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How Not to Release Software

Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
Programming
Location: Portland 252
Average rating: ****.
(4.19, 16 ratings)

You’ve seen a million best practice talks. In this session I’ll review mistakes that were made and lessons learned. Come laugh, groan, and cringe, as we review:

- When scope doesn’t just creep, it gallops

- Death sprints: the agile way to approach a death march

- Testing: how to do an abysmal job and how to do a good enough job to feel wildly overconfident. Bonus: how to make your software untestable!

- Configuration and database migrations (as if the code wasn’t hard enough)

- How to make operations hate you by requiring encyclopaedic knowledge to push out a release

Attendees will leave confident that they will never make these mistakes (again). They’ll make new and original ones instead.

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Laura Thomson

Mozilla Corporation

Laura Thomson is a Senior Software Engineer at Mozilla Corporation on the web team, after spending much of the previous decade as a consultant and trainer on various Open Source technologies.

Laura is the co-author of “PHP and MySQL Web Development” and “MySQL Tutorial”. She is a veteran speaker at Open Source conferences world wide.

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Jessamyn Smith
07/30/2011 12:22pm PDT

Great points, well presented.

Michael Walker
07/29/2011 11:19am PDT

Fantastic presentation