Doc Norton

Organizational and Leadership coach at CTO2

Talk

The Technical Debt Trap
Friday 14:05 - 14:50
Topics:
Technical Debt
Cruft
XP
Agile
Clean Code
Level:
Beginner

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Technical Debt has become a catch-all phrase for any code that needs to be re-worked. Much like Refactoring has become a catch-all phrase for any activity that involves changing code. These fundamental misunderstandings and comfortable yet mis-applied metaphors have resulted in a plethora of poor decisions. What is technical debt? What is not technical debt? Why should we care? What is the cost of misunderstanding? What do we do about it? Doc discusses the origins of the metaphor, what it means today, and how we properly identify and manage technical debt.

Learning Outcomes

  • History of the Technical Debt Metaphor
  • Challenges with the current common understanding
  • Why what you call “debt” is probably better described as “cruft”
  • How to manage cruft (debt)


Workshop

Creative Collaboration: Tools for Teams
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Topics:
Collaboration
Teamwork
Decision making
Agile
Level:
Intermediate
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Even high functioning teams occasionally have a hard time making decisions or coming up with creative ideas. There are times when the conversation seems to drag on long after a decision is reached. There are times when we have too many people involved in the discussion or the wrong people involved. There are times when we're not sure who's the actual decision maker. And there are those times when we just seem to be out of synch with each other. This creative collaboration workshop provides tools that help resolve all of these issues.

About

Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.

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