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I am a chartered IT professional with over twenty years’ experience as a software developer. I am also a psychologist.
My research interests stem from my programming career. Among programmers with similar education and experience, individuals demonstrate quite different levels of ability to produce ‘team-friendly’ work that is straightforward for their peers to work with. This is important because computer code is not simply written, deployed and forgotten, but reused and revisited many times.
I am therefore interested in the definition of ‘best practices’ from a peer perspective. These are not necessarily the same as practices which are important for reasons such as program accuracy or performance. Identifying the common practices that most help or hinder fellow programmers is just the beginning. I am working with industry partners to explore the practical applications of my research findings. I create the opportunity for a team to identify for themselves which of these practices are especially relevant to them... This allows them to reflect on local practice, explore how to encourage more of the team-friendly practices and address the ones that cause problems.more
- Ollis, G., 2015. The Cat's Meow. CVu: the magazine of the ACCU, 27 (4), 11-12.
- Ollis, G., 2009. Santa Claus and Other Methodologies. CVu: The magazine of the ACCU, 20 (6), 3-7.
- Ollis, G., 2016. Folklore and fantasy in the information age. In: PyCon UK 2016 15-19 September 2016 Cardiff, UK.
- Ollis, G., 2016. Helping programmers get what they want. In: 27th Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group - PPIG 2016 7 September-10 August 2016 St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, UK. Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG 2016).
- Atfield-Cutts, S., Ollis, G., Coles, M. and Mayes, H., 2016. Blended Feedback II: Video feedback for individual students is the norm, on an undergraduate computer programming unit. In: 27th Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group - PPIG 2016 7-10 September 2016 St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, UK. Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG 2016).
- Ollis, G., 2014. "What Programmers Want". In: ACCU 2014 9-12 April 2014 Bristol.
- Ollis, G., 2012. In search of practitioner perspectives on ‘good code’. In: 24th Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group - PPIG 2012 21-23 November 2012 London Metropolitan University, UK. Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG).
- (supervisor: Jacqui Taylor)
Profile of Teaching UG
- Principles of Programming (Level 4, Python)
- Cyberpsychology (Level 4)
- Programming (Level 4, Java)
- ACCU, Conference Programme Committee (2016-), https://accu.org/index.php/conferences; ACCU conference
- Psychology of Programming Interest Group, Program committee member (2016-), http://www.ppig.org/workshops/ppig-2016-27th-annual-workshop
- PPIG 2015 - 26th Annual Workshop, Organiser (2015-), http://www.ppig.org/workshops/ppig-2015-26th-annual-workshop
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Organised by BCSWomen, this was a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time. Over 1000 participants were taught to code an app by women teachers across 30 locations in the UK. I was one of the teachers at BU.
- "What Programmers Want" workshops at ACCU Oxford and ACCU Bristol, 2014
- National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security, Observations and reflections on teaching psychological principles and methods to cybersecurity students, 5 April 2017, Liverpool
- PPIG 2016 - 27th Annual Workshop, Helping programmers get what they want, 7 September 2016, Cambridge, UK
- PPIG 2012 - 24th Annual Workshop, In search of practitioner perspectives on ‘good code’, 21 November 2012, London, UK
- ACCU 2014, What Programmers Want, 8 April 2014, Bristol, UK
- ACCU 2008, Santa Claus and other methodologies, 2 April 2008, Oxford, UK
- ACCU 2007, Advocating Agility, 10 April 2007, Oxford, UK
- BSc (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (University of Surrey, 1986)
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Open University, 2011)
- Winning poster at BCS 8th London Hopper Colloquium (British Computer Society, 2012)
- British Computer Society, Member (1995-),
- British Psychological Society, Member (2011-),