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On How Your Brain is Conspiring Against You Making Good Software

10.04.2017 at Node.js Interactive


Jenna Zeigen (Digital Ocean)

If there's anything that decades of psychology research have shown us, it's that human cognition is full of bias and fallacy. Even smart software engineers are not immune to being humans. In fact, there's so many things keeping us from being the best developers we could be, preventing us from planning our work effectively to assembling the best teams to being productive in that open office. This talk will go over pieces of psychological research in an effort to make people aware of how their minds work, how it’s making us worse at tech, and what we can do about it.
About Jenna Zeigen: One morning, Jenna awoke to find that she had transformed into a programmer. She's been psyched about coding ever since. She's currently swimming with JavaScript at DigitalOcean as the Engineering Manager for their Frontend Infrastructure team. When she's not teaching pixels to party or helping keep engineers happy, Jenna enjoys climbing, coffee, and cat gifs. Her best party trick is that she wrote the most serious academic paper of her life on puns.