Upcoming talks

Being Glue

Your job title says "engineer", but you seem to spend most of your time in meetings. You'd like to have time for code, but then who will respond to customers, update the roadmap, talk to the teams whose projects overlap with yours, notice the things that got dropped, onboard the new folks, and ask all of the many questions that need to be asked to make the project successful? If that's you, congratulations: you're a lead without a title! Let's talk about how to frame your work before it becomes career-limiting. 

  • Write/Speak/Code New York, August 3rd, 2018

Past talks

The History of Fire Escapes (VideoSlides)

Fire partitions. Public safety campaigns. Smoke alarms. Sprinkler systems. Doors that say “This is not an exit”. And fire escapes. What can we learn from fire safety about expecting failure and designing for it?

A Talk About Talking! (Slides)

Meta! How to get past the fear of public speaking and work up to speaking at conferences, with some advice about abstracts, slides and creating a narrative. 

  • Internal Squarespace speaker event, May 22nd, 2018

Have You Tried Turning It Off and Turning It On Again (VideoSlides)

Most of us have a backup strategy and many of us have a restore strategy and several of us have a fully tested restore strategy. But dependencies and complicated fallback plans make these strategies perilous.

Traps and Cookies (Video)

Does your production environment expect perfect humans? Does technical debt turn your small changes into minefields? This talk highlights tools, code, configuration, and documentation that set us up for disaster.

Microservice Dependencies

Microservices are great but their inter-dependencies are hard for humans to reason about. Here’s how to visualise it, rethink your dependencies and start handing the problem over to robots.

Ten Things That Will Make You Leave Technical Jobs

Half of the women who enter the tech industry don’t survive ten years. This talk walks through some of the things and people that try to push them out. If you can see it coming, it has less power over you.