Dave Hoover

Dave Hoover

Areas of Expertise:

  • software development
  • Ruby
  • Java
  • agile development
  • programming
Dave Hoover is the Chief Craftsman at Obtiva where he helps lead Obtiva's Software Studio and apprenticeship program. Dave has been developing software since 2000, when he left a career in child and family therapy. In 2002, Dave read Pete McBreen's Software Craftsmanship, which re-framed Dave's understanding of software development and how people become great software developers. Dave has become increasingly passionate about learning and has dedicated several years of his career to thinking, writing, and speaking about apprenticeship. Over the last couple years, on most days, you'd find Dave coding Ruby and Rails as the lead developer for Mad Mimi, one of his clients at Obtiva. Dave also enjoys all sorts of endurance sports.

Apprenticeship Patterns Apprenticeship Patterns
by Dave Hoover, Adewale Oshineye
October 2009
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

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What Misogyny Is

June 07 2014

What Misogyny Is: sorayachemaly: There is a lot of confusion about what misogyny is. It’s a system whereby women are subjugated and dehumanized. We are all part of this culture, so one of its notable and defining features is the degree to which women themselves internalize ideas about women’s inferiority… read more

DBC: this strange and beautiful place

April 23 2014

DBC: this strange and beautiful place: katherineimogene: I earned these tags, and am very proud of my journey to this moment. I’ve taken a few days away to reflect - and sleep..a lot. I’m going to tell you about the worst week, and then I’m going to tell you how… read more

Dispelling Mythical Holacracy

April 04 2014

Journalists and bloggers have sensationalized Holacracy in the past couple months with headlines like “How Zappos is getting rid of managers to retain a flat startup culture”. In the process, they’ve spread a lot of misinformation, and a lot of people now mistakenly believe that Holacracy is way to flatten… read more

Sexism and Oppression: From Oblivion to Action

March 05 2014

This post is going to be a stream of my consciousness about my gradually increasing awareness of the oppression that exists around me, specifically sexism. This is my personal blog and I’m using this post to remind my future self about where I stood on this day. Almost every day… read more

Experiences with sexism

February 28 2014

Experiences with sexism: mariabpiper: Two days ago, I attended the Engineering Empathy session about Sexism, and during the session, it became apparent that many of the men in the room doubted whether sexism existed or whether it was a widespread problem. Although not all women face or admit to being affected… read more

"Short, concise, well-written, highly useful...All in all, this is a solid read."
--Jim Holmes, FrazzledDad

"While this book won’t teach you a new technology, it will most definitely help you learn that new technology in a way that is sustainable over the long haul. Incorporating these mindsets into your life will do wonders to make you feel much more competent, as well as helping you to enjoy the journey along the way. Apprenticeship Patterns is a highly recommended read."
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"Well presented and easy-to-read advice."
--Sue Gee, I Programmer