Philly ETE 2019 Keynote – Jessica Kerr – Collective Problem Solving: Music, Science, Software

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Abstract

There’s a story to tell, about musicians, artists, philosophers, scientists, and then programmers.

There’s a truth inside it that leads to a new view of work, that sees beauty in the painful complexity that is software development.

Starting from The Journal of the History of Ideas, Jessica traces the concept of an “invisible college” through music and art and science to programming. She finds the dark truth behind the 10x developer, a real definition of “Senior Developer” and a new name for our work and our teams.

About Jessica Kerr

Jessica Kerr is a developer at Atomist, a speaker at conferences around the world, a podcaster on Greater Than Code, and a mother of two tweenage daughters in St. Louis, MO. Her current obsessions include symmathesy, resilience engineering, DevOps, and domain driven design. She loves shaving yaks, especially automating the tedious or rude parts of programming.