The Technical Debt TrapThis was perhaps my most popular talk of 2009/2010. I gave it at over one dozen venues, including Oredev, Chicago Code Camp, and Agile Tour Toronto.
SynopsisTechnical Debt has become a catch-all phrase for any code that needs to be re-worked. Much like Refactoring has become a catch-all phrase for any activity that involves changing code. These fundamental misunderstandings and comfortable yet mis-applied metaphors have resulted in a plethora of poor decisions. What is technical debt? What is not technical debt? Why should we care? What is the cost of misunderstanding? What do we do about it? Doc discusses the origins of the metaphor, what it means today, and how we properly identify and manage technical debt.
Take Control of your Development Career
Session LengthAlso given at Oredev, this talk lead to an interview with the .NET Rocks! crew. This particular talk is of significant importance to me. Too many developers feel trapped, disempowered, or unsupported. It need not be this way. Take control!
SynopsisAs developers, we tend to spend a lot of time focused on languages, frameworks, and tools. But few of us spend time thinking about our careers or personal growth. Michael "Doc" Norton talks about simple things you can do today that pay off in a big way tomorrow. Take control of your Development Career. Be the developer you wanted to be. It is easier than you might think.
What Business Can Learn From Software Development
Session LengthThis talk was given at TEDxLakeshoreEast in Chicago.
Mythical Man Month
Lean / Agile