I'm a professional yack-shaver at Mint. I'm supposed to be a Rails developer. From dotfiles to development tools, there is nothing that diverts my attention more than fixing something that wasn't really broken in the fist place.
How To Win Designers And Influence DevelopersWatch the video
This talk is about ways to hack your team for a more efficient, productive and ultimately happier existence. That's the good news. The bad news is hacking your team starts with hacking yourself.
In 1936, Dale Carnegie published a book called "How To Win Friends And Influence People". You may have heard of it. In 1989, Stephen Covey published "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People". I was 6 years old.
What can these old books (and others) teach us about working as part of a modern software team today?
A hell of a lot, actually.
We'll look at some of the hacks, I mean techniques, raised in these books, and investigate how they apply in the modern software team.
Bug Requests and Pull Reports (2012)Watch the video
Getting people to contribute to open source can be hard. This talk looks at Powder, a simple Ruby gem, and some of the ways we tried to to turn bug reports into pull requests.