After 20 years building a successful software development career, my life fell apart. Deconstructing how it happened revealed surprising parallels between how I had approached building a career and family, and how I had designed software. At the root of all I found a pervasive misconception I’ve come to call the “transactional fallacy”: the tensomethingdency to perceive and model processes as if they are transactions.

Join me for an honest, sometimes raw reflection on two decades of software development and life. We’ll examine how personal philosophy impacts software design—and vice-versa. We’ll encounter the Transactional Fallacy, and how it can hinder our attempts to build resilient systems. And we’ll explore how a graceful, process-oriented mindset can lead to both better code and a more joyful life.

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