„Optimizing for developer happiness“

Recently saw a very interesting talk by Chad Dickerson, CTO of „Etsy“, given on the RailsConf 2011. He claims that things, the way they do them, should not work – yet they seem to.

Some facts:

  • everyone is working on trunk
  • direct deploy (avg. 21 mins from commit) by all 70 engineers -> „satisfaction of the finished product“
  • using Jenkins (under 3 mins build time?)
  • using IRC for everyone
  • Jenkins bot posts build results on IRC

One Response to “„Optimizing for developer happiness“”

  1. Christof sagt:

    IRC and it’s bots are one of the most underrated tools. The bigger a development team becomes the more sense it makes in my opinion. Mailing lists and web tools just can’t replace it.

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