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  • How to Do Sustainable Software Development

    Software sustainability includes computing for environmental purposes and using resources appropriately. According to Coral Calero, software engineers need a holistic way of looking at software and should be aware of the environmental impact of software. Several tools and frameworks are available for software engineers to do sustainable software development.

  • Fix Your SDLC before Adopting Gen AI in Your Organisation: Bannon’s Call to Action at QCon London

    During her keynote at QCon London, Tracy Bannon, architect and researcher at MITRE, argued that AI will be able to enhance the software development lifecycle, though currently it’s at the “code completion” rather than “code generation” phase. Throughout her presentation, she continuously stresses the importance of keeping humans in the loop and fixing your company’s SDLC before embracing AI.

  • The Impact of Testing in Software Teams

    Communicating quality gaps, holding space for good testing, and writing automation are some of the ways that testers contribute to software teams. According to Maaret Pyhäjärvi, we need to think about testing, not testers. Collaboration and having conversations between team members can result in valuable impact that changes the product and the experiences of our users.

  • How Playing Games Enables Engaging Ways of Learning Agility

    Games can help us create a collaborative, joyful, and fun experience in which we play to solve complex problems. According to Jakub Perlak, people can play games that have a meaningful purpose, and have fun in doing so. Games create space for intentional cognitive activity which helps us when learning something new and adapting to changes that are important for agility.

  • Why Leading without Blame Matters to Leaders and Teams

    According to Diana Larsen, a culture of blame is a waste of human potential. People cannot achieve their best and most creative work when their energy goes into avoiding shame and blame. To lead without blame requires a shift toward learning and curiosity, she argues. It begins by building or restoring a relationship of trust and trustworthiness with the people.

  • Being an Agent of Change for Others and Yourself

    Everyone can be an agent of change, even with small contributions. You can also be an agent of change for yourself by focusing on what you can control. Knowing why to change matters, and exploring it you may find out that it’s not the time yet to make a change.

  • Using the Technical Debt Metaphor to Communicate Code Quality

    With technical debt, we end up paying a gradually rising cost. The technical debt metaphor was intended as a way to help us talk and think about the invisibility of decisions and qualities in code. Kevlin Henney gave a keynote about Six Impossible Things at QCon London 2022 and at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022. His sixth impossibility was technical debt is quantifiable as financial debt.

  • How GPT3 Architecture Enhanced AI Capabilities: Keynote At Devoxx

    Dr. Alan D. Thompson, the man behind, sees the current AI trajectory as a shift more profound than the discovery of fire, or the WWW. His Devoxx keynote presents the state of the AI industry, following Google’s Transformer architecture introduction, a true transformer of the industry that gave rise to new AI models, which can conceptualize images, books from scratch and much more.

  • Technical Debt is Quantifiable as Financial Debt: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    Technical debt can be quantified in various ways, but you cannot precisely quantify the associated financial debt. According to Kevlin Henney, we can quantify things like how many debt items we have, the estimated time to fix each debt item, a variety of metrics associated with our code, such as cyclomatic complexity, degree of duplication, number of lines of code, but not the financial debt.

  • A Distributed System is Knowable: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    Failure in distributed systems is normal. Distributed systems can provide only two of the three guarantees in consistency, availability, and partition tolerance. According to Kevlin Henney, this limits how much you can know about how a distributed system will behave. He gave a keynote about Six Impossible Things at QCon London 2022 and at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • The Future is Knowable before it Happens: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    In software development there are always things that we don’t know. We can take time to explore knowable unknowns, to learn them and get up to speed with them. To deal with unknowable unknowns, a solution is to be more experimental and hypothesis-driven in our development. Kevlin Henney gave a keynote about Six Impossible Things at QCon London 2022 and at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • Every Truth Can Be Established Where It Applies: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    Developers can face impossible things in their daily work. Not all preconditions can be checked in code due to the definitional constraints of the programming language. Kevlin Henney gave a keynote about Six Impossible Things at QCon London 2022 and at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • Every Question Has an Answer: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    We tend to assume that every question has an answer, which for instance isn’t true when we want to find out what the current time is. Developers should increase awareness of unexpected failure modes, advertise the possibility of failure, and use time-outs to recover from waiting for an answer that will never come.

  • Infinite Representations: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    Developers can face impossible things in their daily work. It’s impossible to directly represent infinity or to hold infinite precision on a discrete physical computer. Storage and representations are bounded. Ignoring or being unaware of this impossibility can lead to bugs or systems behaving differently than expected. Kevlin Henney gave the keynote Six Impossible Things at QCon London 2022.

  • Becoming a Better Tech Leader with Coaching

    Coaching, both personal and professional, can help to understand your potential and discover ways to exercise that potential in your daily work. For Maryam Umar, coaching has proved to be highly useful in her tech work of leading testers and engineers.