Asher Glynn

Asher is a consultant with over 20 years experience in the IT industry, and will use the most appropriate technology at hand, be that Scala or Java, Javascript and when pushed Visual Basic and Excel. With strong hands on knowledge of performance and scale, exposure to platforms from mainframes to mobiles has taught him an appreciation for the subtleties of applying technology to difficult problems - be they technical or people challenges. Asher has had experience in a variety of organisations ranging from the BBC, GSMA, Betfair, Equens, Close Brothers and the TAB to small startups.

NewCrafts 2016


Crafty Communications - dealing with the pesky people parts of development

  • talk
  • Life
  • Craftsmanship

From pocket watches to great cathedrals, craftsmen created wonders of the age. While individual skill, repetition and accomplishment was important, communication between the great craftsmen was key.

This talk will explore communications between coders, some of the personality challenges and interactions with normal people.

We will explore the use of code reviews (specifically Reviewing for Intent) in establishing a common culture and set of values which can adapt with changing conditions (and contrast against fixed standards), contrast whether you should use experts or novices in reviews (and the extra challenges from functional programming!) and attack the tricky issue of over engineering with a simple metrics based approach.

We will then revisit some of the personality types - the princess programmer, the desperate dev, the cunning customer - who make a crafted solution such a challenge, and see where clear communication can (sometimes) turn an adversary into an ally, and look at the role of respect in crafting the right solution.

Room: Sagres - Time: 5/13/2016 1:45:00 PM