Saturday, April 24, 2021

Good talks/podcasts (April 2021 I)



These are the best podcast/talks I've seen/listen to recently:

  • Inside-Out TDDDD (Amitai Schleier) [Inspirational, Technical Practices, XP, testing] [Duration: 2 days, 12:51:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Talk about joy and humanity in software development. The talk was primarily concerned with the effects of software craft on our emotional states and working relationships. Along the way, Amitai touched on Theory of Constraints, stable and unstable equilibria in work environments, a significant and deliberate omission from Scrum, my take on “legacy code”, applied empathy (never mentioned explicitly, merely woven in), and what agility looks and feels like when you’ve got it.
  • Extreme Programming 20 years later (Kent Beck) [Technical Practices, XP] [Duration: 1 day, 17:49:00] Kent reviewed what he got right, what he got wrong, what he's still working on and how things work at Facebook.
  • Looking Back at Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Michael Feathers) [Design, Technical Practices, XP] [Duration: 1 day, 5:57:00] Wes Reisz and Michael Feathers go back and review the book. The two spend some time reviewing key concepts from the book and then discuss how the techniques can be applied today. The two wrap with a discussion on what might change in a new version of the book.
  • Project to Product: How Value Stream Networks Will Transform IT & Business (Mik Kersten) [Engineering Culture, Product, Technology Strategy] [Duration: 1 day, 7:17:00] How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption using Product mindset (instead of project mindset) and the flow framework.
  • The Technical Debt Trap (Doc Norton) [Engineering Culture, Technical Practices] [Duration: 2 days, 5:13:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) 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.
  • When TDD is Difficult - Try This! (Dave Farley) [Technical Practices, XP] [Duration: 12:09:00] In this episode Dave Farley explores the more complex cases in TDD. Testing at the edges of the systems that we build. How do we test code that talks to Databases, Disks or Displays or other edges of our system? How do we apply this software engineering discipline to the creation of our software systems to greater effect?
  • When to Use Microservices (And When Not To!) (Martin Fowler, Sam Newman) [Architecture, Microservices] [Duration: 1 day, 14:44:00] The two touch upon the main reasons for using or not using microservices, and, if you decide to do use microservices, what else you should change along the way to fully benefit from the switch, plus much more.
  • E3: Marty Cagan, Founder & Partner @ Silicon Valley Product Group (Marty Cagan) [Lean Product Management, Product, Product Team] [Duration: 1 day, 16:58:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Very interesting conversation about Empowered Product Teams, Product Culture.

Reminder, All these talks are interesting even just listening to them, without seeing them.


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