PLoP 2015
Fri 23 - Mon 26 October 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2015
Sat 24 Oct 2015 10:30 - 12:00 at Fountain View - Session 6: Keynote

Christopher Alexander tells us, “Patterns must not be etched in stone; rather, they must grow as the users gain new experiences.” As co-author of the Fearless Change pattern language, Mary Lynn has steadily worked on this language with Linda Rising for almost 20 years. She will share her insights on keeping a pattern language alive and updated with changes to existing patterns and additions of new patterns. To do this, she will use the patterns in Fearless Change to explain how other authors can use these tools to keep their patterns growing and evolving, rather than being “etched in stone”.

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

Displayed time zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada) change

10:30 - 12:00
Session 6: KeynotePLoP at Fountain View
PLoP Keynote: Keeping A Pattern Language Alive
Mary Lynn Manns University of North Carolina Asheville, USA