Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Code Health at Scale

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Code Health at Scale

Managing codebase health is often arduous and thankless. You can feel like you are pushing the same boulders up the same hill year after year. Code health at Google is no different—well, except that we have over 3 billion lines of code to worry about, so the boulders we push are ... large. Over the last 20 years, Google's code health culture has grown, matured, and struggled to keep up with the size of the codebase and the company. Drawing on that experience, Adam Bender will share the strategies that Googlers have used to effect cultural change at scale and put code health at the center of their engineering process. Adam will discuss how his role as Google's Code Health Tech Lead has changed over time and how he sees ideas of code health evolving in an enormous, growing code base. Discover how (and how not) to motivate your organization to embrace healthy code for the long term, no matter what scale you operate at.

Adam Bender

Adam Bender has been a professional software engineer for more than 15 years. In that time, he has worked on a variety of systems including telephony, electrical grid management, and consumer web applications, all while applying well-known agile principles. For the last 7 years, he has been at Google where he has helped to modernize Google’s call centers and more recently, develop internal frontend infrastructure in support of hundreds of products. He was recently named the Code Health TL for Google and has taught over 15,000 Nooglers how Google thinks about software quality. Adam is the author of the Testing Overview chapter in the O'Reilly book: Software Engineering at Google.