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ACCK to host expert on introducing ideas into organizations

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Linda Rising, an expert in the area of object technologies, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 in room 112, Melhorn Science Hall at McPherson College. The lecture title and also the title of Rising’s soon-to-be-published book is "Fear Less - and other patterns for introducing patterns (or any new idea) into organizations." Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of an Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK) course titled Software Design and Development, which is being taught during the January interterm by Bethel College computer science professor David S. Janzen.

"Linda is a very animated and energetic presenter with a wealth of software and business experience," says Janzen. Within the object-oriented software community, she is known as the ‘Patterns Princess.’ Her new work on patterns for introducing ideas into organizations is extending the use of patterns to the much wider business and non-profit community. I think leaders from a wide variety of organizations will find her talk stimulating."

The presentation in McPherson will help participants understand what successful individuals have learned when introducing new ideas into their organizations. Rising will also lead a discussion that will allow those attending to share challenges they have encountered while introducing new ideas.

Rising completed a doctoral degree in object-based design metrics at Arizona State University. Besides teaching, she has worked in the areas of avionics, telecommunications, and strategic weapons systems. She is the editor of "A Patterns Handbook: Techniques, Strategies and Applications," editor of a special issue of IEEE Communications on design patterns in communications software, and author of a chapter on patterns mining in the CRC Handbook of Object Technology. She has also published "A Pattern Almanac 2000" and a collection of design patterns in communications.

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