Doc Norton is a great local technologist whose talks are always captivating and relevant given the non-technical challenges that we all often face while building software. If you saw him when he spoke at the group last December, or if you’ve seen any of his other talks, you know this is not to be missed! This time around, I had a LOT of really excellent talks of his to choose from, but we landed on a talk around Technical Debt, something I know we all struggle with managing and knocking out. I hope you can make it to this one! Our holiday meetings are always a lot of fun
The Technical Debt Trap
Technical Debt has become a catch-all phrase for any code that needs to be re-worked. Much like Refactoring has become a catch-all phrase for any activity that involves changing code. These fundamental misunderstandings and comfortable yet mis-applied metaphors have resulted in a plethora of poor decisions. 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.
About Doc: A consultant, coach, and trainer with CTO2, Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, and Belly Card, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.
Date and Time: Tuesday December 15th, Festivities begin at 6pm!
Location:Microsoft-Chicago 200 East Randolph, 2nd Floor, Chicago
Register here: http://chicagoalmug.org/
As always, please be sure to register soon so I can order the right amount of food and so that the security folks will let you in! You can park in the Aon center for a discounted rate after 6pm, but your best bet may be SpotHero if you choose to drive. I’ve seen $10 parking ½ block away using their service.