Presentation: It's People, Stupid (People Are Stupid?)

Track: Building Great Engineering Cultures & Organizations

Location: Whittle, 3rd flr.

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Beginner

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Andy’s proposition is that the reason things fail is usually people, not technology. Human beings are operating a 'broken machine'. There is a way forward, however: learning how to get more deterministic outcomes with meat puppets is a worthwhile investment of time- especially to understand the conditions that make engineering thrive. Based on Andy's experiences coaching Google teams, this varied and provocative discussion includes themes on ‘the broken human machine’, the ‘authority delusion’, defusing ‘difficult’ situations, debugging team scenarios through transactional analysis, and .. why crocodiles drive Ferraris (!).

Speaker: Andy Walker

Engineering Manager @Google

Andy Walker has been doing software engineering for over 25 years. He's been at Google for the last 10 years and has run engineering teams working search, ads and recently maps. In his (mythical) 20% time he teaches courses in human behaviour and coaches Google teams around identifying dysfunctional behaviours and adopting more positive ones. In his spare time he occasionally runs a long way and has, what is probably, an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars.

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