You develop software as part of a team – some combination of other developers, managers, end-users, business stakeholders and QA. This team starts with you, the individual. You are the first step to team effectiveness and this keynote starts with a humorous look at the habits and external factors that threaten individual effectiveness. Switching gears, there’s no guarantee that great individual contributors will make a great team and in almost all cases what matters is team productivity. Scientists study this, Google explores the question, and new techniques like mob programming explicitly tackle it. Use their experience to discover ways to make your team more effective and your job more enjoyable.
Kathleen Dollard loves to code and loves to talk about code. Along the way she’s an architect, a “manager”, a teacher, a writer, a speaker, and hopefully still a fun person! She’s written tons of articles, a book, and spoken around the world. She’s the Director of Engineering for ROI Code, previously Real and has videos in both the www.pluralsight.com and www.wintellectnow.com.