Title: Deliberate Practice for Programmers

Joe Zack

Joe Zack

Target Audience: All skill levels

In this talk I'll be discussing the modern science of deliberate practice, popularized in recent books like "Peak", "Practice Perfect", and "Outliers". I'll highlight the best lessons from these sources and from other professions, and then I'll focus on how they can be applied to software engineering. After introducing the topic, I'll go over some concrete and easily measurable examples of how to improve. Then I'll spend the rest of the time looking at how other professions cope with skills that are not so easy to measure, and show how we can adapt those practices for software engineering.

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