You know more than you think you do

Graeme Simsion

Some skills are specific to a software platform, an organization, or an era—and some, like the ability to explain a concept, understand where someone else is coming from or find a creative solution to a problem are more portable.

This talk focuses on the second kind of skills: those you are likely to find valuable in any assignment or profession and that are therefore worth developing and improving even as your professional life progresses and takes new directions.

Graeme Simsion will identify the generic skills that have proved themselves across his varying careers—from data modeling projects to The Rosie Project and talk about the practicalities of applying and adapting them.


Graeme Simsion has achieved notable successes in a range of careers.

As a database architect and data modeling practitioner, he led the data component of numerous major projects and authored the widely-used book Data Modeling Essentials, now in its third edition, and has been a keynote speaker at data conferences for many years.

As a researcher, he conducted the largest ever study of data modeling practice, published as a PhD thesis and summarized in the book Data Modeling Theory and Practice.

As a business leader, he established a successful business and IT consultancy, and grew it to some seventy staff, while continuing to consult personally to business and government at CEO level.

As a teacher, he ran masterclasses in data modeling and consulting skills around the world, and taught at four universities in management and technology.

As a novelist and screenwriter, he has published four bestselling novels, beginning with The Rosie Project which has been translated into 40 languages and sold over 3.5 million copies (It was No. 1 on Der Spiegel bestseller list for several weeks). All of his books have been optioned for movies, and Graeme has written the screenplays for two of them.

Graeme has qualifications in science, computing, business administration, writing and screenwriting.

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