Performance beyond improv
The history of humankind can be looked at through many lenses, including performance. But let’s not limit ourselves only to Gbps, GHz, IOPS, or CPUs’ instructions per cycle. Look wider than digital—even wider than technology—with Daniel Drozdzewski.
It was the increased capacity of our brains together with improved vocal abilities that helped create languages and kick-started our species. Epochs and eras are punctuated by increased ability to feed humankind, our ever-improving tools to harness the energy, our increasing ability to make better tools, allowing us to have more time to think and imagine further improvements. This accelerating virtuous cycle continued and made us undisputed champions of the world in all domains imaginable (sometimes to our detriment).
As you can see, merely scratching the surface shows that performance is an interesting angle to look at things around us in general.
Having appreciated the wider and all-encompassing benefits of performance, let’s bring the topic back to software delivery. Let’s look at what tools are available, what techniques can be applied, and how little it takes for a team to become mature and confident about performance. You’ll see other (often fuzzier and less tangible) benefits of increased performance on a team and the product.
What you'll learn
- Learn why performance is an important metric
Daniel Drozdzewski is a technical lead at Scott Logic, a bespoke software consultancy based in the UK. He’s sometimes funny (always trying!) and a Polish (by birth and formative years), British (by where home is), and Irish (by marriage) cultures blender. He took his first steps in technology by writing Minesweeper in C64 Basic back in the early 90s. After formal schooling and studies revolving around digital technology, he entered the world of software development and has been riding Moore’s Law wave for last 13 years. Previously, his career took him to startups and big corporations, developing software for mobile, desktop, and backend in a number of different technologies, but with very strong presence in Java and distributed and data processing. He has also been involved in setting up the Agile Yorkshire meetup back in 2007 (it was called eXtreeme Programming Club back then) and is the owner of (very quite recently) the Agilist Google User group. He’s a father of two girls and a husband to one very understanding Irish lady, a passionate cook, very keen but bad dancer, loves to travel and meet people, read books and watch movies.
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