We all want to stay ahead of the curve - after all, that's what you go to a conference for. But have you ever considered how being ahead of the curve might be dangerous?
Using a new language before you understand it, putting a technology into production so you can learn it, abandoning "old practices" before you've got the benefit from them… These things are common practice, under the guise of Progress and Keeping Up To Date.
But while we shouldn't be running around like headless chickens chasing the next Shiny New Thing, we do need to see to our Continuous Learning and, of course, we should Embrace Change.
How do we balance these two extremes? And how do we see to our own growth and learning as techies while meeting the needs of our project, team and organisation?
- The Lead Developer (2015) - 20 min version
- GOTO Berlin (2014) - "Party Keynote"
Also presented at:
- SpringOne 2021
- Craft Conf 2016
- Agile Manchester 2016
I'll leave you with this crude decision chart and the mind-map of potential ways to play with a technology. Remember, learning to say "no" to a technology can be very powerful.
Related talks and content from me
This talk was built off an earlier blog post I wrote, about how to decide which technologies to invest your personal time in. The talk also references:
- Presentation: Real World Java 9
- Presentation: Level Up Your Automated Tests
- IntelliJ IDEA Guide: Writing Tests with Spock
- IntelliJ IDEA Guide: Writing JUnit 5 Tests
- Blogs: Spock
- Tutorial: Reactive Spring Boot
- Video: Testcontainers – From Zero to Hero
- Docker: my colleague Dalia has done some excellent videos on Docker
- Another colleague, Helen, has also written about How can you stay ahead of the curve as a developer?
Ancient code from the earlier version
- An example of how not to implement lambdas
Mind Map of Approaches
Either join us live, or watch the recording, as Dalia, Helen, Mala and I discuss the topic:
If you liked my take on "Staying Ahead of the Curve" at #SpringOne (or even if you disagree with me!), join me and the team (@HelenJoScott @DaliaShea @eMalaGupta) as we discuss the topic in our Live Stream this month https://t.co/xKDumSQdrL
— Trisha Gee (@trisha_gee) September 1, 2021