Friday, October 06, 2023

DevOpsDays Madrid: The Complexity Trap Reevaluating our incentives

 I've had the pleasure of being invited to give a Keynote at the DevOpsDays Madrid event.

I'm leaving the slides and some interesting related references here.

The Complexity Trap Reevaluating our incentives

Video (Spanish):

Youtube video

Thanks to Autentia for the recording of the session.
You can watch the sessions of the conference and other conferences on their channel 


Original document

Related Quotes:

  • "Art is the elimination of the unnecessary." Pablo Picasso
  • "Code is cost, and production code is by far the higher cost.  If you can write more support code (tests, automation, developer tooling) in order to write less&better production code more smoothly, Win!" @jessitron
  • "Code is liability. To build something is to be responsible for its existence, forever. Write more software only as a last resort." @mipsytipsy
  • "Complexity is what makes software hard to change. That, and duplication." Ralph Johnson
  • "Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it." - Alan Perlis
  • "If you don’t actively fight for simplicity in software, complexity will win…and it will suck." Henrik Joreteg
  • "irreversibility was one of the prime drivers of complexity" Enrico Zaninotto
  • "Keep it simple, make it valuable, build it piece by piece" Ron Jeffries
  • "My position is that code, pretty much exclusively, is cost. It’s all liability. The asset is what it does. So, if I can get simpler code that does the same thing, I’ll take the simpler code. If I can have no code and get the same capability, I’ll take no code. No code is better than some code, some code is better than lots of code!" Dan North @tastapod
  • "Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better." Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"  Leonardo da Vinci
  • "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount  of work not done--is essential." Principles behind the Agile Manifesto
  • "Software maintenance is not "keep it working like before." It is "keep being useful in a changing world"" Jessitron
  • "The art of programming is the art of organizing complexity." Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • "The biggest cause of failure in software-intensive systems is not technical failure; it’s building the wrong thing." Mary Poppendieck
  • "The faster you build crap the more crap you get" Jeff Patton
  • "The old truths: Keep it simple, Make it small, Make it correct, Fight complexity" Joe Armstrong

Related / References:

  • The art of destroying software (Greg Young)
  • Simplicidad para desarrolladores (Spanish)
  • Basal Cost of Software
  • 8 lines of code
  • Complexity Is Outside the Code 
  • Simplicity, The Way of the Unusual Architect 
  • Simple-Made-Easy/

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