Jakob Holderbaum – Speaker interview

Jakob Holderbaum works as a Consultant and Developer at ThoughtWorks to help companies on their way to a more agile and user focused way of developing software and/or hardware. He enjoys being a mentor to others and loves to learn through intensive collaboration.

Things you hear he saying or doing very often:

  • Test Automation
  • Pair Programming
  • Test Early Approaches like TDD

“Every achievement in my life was supported and enabled by great mentors and teachers that supported me whenever it mattered most. I think it is every ones responsibility to give away the knowledge that was shared in order to enable others on their own way.” – Jakob Holderbaum


Talk: Managing Team Secrets Effectively


Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

Hi, I am Jakob from Cologne, Germany. Professionally, I am super excited about everything around Continuous Delivery, User Centered Design, IoT and Security. In private, I love hiking, travelling in general and I do have an addiction for great food.


Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2017? 

Security, especially applied security on a day-to-day basis, is one of my pet projects that pop up again and again. In a century that is dominated by data leaks and cyber attacks, I think it is imperative to share applicable knowledge around that area.


Q. Who should attend your session? 

I would say it is mainly focused on developers and BA/QA-ish roles. But fear not, beside rudimentary programming skills in JavaScript, noting more than basic knowledge about how to navigate a shell is needed. The talk comes battery-included, so to speak.


Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

Even though security is a huge topic, it is actually quite easy to start with a few basic steps to make great mileage. As developers it is our duty to care and maintain the privacy of our users — and I will share some tools that I used often and with great success.


Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2017, what is the year review look like for you?

Personally, it was a good year. I was part of a super interesting project — a huge personal challenge — and met many new people. I also got married, which can be considered the highlight of 2017 for me.


Q. What are your plans for the next year?

Several. Most notably, I am thinking about buying a small 4×4 (Lada Niva) with my wife to travel through Europe.



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