Adam Tornhill

Adam Tornhill

Adam Tornhill is a programmer who 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 Software Design X-Rays, the best selling Your Code as a Crime Scene, Lisp for the Web, and Patterns in C.
Adam's other interests include modern history, music, and martial arts.

Keynote: A Crystal Ball To Prioritize Technical Debt

Most organizations find it hard to prioritize and repay their technical debt. The main reason is due to 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.

You'll 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.