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17: Jasmine Merchant & Robert Ouellette

Sep 2, 2016

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Drink:

Cuba Libre, Maker's Mark

Topics:

Why so many people hate their managers. What is Agile? Jasmine vs. Karma. A comparison between an orchestra and a software engineering team. A case for and against lean teams. Being a woman in a male dominant industry. The 'three Ps' that will guarantee success in any industry.

Quotes of the night:

  • "A good piece of software, whether it's procedural or object oriented, it has a form, it has a rhythm, it has a pulse. Everybody talks about the event loop, that's your pulse."
  • "The term 'agile', implies to a business owner or a product owner that well, you are agile so you can change whenever I want you to change, and in reality it's meant to be the exact opposite."
  • "Estimation is hard to get right because everybody has competing interests when they go into an estimation session."
  • "I have met so many people that are exceptionally capable of doing anything that they want to do, but they limit themselves because their family wants them to do something or the society they come from expects them to do something. That should not be the case."
  • "Agile, in simple words, is immunity to change. It means consistently changing to a better way of improving people with the process."

Skip To:

  • 0:53 - The Drinks
  • 1:18 - About Jasmine
  • 2:30 - About Bob
  • 4:16 - Why do so many musicians ends up writing software for a living?
  • 6:12 - About working together and what it is that makes it work
  • 14:47 - What is Agile?
  • 17:52 - A case against lean software development
  • 21:48 - The most underrated quality of an engineer
  • 32:22 - Why do so many people hate their managers?
  • 36:40 - Compare an orchestra to a dev team
  • 39:12 - Transformation from construction/architecture to software
  • 41:49 - The 'three Ps', 3 things any scrum master/PM should know
  • 45:47 - Would you encourage women to get into the software business?
  • 50:11 - Have you learned anything about working well with men that has surprised you?
  • 54:18 - Why is estimation so hard to get right?
  • 55:52 - Jasmine vs. Karma
  • 1:01:12 - What is the biggest change in the way we will build software in the next 10 years?
  • 1:03:40 - A message to JR
  • 1:03:58 - QUESTIONNAIRE
  • 1:04:17 - What role would you take on if there was a production issue and that person was out on vacation?
  • 1:04:54 - Happy hour, code, brunch!
  • 1:07:40 - If you had to pick a different career, what would it be?
  • 1:08:22 - What do you suck at?
  • 1:09:50 - What do you hate about web development? (while imitating each other lol)
  • 1:11:14 - Coolest thing you worked on?
  • 1:12:55 - Greatest mess up?
  • 1:15:23 - As a consumer of technology what are you most excited about?
  • 1:17:02 - What advise do you have for your 19 year old self?
  • 1:18:45 - Shoutouts
  • 1:19:31 - Outro
  • About Jasmine:
  • Jasmine is a Scrum Master at MasterCard for multiple teams focusing on Masterpass chameleon web project.
  • Before coming to software development she was an architect.
  • She worked for the famous billionaire David Walentas, a.k.a the man who redesigned and rebuilt Dumbo. She was in charge of implementing his designs for multiple projects in New York City.
  • In her own words: She has never not delivered a product on time.
  • She has been to 25+ countries around the world.
  • About Bob:
  • Bob is a Business Leader, Digital payments Technologies at MasterCard which is equivalent to Sr. Director of Technology.
  • He was a Director of Technology, Ads & Reporting at Viacom.
  • Before that he was at AOL for 14 years, moving from Software Engineer to Tech Manager.
  • He is also a singer, both classical and musical theater.
  • He was a professional musician for 7 years before becoming a software engineer, including choral/orchestral conductor.
  • He is a member of the Bergen County Players.
  • He is scarily into Liverpool.
  • Bob @ LinkedIn
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