How I Learned to Stop Caring and Made Better Software

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Definitely an interesting talk but I would have loved more technical information and code citations.

Good speaker with a lot of good experience. Nice to hear the evidence of why to do or not do things. Also, I have to agree-- process needs to evolve to fit the project!

Would have liked more concrete takeaways interspersed in the anecdotes. Maybe via more fleshed-out slides. I am a huge fan of sparse slides, but most of the talk was done in front of company logos. A short headline relating to the talk at that point would have been welcome.

And Eli, your voice wasn't really that bad, but feel better!

Rated 4

Anonymous at 11:06 on 15 Mar 2014

This was a great talk, and Eli powered through like a champ, but more technical information would have been nice. It's great to hear all the ways that Eli did things over the years, but it would be nice to know more.

This was a great talk, and Eli powered through like a champ, but more technical information would have been nice. It's great to hear all the ways that Eli did things over the years, but it would be nice to know more. <- Wasn't signed in... whoops.

More time for the talk information and less time on how it came about would have been nice

Good talk and you hung in there well with your voice. I would have liked to see a few more slides with information on them, but your experience with all the different places you've worked is extremely valuable. The information you provided was communicated effectively.

Great reminder that the perfect can sometimes be the enemy of the good. Wasn't expecting technical details, so I wasn't disappointed. Thanks, Eli - feel better soon!

Awesome talk Eli -- we all stand on the shoulders of giants, and seeing how those who have done things before us have succeeded and failed helps better inform our own decisions. Thank you!

Good talk for thinking about your development process and whether it's too much of a burden. Would have been nice to have more concrete examples.

Rated 5

Anonymous at 14:09 on 15 Mar 2014

Honest talk about what went wrong

This was a good presentation that was somewhat hampered by not containing clear takeaways and following Evan's keynote (where there was some overlapping content). It seemed to me the key message was not to get so bogged down into the details that you complicate the work environment and prevent yourself and others from launching out updates. There was some valuable information within the talk, and revising the presentation to really focus on those key points will help make this a rock solid presentation.

Bonus points to Eli for championing through a difficult vocal situation.

This was a fun talk. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it but it really showed me more about myself than I was expecting. "Why did it take him so many years and so many projects to figure this out? Oh... right..." Thanks, Eli! And great job actually speaking given the conditions of your voice. :)

Good talk! Found myself reflecting back on my career experiences.

Pretty good talk, with important reminder that your processes have a point to them and match the companies environment. Could've had more points and specifics about when and why some processes can be chucked, and a little less story time.

This was a great talk. Where a lot of talks were talking about managing scope creep, you made a point to say that sometimes being flexible is a good thing. A lot of very important, hard learned lessons in that talk. The reason why not 5 stars was because I felt there was a lot of story and buildup to reach the same point that was beginning to be eluded to at the beginning of the buildup.

I agree, there are times when strict adherence to the 'rules' can stifle production. At the same time, those practices do help keep one in line!

Enjoyed the talk.