Change is Software’s greatest threat, and its defining characteristic. Disagree? How’s that Agile Transformation going for you?

We will explore this cognitively-dissonant statement as we investigate the challenges that we’ve faced, how we continue to fail to address them, and what we can do tame this raucous beast.


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Daniel Kadosh at 14:11 on 4 May 2019

Good history lessons of evolution of software development process, and thinking about technical excellence.

Keith Davis at 14:16 on 4 May 2019

Outstanding presentation and very engaging. I love the examples you used of our own mistakes and pains of "growing up" in software development.

Excellent presentation

TJ Draper at 14:24 on 4 May 2019

Very engaging. A good amount of humor that helps drive the points home.

Eric Poe at 14:25 on 4 May 2019

Good history of software development from the heady nascent days of software dev to the OK days of now. Thank you for the calls to action on diversity in tech.

Room for improvement: The talk felt rushed at the end, so maybe a little fewer slides here and there?

Regine Gilbert at 14:39 on 4 May 2019

Great talk and very informative! I got a lot out of learning about the past and what we can do for the future. In particular, I really enjoyed that he spoke about psychological safety in the workplace. The talk really got me thinking about what the future could be!

Roy Hughes at 14:40 on 4 May 2019

Excellent presentation, which brought back unfortunate memories of waterfall development (I used to be a Fortran programmer and used IBM mainframes and waterfall development). Also, I actually met the guy that coined Waterfall, back in 1972 (my dad worked at IBM so i met a lot of early well-known names)

Fantastic speaker, really engaging and excellence reference to older technology and workflows. Bonus points for bringing up the lack of diversity in software. :)

Darren Wright at 22:25 on 4 May 2019

Excellent talk Chris, brought back some blasts from the past that sadly I've lived. History should not repeat itself, though it all seemed to make sense when it was the "norm".

NIce job, Chris. Especially enjoyed any part where you ran across the stage!