A Teacher, an Economist and a Developer Walk Into a Bar...

Adele Carpenter | GOTO Amsterdam 2023


Have you ever wondered what a teacher, economist or actor could teach you about software development?

As software developers, we often lean on heuristics and truths that we collect throughout our career. For example: start small and scale up later, iterate and ship often, failure is learning, good enough is good enough. These are actually pretty powerful insights that can be applied in other areas and not just in software development.

So what about these other areas, like teaching, economics and acting? What do people in these industries and professions just “know”? And can we apply it to software development? This talk takes a lighthearted look at several different professions and pulls these insights together to offer you a fresh perspective on your work.

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