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The seven deadly sins of Debt

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The seven deadly sins of Debt

Time: December 3, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: THINK Company is downtown
Street: 1315 Walnut Street #205
City/Town: Phila PA
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Event Type: meeting, ruby, technical, debt
Organized By: Philly.Rb
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2019

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Event Description

Philly Rb Meetup Group
is talking about


Tuesday Dec 3
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
( Philadelphia East)
1315 Walnut Street #201
Phila PA

and the Philly Ruby Meetup Group

Speaker Brian McElaney of the Think Company

"Software projects accumulate many kinds of debt. Each debt comes in the form of smal qualitative shortcomings we ( knowingly or unknowingly ) choose to ignore in the name of shipping.

They cause friction - and over time, they can combine to easily grind momentum to a halt if left unchecked.

While these kinds of debt can in fact be useful ( if not necessary ) to creating software, teams need to understand the nature of their shortcomings to prevent "velocity bankruptcy"

In this talk, we'll discuss the nature of process debt by using classical ideas related to "Unproductive behavior" as a guide: hitting on shortcomings in culture, empathy, discipline, morale, organization, preparedness, and requirements.

We'll discuss examples, tips on identifying the risks in your own projects, and how to decide when to avoid, mitigate - or accept and track these risks.


Brian McElaney (or just Mac) has lead engineering teams building everything from medical device monitoring systems to foreign exchange trading platforms. He currectly runs the technology team at Think Company - a user experience design firm in Philly focused on enterprise softwrea, process, and service design. When he's not coding, Mac cooks competitively, drinks wine professionally as a Level 3 Comm, pretends to like parades, and feels that brunch should be protected by law.

Sponsors are Promptworks, Think Company, and Ombu Labs.

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