Project Triage: What to Do When Everything Hits the Fan

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Anonymous at 17:15 on 29 Oct 2014

Very good explanations of the processes required to deal with a variety of different problems that can arise.

Wonderful talk. Great real world discussion of what can go wrong and how not to panic to fix it.

As a new lead I found myself relating to all of the issues discussed that arise during the development/release process. It was very nice to have real world (obfuscated) examples/solutions from a professional engineer that cares about her craft.

Highly motivating and well spoken session.

Excellent talk which not only explained the importance of communicating expectations, but also demonstrated the process in the talk itself with clear answers to questions and practical, real world examples. Good stuff for anyone doing professional software development.

I want to start by saying I appreciated the honesty at the beginning of the talk -- we were warned that this would be more of a "soft" talk, which allowed anyone looking for something different to go to another lecture. I stayed, and I'm glad I did. We were given three scenarios where a project went off the rails and how the speaker (and the agency for which she works) dealt with it. While none of the ideas discussed was a major revelation, it was not a problem. The scenarios were presented as "lessons learned", which allowed these concepts to be reinforced as "best practice" behavior. The speaker was very engaging and was happy to answer questions.

Rated 5

Anonymous at 17:43 on 29 Oct 2014

Eryn is very smart and a very good presenter. This was a lighter presentation and was about how to handle bad situations, not on a code level but on a human level. I really enjoyed it.

This talk was done very well. I enjoyed the case studies and details of the issues and resolutions. I work for a video game developer and we definitely fall victim to some of these issues. The five whys are a great tool to get down to the root of the issue.

Rated 5

Philip Sharp at 19:17 on 29 Oct 2014

Well-preserved and useful information. Helpful even for those who think they don't have to deal with people.

I love talks that provide this sort of higher level strategies. Eryn presents well and engages with the audience, which is great for keeping us awake and alert.

Slide deck was slick, but maybe a bit too much reading to us from the slides.

I thought the case studies here were really helpful. I came away with a lot of tips and ideas that I can use in difficult situations.