-maintainability coding practices. His latest open-source project, Aura for PHP, reflects this interest.
Among his other open-source work, Paul was the architect of of the Solar Framework and the creator of the Savant template system. He has authored a series of authoritative benchmarks on dynamic framework performance. He was a founding contributor to the Zend Framework (the DB, DB_Table, and View components).
Paul is a voting member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group, and was the driving force behind the PSR-1 Coding Standard, PSR-2 Style Guide, and PSR-4 Autoloader recommendations. He was one of the first elected members of the PEAR Project. He was also a member of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification education advisory board, and wrote some of the questions on that test.
In a previous career, Paul was an operations intelligence specialist for the US Air Force, and enjoys putting .308 holes in targets at 400 yards.