12 months ago they were facing a number of problems familiar in an early stage startup:
a monolithic codebase that had accumulated a lot of technical debt
a requirement to handle complex business processes that were changing quickly as the business scaled
a growing development team struggling to enable new hires to be effective quickly
They initially considered moving to a micro-service architecture but eventually settled on using rails engines to refactor their monolith, allowing them to make immediate gains in productivity whilst avoiding the operational complexity of a distributed system. The talk will cover the approach they are taking in this (ongoing) refactor, the rules they found were needed to play by, and the lessons they learnt along the way.
Tom is the Lead Developer at Zesty, developing systems to manage the logistics of ordering and delivering catered meals at scale. Before that he did a phd in quantum computing but is a lot happier now he gets to design software all day. He also likes swimming, living in Oxford and the commuting to San Francisco.
Jo Hanna is a non-binary, senior developer from London, UK. They have an obsession with psychology and understanding how we learn which has lead to giving talks on managing information overload, writing beautiful code and affective design. This intersection of beauty and complexity has more recently lead to them exploring education through performance and poetry.