Ben Collins-Sussman

Ben Collins-Sussman
Engineering Manager, Google, Inc.

Website | @sussman

Ben Collins-Sussman is one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, and co-authored O’Reilly’s “Version Control with Subversion” book and more recently O’Reilly’s “Team Geek: a Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others.”

Ben co-founded Google’s engineering office in Chicago, ported Subversion to Google’s Bigtable platform, led Google Code’s Project Hosting team, and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate Network. Prior to joining Google, Ben was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet. He has been an active open source contributor for over twelve years, contributing to projects related to version control and gaming.

Ben collects hobbies which tend to explore the tension between art and science. He has given numerous talks about the social challenges of software development. He writes interactive fiction games and tools, and was the co-winner of the 15th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. He has co-authored several original musicals and received multiple awards for musical theater composition. He has an Extra-class FCC license for amateur radio, and also spends time learning DSLR photography and playing bluegrass banjo. Ben is a proud native of Chicago, and holds Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago with a major in Mathematics and minor in Linguistics. He still lives in Chicago with his wife, kids, and cats.

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Geek Lifestyle
Location: D138
Brian Fitzpatrick (Google, Inc.), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.)
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We often hear engineers lament how hard it is to get anything done inside of a big company. The trick to overcoming this is to know the right people, understand how power flows in the organization, and, most importantly, what you can get away with and when. We'll help you understand the human element of navigating companies both big and small through a series of (hopefully) amusing anecdotes. Read more.
Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.)
After spending 5 years being paid to write Subversion and "manage a community of volunteers" in IRC, I eventually changed jobs and moved to Google in 2005. In a fit of sadism, I wrote an IRC bot to replace myself -- without telling anyone -- and waited to see how long to took people to notice. Hilarity ensued.

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