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Thursday, February 22

9:00am EST

Dr. Seuss Guide to Code Craftsmanship
I have a two-year-old daughter who adores Dr. Seuss. And as I was reading Cat in the Hat for the 214th time, I realized Dr. Seuss had it all figured out.

His words are odd. The cadence confusing. But there’s a gem hidden in all his children’s rhymes.

You see, Dr. Seuss would have made an excellent engineer.

Because great code isn’t about choosing the perfect method name or building out 95% test coverage. All that is great, but it doesn’t make great code.


It likely never feels that way. There’s a rhythm to software development that goes something like this: 1. “Easy. I’ve got this.” 2. “Uhhh, maybe not.” 3. “HALP! I have no idea what the f*ck I’m doing.” 4. “How did I not think of that before?!” 5. “I AM A GOD.”

This process is okay if you’re comfortable having a mild psychotic break every sprint. I’m not.

We’re going about it all wrong. Putting ourselves — our egos — above our code. No judgement. I do it too. We’re human. It’s okay.

But I think we can bypass our egos and the emotional ups and downs it produces. This talk will focus on common pitfalls along the development lifecycle and distill Dr. Seuss’s excellent advice into concise steps developers can take before they write a single line of code.

In the words of Dr. Seuss: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.


Thursday February 22, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Friday, February 23

9:00am EST

"Don't You Know Who I Am?!" The Danger of Celebrity in Tech
Thought Leaders. DevOps Heroes. Public Speakers. We listen to them as they talk about their solutions, their approaches, and their inevitable triumphs. But are we starting down a dark path, as we forget that 'what makes a great talk' and 'what makes sense for your environment' may not be the same thing? In this entertaining and slightly irreverent talk, the speaker discusses the dangers of taking others' experiences as a source of absolute truth. A discussion of how the innovative and clever solutions that headline various conference talks may very well not apply to your environment will ensue, including but not limited to:
  • Matching business requirements to what technologies can deliver
  • The trap of feeling like you're falling behind if you're not doing what the "bleeding edge" companies are
  • At least one story of how following this approach went hilariously wrong


Friday February 23, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am EST