Real Software Engineering

Glenn Vanderburg (
Location: Ballroom II Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 50 ratings)

Software engineering as it’s taught in universities simply doesn’t work. It doesn’t
produce software systems of high quality, and it doesn’t produce them for low cost.
Sometimes, even when practiced rigorously, it doesn’t produce systems at all.

That’s odd, because in every other field, the term “engineering” is reserved for
methods that work.

What then, does real software engineering look like? How can we consistently
deliver high-quality systems to our customers and employers in a timely fashion
and for a reasonable cost? In this session, we’ll discuss where software engineering
went wrong, and build the case that disciplined Agile methods, far from being
“anti-engineering” (as they are often described), actually represent the best of
engineering principles applied to the task of software development.

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Glenn Vanderburg

Glenn Vanderburg is vice president of engineering at Previously, he was a software engineer and chief architect at LivingSocial. Glenn has been programming Ruby since 2001.

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Braulio Carreno
06/11/2010 7:12pm EDT

In my opinion, the best session of RailsConf.

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Christopher Redinger
06/10/2010 5:54pm EDT

Glenn is a consistently excellent speaker. Always worth going to one of his talks.

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Shirley Bailes
06/09/2010 11:12am EDT

@mick: no, no recording, but the slides are available above.

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Mick Hewitt
06/09/2010 11:03am EDT

Was there a video recording of this presentation? I’m really sad I missed it.

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Michael MacDonald
06/08/2010 7:01pm EDT

Thoroughly enjoyed your talk Glenn!

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