PLoP 2015
Fri 23 - Mon 26 October 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2015
Sat 24 Oct 2015 15:30 - 16:07 at Fountain View - Session 8: Focus Groups and Workshops 1

This is your time to use the Fearless Change patterns to plan how you would like to make the world a better place. You can even use these patterns to improve yourself too. Bring your challenges and frustrations and those goals you haven’t yet found a way to start. You’ll get the opportunity to “play” with the patterns to begin your journey in becoming a leader of change!

Dr. Manns received the Distinguished Teaching Award in the Sciences (1995), the Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award (2013), the University Service Award (2013), and the Feldman Professorship Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service (2015). Her book, Fearless Change: Patterns for introducing New Ideas was featured as the “Best Book of the Year for 2004” in the Journal of Object Technology and made the “Books that Changed My Career” list on In addition, her book was recently translated and published in Japanese and Chinese. She has published in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and is a primary editor on her second book, Pedagogical Patterns: Advice for Educators. She has done numerous professional presentations throughout the United States, Europe and South America at a variety of conferences and in organizations that include Microsoft,, Avon, and Proctor & Gamble. Her research interest is in the area of change leadership. Dr. Manns’ newest book, More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen, is now available.

Dr. Manns was the UNC Asheville commencement speaker in December 2013. Her speech about “changing the world” changed the world of graduation by including a little Zumba dancing– it begins at minute marker 27:15 here:

Sat 24 Oct

15:30 - 18:00: PLoP - Session 8: Focus Groups and Workshops 1 at Fountain View
plop201515:30 - 16:07
Mary Lynn MannsUniversity of North Carolina Asheville, USA
plop201516:07 - 16:45
Joe YoderThe Refactory, Inc., Rebecca Wirfs-BrockWirfs-Brock Associates
plop201516:45 - 17:22
plop201517:22 - 18:00
Day closing