Monday, June 14, 2021

Good talks/podcasts (Jun 2021 I)

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

  • Test Driven Development vs Behavior Driven Development (Dave Farley) [Technical Practices, XP, testing] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) In this episode on the Continuous Delivery channel, Dave Farley, who was involved in the creation of BDD, explains his slightly more unusual take on the real value of this approach to creating automated tests. Dave believes that TDD and BDD are at the foundations of a sound software engineering approach to software development and explores these ideas with some real-world examples of good and bad automated tests.
  • Make the Right Thing the Easy Thing: Designing Processes Teams Will Actually Follow (Jason Lengstorf) [Devex, Engineering Culture, Platform] In this talk, we’ll learn how IBM is working to get huge, distributed teams to not only agree on a set of best practices but to actually follow them
  • Making developer experience a reality (Tim Cochran, Keyur Govande, Pia Nilsson, Rebecca Parsons) [Devex, Engineering Culture, Platform, Platform as a product] There’s often lots of talk about how companies can make their developers more productive. But it may be more useful to think about developer effectiveness: how to ensure they’re building the most useful products for their customers. This is about providing an environment that allows developers to be effective. Our special guests from Spotify and Etsy give us their unique perspectives.
  • Observability in the SSC: Seeing Into Your Build System (Ben Hartshorne) [Devex, Devops, Observability, Platform, Platform as a product] Ben Hartshorne describes the transformation that Honeycomb went through, when they dropped build times by 40% and gave themselves the ability to track build times and asset sizes over time. Hartshorne covers the techniques one can use to accomplish the same goals in different environments.

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


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