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How Did We End up Here?



Trisha Gee and Todd Montgomery attack the technology industry’s sacred cows by exposing the motivations that hide behind them. They discuss how these motivations lead us into practices that hinder rather than help us deliver quality software. Also, they discuss why some organisations seem to be achieving things that the traditional corporate IT departments can only dream of.


Todd Montgomery is Ex-NASA researcher, Chief Architect at Kaazing. Trisha Gee is Java Champion and Engineer.

About the conference

Software is Changing the World. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Jul 12, 2015

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  • Excellent

    by Jeff Hain,

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    The paenultimus slide : "Do epic shit, or die trying."

    Adding that most of our wheels are square, and that people need to keep inventing new wheels (and stop listening to the no-ers that tell them not to) so that we can more often at least approach some elliptic shapes.

  • You may actually be in favour of MVPs

    by Dridi Boukelmoune,

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    When you get to MVP and explain how little sense it makes, you mention the iPhone, which can be seen as an MVP. IIRC the very first iPhone was lacking lots of very common features like MMS and it wasn't meant to run third-party (native) applications in the first place.

    The MMS support was probably already on the roadmap (as in an MVP) and the third-party apps support was born from feedback (as in a successful MVP).

    I get your point, but I think overall you may be in favour of MVPs, and that "MVP" doesn't mean that your product should lack polish and completeness wrt the "minimum viable scope".

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