We may adopt a perspective of ownership around the code we write and maintain, the career path we find ourselves on, and our position in the community around us.

Intentionally shifting that perspective away from the ownership model to an alternative model can lead to finding opportunity where before there was frustration and finality.

And it can impact more that just our code. It can bring a powerful new perspective to our career, our community, and even this very conference.


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Betsy Castro at 09:42 on 3 Nov 2023

The quality of the slides greatly enhanced the presentation and contributed to a positive learning experience. I really enjoyed it!

Kevin Smith at 09:51 on 3 Nov 2023

Love the shift from a mindset of control to one of stewardship. And fantastic slides!

TJ Draper at 09:53 on 3 Nov 2023

What a fantastic presentation and perspective. Stewardship vs ownership. We’re all really stewards for a time when you stop and think about it. As a fellow believer, I also really appreciated the application of the parable of the talents. Success is defined by what you do with what you’re given, not what you have. So good!

Kai H at 09:55 on 3 Nov 2023

Really refreshing to see the slides not being the standard PowerPoint/etc slides

Loved the insight about the difference between "ownership" Vs "stewardship" especially in the 'mistake' we have in our language use of "take ownership".

Loved the slides - engaging, interesting, and fun. Tim did a great job at starting the talk in a way that felt abstract, but ending in a way that tied everything back together with a relevant message for developers (or anyone who cares about their career). This talk worked perfectly as an opening keynote: a reminder that our jobs are something valuable that has been entrusted to us.

Jordan Wamser at 09:56 on 3 Nov 2023

Loved the passion of your talk, and the emotions and personal connections you gave. 1 improvement maybe a similar slide presentation. slide still looked amazing.

Dan Moore at 09:57 on 3 Nov 2023

Great talk. Enjoyed stewardship idea and the retelling of the parable of the talents.

Would have liked a specific story about how you saw someone take stewardship in a technical situation.

Also you misspelled collaborative.

Jim Wigginton at 09:57 on 3 Nov 2023

Ditto to that everyone has said about the slides!

I guess the only criticism I have is.. you name dropped Ben ransaey and Keith casey as tho everyone knows who they are. Maybe to regular conference attendees but I feel like most php devs prob don't know who they are

Adam Culp at 10:08 on 3 Nov 2023

Great talk, that I now own...err...I have so much to do now.

Joseph Thayne at 10:23 on 3 Nov 2023

The ideas here, are timeless, and it forces a change of focus for the better. The slides were a perfect melding with the topic and the talk itself. Thank you very much for this.

Joseph Lavin at 10:32 on 3 Nov 2023

A+++ talk. Would attend again.

Jay Fuqua at 10:41 on 3 Nov 2023

Great talk. I love the slides style. It keeps you engaged.

Eric Minaker at 10:44 on 3 Nov 2023

Fantastic slides and a great message!

Joseph Leedy at 10:47 on 3 Nov 2023

Awesome keynote. I loved the format of the slides.

Wun Chiou at 11:03 on 3 Nov 2023

Great perspective advice!

Very engaging keynote, great way to kick off the conference!

I heard this keynote before and it was great to hear again.

Ryan Marks at 12:59 on 3 Nov 2023

I enjoyed your presentation and will be looking for ways to be a steward in the future. Great slides!

Steve Grunwell at 13:15 on 3 Nov 2023

I saw the first version of this talk at php[tek] last spring and it still holds up.

It felt like the speaker origin story (literally the slide from Tim’s first talk) may have gone a bit long, but it’s also important context and Tim delivers it with such a commanding-yet-endearing presence.

Mark Junghanns at 13:25 on 3 Nov 2023

Excellent presentation! I liked the slides. The stewardship idea is fantastic! Thank you so much!

Super inspiring keynote. I really like the "different" point of view this keynote opens up

Good talk, Tim kept the audience engaged. Took a while to tie things all together, but it was a good approach to make the content relatable. Slide graphics popped!

Ben Batschelet at 15:05 on 3 Nov 2023

Really led me to reflect a lot on my attitude and relationship with my work and the software I ~~create~~ steward.

Needed to hear this keynote, great job and thank you!

Chris Ayers at 17:19 on 3 Nov 2023

Great presentation style. Loved the "slides" that navigated around the big image.
Great message.

Nick A at 20:22 on 3 Nov 2023

Given that this took place at a programming conference, I was expecting this to be about code ownership, like how developers or teams can stop being so protective if they have strong feelings about the code that they write and maintain. But the title was literally about "ownership" as a general concept and the inherent problems with it

Let Go of Ownership was a great philosophical speech on how everything is indeed temporary. Instead of trying to think about things in our lives as "ours", we should instead think about ourselves as temporary stewards who should see the opportunities that presently exist for each of us. After all, what we do is who we are, not the stuff we happen to possess at a given moment in time

In some ways, this made me think of Carl Jung's explanation of aging as a process that we should anticipate and grow into rather than trying to hold onto things that inevitably vanish from our grasp or reaching for unrealistic or unnecessary things that are beyond our control

I really appreciated the inclusion of the Parable of Talents too because it holds such an important message that should be kept close to the heart. It's one of my favorite passages in the Bible

Overall, this was a great keynote. Thank you, Tim!

Ryan Howe at 21:35 on 3 Nov 2023

The core message of this talk "Stewardship > Ownership" is excellent, I saw this talk at php[tek] and it took me this long to be able to articulate this feedback.

The message is VERY good, honestly I think it is perfect! I think that is why it took me so long to be able to give critical feedback on the talk. Having such a good message made it hard to be critical on the delivery of the message. It is very clear that this was a journey that you went through to get to this place. The place that you got to deserves more time, the journey there, while very valid is difficult for an audience to internalize. I would like to see you spending more time on destination of the message over the journey there.

Because the message of stewardship over ownership, the miss-appropriation of the term ownership in current business lingo is a very good message. That understanding and perspective is the kind of thing, which to be able to bring home from the conference is the making for an essential keynote talk.

This is the message that can define a conference and can add value to an entire organization, not just a dev department.

Ron Gustinella at 22:41 on 3 Nov 2023

I really enjoyed this talk and it was a great way to kick off the day. The graphic presentation was really great and the message was even better. It definitely helped to shift my perspective.

Larry Garfield at 09:09 on 4 Nov 2023

Great message, great energy. This is what you want as an opening keynote.

Ariane Dupaix at 09:46 on 4 Nov 2023

A good mindset shift about our projects. We must remember that other devs will inherit our projects and our "ownership" is very temporary.

Tadeh Hakopian at 14:12 on 4 Nov 2023

I needed to hear this!

Great engaging slides. Good content for an opening keynote.

Peter Meth at 14:24 on 4 Nov 2023

Really fantastic talk. Great slides and a powerful message. Thos really got me ready for the conference and ready to learn, act and help others.
Thanks Tim

James Titcumb at 13:04 on 7 Nov 2023

Thought-provoking and a strong message there. Enjoyed this!

Sandy Smith at 08:36 on 9 Nov 2023

As usual, this is a banger. Great keynote to reframe everyone's thinking and give them a charge to take with them to the rest of a conference.