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Wednesday, August 9 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Legendary Adventures in Legacy Code (David Laribee)

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Abstract:
We begin with a story - a story about a legendary monster (15,000+ line class) I recently engaged in mortal combat. No spoilers. It wasn't pretty, but here I stand to tell the tale, at the ready to enter the fray once again.
Throughout our campaign we’ll take a few side quests and journeys into the three realms of technical debt:
  • The alignments - OR - what mindsets help when battling demonic code versus forming a party?
  • The armory - OR - what weapons are available to you? When do you brandish them?
  • The lore and landscape - OR - Where did these damned dragons come from in the first place?
This talk employs a nerdy, fantastical, and fun system metaphor to help us escape the confines of the dominant mental model for legacy code: technical debt. All tools and tactics presented are based on experience, not fantasy. While there will be images of Cthulhu, Chromatic Dragons, and Vampyres, attendees should expect code examples, hands-on exercises, technical deep dives and practical lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire experience with a toolkit for assessing legacy code qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Learn how to visualize code quality and effect of team practices (such as collective ownership) on quality.
  • Learn how to engage your team its leadership in making choices about which code to invest in.
  • Understand dynamics and relationship of valuing delivery over valuing quality and vice versa.


Speakers
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David Laribee

CEO, Nerd/Noir
David Laribee is a product development coach with deep roots in Lean, Agile, XP and Scrum. He believes in the power of collaboration, simplicity and feedback. | | Over the last 20 years, David has built teams and products for companies at every scale. He’s founded startups... Read More →


Wednesday August 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
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