Striving to be effective rather than comfortable
Conway’s Law states an organization will design systems that reflect that organization’s communication structure. In other words, how we make a product manifests in the product itself. Is it any surprise that overall our industry is terrible at accessibility? It’s illogical to expect that accessible products would spring forth from an inaccessible developer experience. Extreme Programming Explained reminds us, “Software development teams where everyone is alike, while comfortable, are not effective.” In this session, we will explore the idea of an accessible developer experience as a way of leaning into the XP principles of Humanity and Diversity.
Meet Our Agile Tech Talk Panelists
Dave Dame is the Director of Accessibility at Microsoft. He is passionate about designing and developing hardware and software for users of all abilities and has extensive experience in design thinking, product management, and agile delivery. Dave is a champion for accessibility (a11y) and builds high-performing teams fostering cognitive diversity and inclusion. He’s led a number of large-scale agile transformations and specializes in creating a workforce that is engaged in what and how they are driving long-term sustainability and efficiency of releasing software.
Alicia Jarvis is a diversity, equity & Inclusion researcher and strategist. She is a creative force for change and thought-leader, offering a positive perspective and innovative solutions to complex problems relating to universal usability. By day, you’ll find Alicia enabling and empowering teams at Scotia Digital. She solves problems at the intersection where business goals, human needs, & technology meet. Alicia is IAAP certified in Accessibility Core Competencies and also a Certified Scrum Master.
Jimmy Judd is a passionate, full-stack software engineer with decades of experience. He is always up for a new challenge, most recently learning more about DevOps practices and tooling including Spinnaker, Kubernetes, etc. In addition to being an accomplished developer, Jimmy is a generous teammate who spends a great deal of his time mentoring junior devs, and driving partnerships across teams. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys drinking a lot of coffee, reading about physics, and trying out new restaurants around the Seattle area.
Alexandre Freire specializes in building awesome teams, teaching modern agile software engineering as a developer, agile coach, manager, and executive. Working with companies like Locaweb, GE, HP, GM, IBM, Ford, Yahoo, and Netflix, he’s improved the team’s performance and business outcomes. Recently he helped Nubank, the largest fintech in the world outside Asia, scale from 100 to 1000 engineers as Sr. Director of Engineering. He also led their Diversity and Inclusion working group, helping the company attract, hire and include people from underrepresented populations.
What are Agile Tech Talks?
Formerly known as deliver:Agile Live!, Agile Tech Talks are monthly virtual sessions that explore technical topics and focus on how to support Agile practitioners and grow good Agile engineering practices. We’re keeping the spirit of the deliver:Agile conference, and turning it into an ongoing series of talks and workshops throughout the year. This series is FREE for Agile Alliance members.