Adam Tornhill

Adam Tornhill

CTO at Empear, Sweden

Adam is a programmer that combines degrees in engineering and psychology. He’s the founder of Empear where he designs tools for software analysis. He’s also the author of Your Code as a Crime Scene, has written the popular Lisp for the Web and self-published a book on Patterns in C. His other interests include modern history, music and martial arts.

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A Crystal Ball to Prioritize Technical Debt

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Most organizations find it hard to prioritize and repay their technical debt, and the main reason is the scale of modern systems with million lines of code and multiple development teams; No one has a holistic overview. So what if we could mine the collective intelligence of all contributing programmers and start to make decisions based on data from how the organization actually works with the code? This session introduces one such approach with the potential to change how we view software systems.

In this session you get an introduction to techniques that help us uncover both problematic code as well as the social dimension of the teams that build your software. The techniques are based on software evolution and findings from various fields within psychology. This combination lets you prioritize the parts of your system that benefit the most from improvements, detect organizational issues and make practical decisions guided by data. Each point is illustrated with a case study from a real-world codebase. This is a new perspective on software development that will change how you work with code.