Studies have shown that about 30% to 50% of what we do in a day can be called habitual. However, adopting new habits is hard: at least I have always struggled with making things stick. But now I think I’ve found something that works for me.
A few days ago, my piano teacher recommended a book to me: Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible by Alan Rusbridger, formerly editor-in-chief of The Guardian. I devoured it within three days.
From May 22 till May 25, I attended ICSE 2013 — the 35th International Conference on Software Engineering — in San Francisco. Apart from learning about new research and connecting with colleagues, I interviewed local practitioners, hugged the Octocat, and was ON A BOAT. This blog post provides some (non-comprehensive) details for these four days I spent in San Francisco.
On February 11 2013, I defended my PhD thesis with the title “Improving the Adoption of Software Engineering Practices Through Persuasive Interventions”. Thanks a lot to Felienne who live-blogged my defense talk and the questioning by the committee.
Due to German regulations, having defended my thesis merely meant that I was no longer obligated to correct someone else calling me a doctor. However, I was not allowed to call myself that until I had published it — again, adhering to some regulations. Due to the power of self-publishing / print-on-demand (I used lulu.com), I obtained several copies of the book and my certificate only 8 days after the defense.