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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

How to Do Kick-Ass Software Development

Software development is hard― keeping developers, testers, designers, product managers and other stakeholders in sync and working on the right things at the right time. Building the systems that customers care about and delivering high-quality code fast are challenges every development team faces. Just being agile isn’t enough; we need to actively think about how we can improve software development processes and techniques. Sven details Atlassian’s coding practices and team dynamics, which include: collaborating fast to develop ideas, helping QA with testing, avoiding meetings to get more work done, experimenting, tightening feedback loops to fail faster, shortening release cycles, and working together happily on different continents. He describes examples where Atlassian has failed, then tried a new concept and kicked ass. These practices make Atlassian developers among the most productive and satisfied in the industry. It's a great way to develop software, and Sven thinks it can work in your organization too.

Sven Peters

Lead evangelist for Atlassian, Sven Peters has twenty years of experience writing code, leading teams, and sharing his experience with thousands of developers in more than twenty-five countries. For the past four years, Sven has studied software development trends inside and outside Atlassian, discovering the most important attributes that help teams effectively scale and drive innovation. Sven is a regular contributor to Atlassian’s quarterly ShipIt Days—twenty-four hours during which developers are free to work on a passion project (designing a dream feature, working with a team not their own, or replacing all the hot light bulbs in Atlassian’s phone booths with energy efficient bulbs).