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Speaker: Michael "Doc" Norton

Michael Norton (doc) partner with LeanDog out of Cleveland, OH where he is an Agile Coach and Activist. Michael's experience covers a wide range of development and project management topics. Michael declares expertise in no single language or methodology and is immediately suspicious of anyone who declares such expertise.



The Technical Debt Trap

Track: Software craftsmanship, friday 10:15 - 11:05

Technical Debt has become a catch-all phrase for any code that needs to be re-worked. Much like Refactoring has become a catch-all phrase for any activity that involves changing code.

These fundamental misunderstandings and comfortable yet mis-applied metaphors have resulted in a plethora of poor decisions.

What is technical debt?
What is not technical debt?
Why should we care?
What is the cost of misunderstanding?
What do we do about it?

Code samples presented in Ruby, Java, and C#

Take Control of Your Development Career

Track: Xtra(ck), wednesday 10:15 - 11:05

As developers, we tend to spend a lot of time focused on languages, frameworks, and tools. But few of us spend time thinking about our careers or personal growth. Michael talks about simple things you can do today that pay off in a big way tomorrow. Take control of your Development Career. Be the developer you wanted to be. It is easier than you might think.

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