Ken Auer

CEO, Master Software Craftsman

As CEO and Master Craftsman of RoleModel Software, Ken leads and mentors some of the most talented software craftsmen in the custom mobile and web development industry. His passion and commitment to software craftsmanship has made him one of the most respected pioneers in software development since the 1980's when he first began applying object-oriented software techniques. In the mid-80’s, he worked on one of the first attempts to use Smalltalk and Objective-C on a large software system, and became well-known as one of the world's leading Smalltalk practitioners. In 2001, he co-authored the book “Extreme Programming Applied: Playing to Win!” as a straightforward guide to using Agile practices in the software industry. Ken has continued to grow and apply his skills with most of the leading edge tools used in web and mobile development, including Java, Ruby/Rails, and JavaScript.

Ken delivered the keynote address at the inaugural SCNA conference where the organizers introduced him as "the father of software craftsmanship". This was based, in part, on the fact that Ken founded RoleModel Software in 1997 with the belief that the most effective way of furthering the software craft is through mentorship. Ken believes his greatest career accomplishments are the high-integrity software developers he has mentored as well as the numerous high quality systems he has built to deliver excellent user experiences.

In addition to software development, Ken has experience in audio and video production, construction, education, and coaching youth sports. He is interested in history, church and family reformation, and musical theatre. Ken has been married to his wonderful wife Carol since 1985 and they have three children in varying stages of life.

Ken's professional experience spans numerous industries and domains including:

  • Graphical manipulation
  • Education
  • Report creation
  • Software developer tools
  • Computer-aided design
  • Manufacturing process consulting support
  • Financial trading
  • Object-relational database mapping
  • Order management systems
  • Semiconductor manufacturing control
  • Statistical analysis
  • Lab data management
  • Process configuration
  • Administrative tools
  • Automotive diagnostic tools
  • Electronic medical records
  • Clinical decision support
  • E-commerce
  • Member management
  • Agricultural

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