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Software developers start on a journey when they join the industry. Slowly, they start to acquire rules of thumb and guidelines that they use to help them design software. As they go, they learn about the corners and traps that that software presents as a medium, and the limitations that make design a vibrant creative process. In this talk, Michael Feathers will describe the things that he wishes he knew about software when he start programming 25 years ago. He’ll describe how they interrelate and how we can move forward toward deeper understanding of how to approach design problems.
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Michael Feathers is founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, which specialise in software and organisation design, and was previously Chief Scientist of Obtiva. He has worked with hundreds of organisations to revitalise their code as well as support in process change and software design. Michael is a powerful voice on the relationship between complex code evolution and output efficiency within organisations.