Saturday, August 14, 2021

Good talks/podcasts (August 2021 I)


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

  • Top Software Engineering Interview Tips (Dave Farley) [Engineering Culture, professionalism] [Duration: 0:15:00] In this episode, Dave Farley, of Continuous Delivery, talks about his experience of technical interviews. Dave has conducted hundreds of software engineer job interviews and has some thoughts on how we could do better as both interviewers and as interviewees.
  • The reality of testing in an artificial world (Angie Jones) [AI, testing] [Duration: 0:27:00] Inspirational (and funny) talk about how to approach testing in a system using AI.
  • Theory of Constraints 3 Bottle Demo to improve Flow (Arrie van Niekerk) [Lean, TOC] [Duration: 0:06:00] This demo shows the strategies for dramatically improving flow using Theory of Constraints, using an experiment with a glass bottle to show the potential improvements that can be unlocked if the right strategy is applied at the bottleneck.
  • Output vs. Outcome & Impact (Jeff Patton) [Lean Product Management, Product, Product Discovery] [Duration: 0:10:00] Product thinking moves our focus from fast output to outcome and impact. This video is a great summary of this thinking.
  • One Step At A Time (Jason Gorman) [Technical Practices, XP, tdd] [Duration: 0:12:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Jason Gorman explains why focusing on one problem at a time is such a valuable habit for a software developer, and why the quickest route is usually the safest one
  • Reduce Alerting Noise with One Weird Trick (Liz Fong-Jones) [Observability, Technical Practices] [Duration: 0:10:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) A great and concise description of SLI/SLOs and how to use them to improve our lives.
  • Domain Driven Design with BDD (Dave Farley) [DDD, Technical Practices, XP, tdd] [Duration: 0:16:00] Dave Farley explores how we can use this behavioural focus as a tool to better structure our software development and software engineering approach. How it can enhance our understanding, bridge gaps between different groups of people in the development process, better structure our development activities to focus more on the outcomes that we are aiming for and make the whole thing more testable.
  • GeePaw Hill "More Smaller Steps" (GeePaw Hill) [Agile, Lean Software Development, Small Safe Steps (3s), XP] [Duration: 1:20:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) A great talk for anyone trying to do lean/agile software development. Explain why we need to give small safe steps (3s). Very interesting Q&A session at the end.
Reminder, All these talks are interesting even just listening to them, without seeing them.


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