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Simplicity As A Superpower: Navigating The Complexity Maze In Software Development

Sarah Taraporewalla | YOW! Perth 2023

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In today's fast-paced and interconnected world, complexity is all around us. As software developers, we often find ourselves dealing with complex systems, intricate requirements, and ever-changing technologies. Surprisingly, it is the pursuit of simplicity that often proves to be the most challenging aspect of our work.

In this thought-provoking talk, we dive deep into the concept of simplicity and explore why it can be more difficult to achieve than we might initially think. By examining real-world examples and drawing from the speaker’s experience, we explore how our inherent biases, our love for intricate solutions, and the allure of complexity often blind us to the elegance and power of simplicity. We discuss how simplicity enhances maintainability, reduces cognitive load, and leads to more robust and resilient systems. We also explore the psychological aspects behind our affinity for complexity and how we can overcome the barriers that prevent us from simplifying our solutions.

You will leave with practical strategies and techniques that can help you embrace simplicity in your day-to-day work. From the art of minimalism in code to the importance of clear communication and design, we uncover actionable steps that can guide us towards simpler, more elegant solutions.

Challenge your assumptions, question the status quo, and emerge with a renewed appreciation for the intricate dance between complexity and simplicity.

About the speakers

Sarah Taraporewalla
Sarah Taraporewalla

Principal Technologist at Thoughtworks Australia