#81 Doc Norton, Better Agile Metrics

Summary
Doc Norton tells me why measuring agile velocity is a bad idea and what to do instead.

Details
Who he is, what he does. "Escape Velocity", why he wrote a book on agile metrics. What velocity is, rate of delivering value to customer, "it is useless", estimates are "bunk". "The business" pushes velocity based estimates. Lack of trust throughout organization. Can we really reduce a complex problem down to a simple number. Anti patterns: more velocity, cross team velocity comparisons, estimating with time, measuring individual velocity. Side effects of metrics. Variable velocity. What should we measure, cycle time and lead time, fixing bottle necks, code quality, team joy. Where does dev ops come in. How to find Doc's book. Upcoming conferences.

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Conferences
DSM Agile - St. Louis
dev up - Des Moines
Yow - Australia

#80 Angela Dugan, Impostor Syndrome

Summary
Angela Dugan tells me about impostor syndrome, why it matters and what you can do about it.

Details
Who she is, what she does. What impostor syndrome is, Hanselman's post. Who is affected by it. The more you know, the more you realize you don't know; being an "expert"; why is "I don't know" not acceptable, do agile sprints and commitments force unreasonable expectations. Angela's impostor syndrome survey. The opposite of impostor syndrome - Dunning–Kruger. Should one do anything about it; teaching what you learn. Angela might retake the test. Angela suggests helping others with impostor syndrome.

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Links
Angela's Twitter

TFS Whisperer

#79 Josh Doody, Salary Negotiation

Summary
Josh Doody talks about salaries, how they are set and how to negotiate a higher one.

Details
Who he is and what he does. What is a salary negotiation coach, negotiation by proxy. Who can benefit from Josh's help, how to get his book. Salary structures, what they are and how they work. Estimating your market value; judging your value compared to others, Bryan disagrees with Josh, John Sonmez says "ask for the moon". The interview, preparation, never share your current salary or desired salary. How to negotiate the salary; how to counter offer; the final discussion; "there is nothing fair about salary". How to leave a job. How to ask for more money in a job. Wrap up.

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Links
Fearless Salary Negotiation

Josh's homepage

Twitter

#78 Dustin Campbell, C# 7.1 and Beyond

Summary
Dustin Campbell talks about the future of C# 7.1, 7.2 and beyond.

Details
Who he is and what he does, Mads and the other guy, cross platform experience, playing guitar. Why move to incremental C# releases, bug fixes, move language forward more quickly, csharplang on GitHub, changes needed to compiler, C# releases are tied to Visual Studio releases. Could C# become a NuGet package. Preventing accidental use of 7.1. Possible dates. Release cadence, halting problem. Speed of change of C# vs ASP.Net, slow evolution is the plan. Balancing features and performance against ease of use. More pattern types coming. Shapes and extensions, extension everything - properties, constructors. Optional interfaces. The future of c#. A question from Jon Skeet for Dustin.

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Links
Dustin's videos on Channel 9.

C# lang on GitHub.

#77 Laurent Bossavit, Software Myths

Summary
Laurent Bossavit talks about the myths like the 10x developer that have grown in the software industry.

Details
Who he is, what he does. His book - "The Leprechauns of Software Engineering", why he wrote it. The 10x developer, literary archeology. The telephone game, examples in the software world, cost of when defects are discovered. Industry does not have interest exposing faults, why is the word "belief" used in software, is software an engineering discipline, opinions over measurements, how did we end up with manifestos. What should we measure when judging software quality, why measuring bugs are like eating from the garbage can. How to make things better. How to get Laurent's book. Laurent's book recommendations.

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Book recommendations
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research

Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Links
The Leprechauns of Software Engineering

Laurent's GitHub

#76 Eyewire, Amy Sterling & Chris Jordan

Summary
Amy Sterling and Chris Jordan of EyeWire talk about mapping the neurons and synapses of the brain.

Details
Who they are, what is EyeWire, how it started. About the brain, 80 billion neurons in a human brain, 100 trillion synapses. It used to take 1000 hours to map a neuron now it takes 80 hours. 250,000 users from around the world. Combined effort of players and AI. EyeWire is focusing on 1 cubic mm of a brain which has a 100,000 neurons and billion synapses. Where EyeWire's data goes after mapping. Why are they building EyeWire, to learn why we are the way we are, we don't know how many types of cell are in the brain. The EyeWire tech stack. Building a community, media engagement, internships, competitions. Moving towards open source for parts of EyeWire. How they make money, or not! Future work, IARPA. Joining EyeWire or other citizen science projects, World VR forum, Games for Change.

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Links
EyeWire.org

#75 David Mead, Start With Why & Better Communication

Summary
David Mead of Start With Why talks about improving communication skills, leadership and handling conflict.

Details
David's role in Start With Why, Simon Sinek, David's own background. Starting with why, golden circle. What we do, how we do it, why we do it; without why it is much harder to differentiate ourselves. Most companies start with what, examples of companies that start with why. People like to be around people like them and believe what they believe. Imperfect companies can have a noble higher goal.
How can engineers improve their communication; it's a skill that can be learned; give people tasks and roles that inspire. Better communication across the whole organization, sharing the big picture. Simple tips to improve communication skills, set goals that are attainable with low risk. How to handle conflict, don't take a position against something, stand for something. Conflict as a useful tool to resolve issues. What to do if conflict has become the norm, get back to the why; what to do when "why" is not enough, "we can't fix people, we can provide the environment where they can be inspired to change themselves". Don't promote because of skill; when leading a team you are  responsible for the team not the job, "management is about getting stuff done, leadership is about people". Always keep an eye on the bigger picture.

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Links
startwithwhy.com

#74 Patrick Smacchia, NDepend

Summary
Patrick Smacchia creator of NDepend explains how this tool can improve the quality of your code.

Details
Who he is, what he does. Why he is interested in code quality. NDepend is 10 years old. Transitioning from free to commercial. What is static analysis. Comparing NDepend to other tools, Roslyn analyzer. Finding spaghetti code, all rules are linq queries. Measuring technical debt, estimating the cost of fixing the code vs leaving it alone. Call graphs, dependency matrix, tree map, code coverage. Visual Studio Team Services plugin, quality gates, comparing code coverage per release, testability and maintainability. NDepend can analyze dlls, it looks at the intermediate language. Patrick loves the book "CLR via C#", Bryan talks about the time Jeffrey Richter stared him down. Future work. Getting a free trial. How to really pronounce Smacchia.

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Links
ndepend.com

#73 Bill Wagner, Microsoft Documentation Service

Summary
Bill Wagner discusses the new Microsoft documentation service, a new way of learning about Microsoft's development offerings.

Details
Who he is, what he does, upcoming talks in Portland, Vermont, Boston and Sydney. The new .NET documentation project, why they are doing it, reorganizing the docs to help solve problems. New docs give more context, e.g. thread safety, advice on usage. Picking what to write about. Open to user contributions. Who keeps the docs up to date, internal pull requests; third party tools and platforms. Documentation for developers with non .NET backgrounds. Monitoring traffic to docs. Docs as a compliment to stack overflow. Bryan complains about lack of full samples - Bill talks about very a large example eShopOnContainers. Walkthroughs. How to request new docs. Why some of C# and .NET is not open source, process of open sourcing. Updates to Bill's books, invite to help with docs.

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Links
docs.microsoft.com

#72 Eric Schles, Fake News and How To Filter It With Big Data

Summary
Eric Schles talks about a set of tools he is building to identify and filter fake news stories.

Details
Who he is, a story on human trafficking. Importance of identifying "fake news". News Literacy Project, how Eric got involved. Manually categorizing news stories. Building software to do the job, metrics to identify "fake news", Stitch Fix, word distance map, comparing to the manual process. Eric loves Python, scraping. Other applications of tool, machine generating long form content, "machines writing books". Providing an API. Scaling to handle large volumes; Python 3.6; Asyncio and Kafka. Bias in the software; yellow journalism in 1890s and 1920s. How to help.

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Links
Eric's GitHub page
News Literacy Project