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How WebMD Maintains Operational Flexibility with NoSQL

Posted by Rajeev Borborah, Matthew Wilson  on  Jul 24, 2014

Rajeev Borborah, Matthew Wilson discuss using NoSQL at WebMD -architecture, benefits, roadmap-, with details on caching and key-value storage implementation behind a few of the WebMD applications: Physician Finder, Symptom Checker and WebMD Runtime.

46:56

Deployed in 60 Minutes: Increasing Production Deployments from Six Months to Every Hour

Posted by Matt Makai  on  Jul 19, 2014

Sponsored by Twilio. Matt Makai explores why deployments are difficult and shows solutions with case studies on how other organizations cut their production deployment times down from months to hours.

01:31:52

Debunking the Steve Rule

Posted by Corinna Brock  on  Jul 19, 2014

Corinna Brock discusses the place of women in software development, how to be a minority, how to increase their number and how to keep the current ones.

30:05

When Your Only Hammer is a Keyboard, Everything Looks Like a Tool

Posted by Darren Hobbs  on  Jul 18, 2014

Darren Hobbs shares lessons learned building polyglot systems, the technology choices made. mitigating risk and delivering value.

41:50

Make It Great: Refactoring That’s Smart and Satisfying

Posted by Ann Robson  on  Jul 17, 2014

Ann Robson discusses how to develop standards, approach refactoring in a safe and practical way, and track the evolution of a code with tools and metrics.

43:33

Continuous Improvement: Hell on Earth?

Posted by Katherine Kirk  on  Jul 08, 2014 9

Katherine Kirk reflects through case study examples on what continuous improvement feels like on the ground and explores how it can be better by learning from other industries, research and real-life.

49:51

Interpreting the Unwritten Rules - or Are They Guidelines?

Posted by Shane Hastie  on  Jul 08, 2014

Shane Hastie presents examples of how the most innocent of question or suggestion can send teams into a spin, and suggests a number of techniques to help create an environment where real communication can happen, irrespective if your team is co-located or distributed.

01:26:43

Lies, Damn Lies, and Estimates

Posted by Seb Rose  on  Jul 04, 2014

Seb Rose wonders if estimates are worthwhile and discusses what business people – Steve McConnell, Demarco, Lister, Disraeli - have to say about this.

49:59

Practicing at the Cutting Edge

Posted by Martin Thompson  on  Jul 03, 2014

Martin Thompson focuses on the evolution of Java and how it contrasts to C/C++, covering the cultural challenges of pushing the limits of performance and how to collaborate with industry experts and organize teams, which often stands at odds with the culture in many organisations.

49:28

Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career

Posted by Dan North  on  Jul 02, 2014 1

Dan North shares some of the interactions that have shaped his accidental career: the time he killed the production database, the time the team was imploding, the time the boss was wrong, the time he was the boss who was wrong, the time he tried to quit and failed, and a few others, outlining the impact that interactions with people can have on someone.

56:53

Why Agile Doesn't Scale (and What You Can Do about It)

Posted by Dan North  on  Jun 27, 2014 1

Dan North believes Agile scales if teams achieve contextual consistency through shared guiding principles, a clear vision and a common understanding.

01:36:26

Automated Test Hell, or There and Back Again

Posted by Wojciech Seliga  on  Jun 26, 2014 3

Wojciech Seliga shares from experience how complex it can be to deal with thousands of tests -unit, functional, integration, performance- for Atlassian JIRA and what they did to bring it under control.

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