Instilling a culture of craftsmanship

location_city Washington schedule Sep 23rd 02:00 - 02:45 PM place Room 5 people 7 Interested

When companies are struggling to increase the quality of their deliverables they tend to turn towards quick technology fixes, for example pushing for more test automation. The real solution isn't a technology fix but a cultural one. We need to change our culture to one that embraces, nurtures and encourages software craftsmanship.

It's only when your employees care about the quality of their work and when your organization rewards quality over speed that you'll make a lasting impact. Let's explore what this means and how we can start this culture shift.

Some of the things we'll look into:

  • How to implement code reviews that become primers for mentoring each other.
  • How performance reviews can impact the quality of your software
  • How a CICD improves software quality
  • Changing your management style towards Management 3.0

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • What is a software craftsman? Where did this idea come from?
  • If Agile came from developers, why did it move away from them?
  • How do we bring Agile back to developers, how do we get them back on track for better quality?
  • TDD is great, but what about creating an entire culture around craftsmanship?
  • What is your company doing that blocks it from happening?
  • Effective steps you can do at the team level to raise the bar in quality
  • What can you do at an organizational level to incentivize craftsmanship

Learning Outcome

The main objective of the talk is to bring awareness that code quality isn't just a technical problem, it's also an organizational culture problem. If you don't change the culture, you won't have any success in solving the technical problems.

Target Audience


Prerequisites for Attendees

An understanding of the impact delivering sub-par quality software.

schedule Submitted 9 months ago

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  • Jennifer Hinton
    By Jennifer Hinton  ~  8 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • well structured discussion of software craftsmanship that I imagine will be of interest to many at the conference. 

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • giving the audience some hints on what techniques/tips you might suggest to incentivize craftsmanship or encourage a cultural shift. I imagine this could help the audience understand if this talk is geared mostly towards technical leadership/management or engineers. Either would benefit!
    • Ben Scott
      By Ben Scott  ~  8 months ago
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      Thank you for your comments. I've updated my submission to provide a little more details on the topics discussed.

      As for whom should attend it's geared towards leadership and to engineers. A large part of the issue is how engineers deliver code and what they can do to change, however engineers behave the way they do because leadership has created an environment that incentivizes that behavior. Leadership needs to change that environment to shift what they incentivize.

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