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Jessica Kerr

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Latest 26 Nov 2022 | Updated Daily

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Jessica Kerr: How Some Shared Fun Time Increases Your Team's Productivity

With Great People: High-Performance Teams

In this episode, Richard interviews Jessica Kerr. Jessica is a software developer, popular public speaker, and a symmathecist. She tells us about symmathesy and observability and how they make our world develop faster and more harmoniously. When you finish listening to the episode, connect with Jessica on Twitter, visit her website at https://jessitron.com, or chat with her during her office hours at https://www.honeycomb.io/devrel/observability-office-hours/.You can read the transcript of the entire episode at https://kasperowski.com/podcast-90-jessica-kerr/.

44mins

2 Aug 2022

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Jessica Kerr on Software Teams and Software Products as Learning Systems

Engineering Culture by InfoQ

In this podcast, Shane Hastie spoke to Jessica Kerr about how software teams and software products are symmathesys – learning systems that are made up of learning parts. Read a transcript of this interview: https://bit.ly/3a9ThSbSubscribe to our newsletters:- The InfoQ weekly newsletter: https://bit.ly/24x3IVq- The Software Architects’ Newsletter [monthly]: https://www.infoq.com/software-architects-newsletter/Upcoming Events:QCon San Francisco:https://qconsf.com/- Oct 24-28, 2022- Oct 2-6, 2023InfoQ Live:https://live.infoq.com/- July 19, 2022- August 23, 2022QCon Plus online: https://plus.qconferences.com/- Nov 29 - Dec 9, 2022QCon London https://qconlondon.com/- March 26-31, 2023Follow InfoQ:- Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoQ- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/infoq- Facebook: https://bit.ly/2jmlyG8- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/infoqdotcom/- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/infoq

22mins

3 Jul 2022

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Jessica Kerr on Systems Thinking for Developers

Elixir Wizards

A superpower of software development is teaching our code to teach us what’s happening. This is observability, and it’s why Jessica Kerr works at Honeycomb, where she is a Developer Advocate. After twenty years as a developer, Jess sees software as a significant force in the world. As a symmathecist in the medium of code, she views development teams as learning systems made of both people and software. She believes that, if we allow the software to teach us, it becomes a better teammate and, if this process makes us into systems thinkers, we can be better people in the world! Today, Jess compares the way we work in teams to game design and we find out what she means by observability and how it can serve everybody on a team. She elaborates on the remarkable agency that software developers have and how the languages they use can empower them, especially when they aren’t having specific architecture imposed on them! We also touch on what being a polyglot means to Jess, the value of working with rather then against complexity, and what Jess means when she says a software team is the perfect example of a symmathesy, plus so much more, so make sure to tune in today for this fascinating conversation with Jessica Kerr! *Key Points From This Episode: * Jess starts by drawing an interesting comparison between teamwork and game design. Insight into her journey as a developer and how she was introduced to Elixir. Discover Jess’ connection to Elixir iteratees via Jose Valim! Her role at Honeycomb, the languages she uses, and what she means by observability. Why Jess believes that developers have agency and enormous power. Why the best language to use is the one that you and your team know best. The value of standardizing the platform rather than trying to dictate the language. How observability reveals connections and acts as one tool that serves everybody. Congressive versus ingressive behavior as per Dr. Eugenia Cheng. What being a polyglot means to Jess: accepting that others don’t think just like you do and actively learning from them. Working skillfully within complexity rather than trying to eliminate it. How people gain exposure to different languages at Honeycomb. The importance of understanding what architecture is being imposed on you. Jess’ favorite talk on symmathesy and why a software team in particular is a symmathesy. Opportunities and/or weaknesses that being in a polyglot environment can introduce. Ways you can connect with Jess and even sign up for a 30-minute chat with her! *Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: * Jessica Kerr — https://jessitron.com/ Jessica Kerr on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicakerr/ Jessica Kerr on Twitter — https://twitter.com/jessitron Honeycomb — https://www.honeycomb.io/ Schedule a Call with Jess — honeycomb.io/office-hours Games: Agency As Art — https://objectionable.net/games-agency-as-art/ OpenTelemetry — https://opentelemetry.io/ Matthew Skelton — https://blog.matthewskelton.net/ Team Topologies — https://teamtopologies.com/ QCon — https://plus.qconferences.com/ Keynote: ’The Language is the Least of It’ — https://youtu.be/nvV-4040xXI Dr Eugenia Cheng — http://eugeniacheng.com/ x + y — https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/eugenia-cheng/x-y/9781541646513/ 'Backend for frontend (BFF) pattern’ — https://medium.com/mobilepeople/backend-for-frontend-pattern-why-you-need-to-know-it-46f94ce420b0 Abstract syntax tree — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_syntax_tree Keynote: ‘Collective Problem Solving in Music, Science, Art, and Software’ — https://jessitron.com/2019/11/05/keynote-collective-problem-solving-in-music-science-art-and-software/ SmartLogic — https://smartlogic.io/ Special Guest: Jessica Kerr.

43mins

26 May 2022

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Interview with Jessica Kerr

Software Crafts Podcast

We host Jessica Kerr for this episode. She is challenged with the heuristic “Commit to the direction, be adaptive along the path” from the Simon Wardley Doctrine repository (https://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Commit_to_the_direction.2C_be_adaptive_along_the_path). She explains her own heuristic, “Having a quest” since often we are wrong about the path! The episode is a gold mine on heuristics, and there are a few more. Jessica recommends the following resources: Learn Wardley Map (https://learnwardleymapping.com/) Honeycomb (https://www.honeycomb.io/) Introduction To Observability (https://www.honeycomb.io/obs101/) Obliquity by John Kay Games: Agency As Art by C. Thi Nguyen  Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) is a developer advocate, software developer and symmathecist with 20+ years of experience. She has worked in enterprises and startups, in Java, Scala, Clojure, Ruby, and TypeScript. Talk to her about technical details, or about how to get software to teach us about its needs.

41mins

12 Apr 2022

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#41 Winning Over Application Developers: Agency not Autonomy - Interview w/ Jessitron (AKA Jessica Kerr)

Data Mesh Radio

Provided as a free resource by DataStax AstraDBPatreonTranscript for this episode (link) provided by Starburst. See their Data Mesh Summit recordings here (info gated)In this episode, Scott interviewed Jessica Kerr more widely known as Jessitron who is a Principal Developer Advocate at Honeycomb.io. Or as many affectionally refer to her, the Empress of Software. You're probably gonna enjoy this one :)Scott asked Jessitron on because she had a very pithy tweet about data mesh being "conscious design for unexpected use" and because she knows the developer mindset extremely well and many folks are having trouble working with the developers to get them bought in to sharing their data well.Jessitron started off by discussing one of the big issues with application development: despite the tooling and process advancements of the last 20 years, it's all somehow only made application development harder. So the starting advice is don't just add more to their plate. It probably won't go well!Her biggest point was giving application developers agency in how they share their data is key. Autonomy is just passing the responsibility over without the help. Application developers want guidance/direction to the target outcome, but they want to make the choices on how to achieve said target outcome while being given the resources to do so. The information and capability to do their job is key.For driving buy-in, start with the why, not the ask. Let them know why their data is valuable. And BE SPECIFIC! The conversation should be about their potential impact, not just the negative of "you changed this and it broke" but the aspirational. You want them to start thinking about how can you work together to enable them to share their data in a high context / highly meaningful way.Data mesh is going to be a big culture shift for application developers - you need to not just put something high priority on the backlog. You need to give them the space - meaning that they have enough points or whatever on their backlog - to really understand and learn how to share their data well. You have to focus on teaching them how - possibly via an internal hackathon to start building that muscle - or possibly even a cross functional pair programming-like initiative to show each other your ways of working and share knowledge. Also, show them the impact they are having along the way as they get going, that will motivate them to do more.Be very conscious of language. The interview with the NAV team building the application platform talked about this a lot. Application developers and data people don't speak the same language. Work with them to put it into their language. Jessitron pithy tweet: https://twitter.com/jessitron/status/1471352190149087233Jessitron Twitter: @jessitron / https://twitter.com/jessitronJessitron emails: jessitron @ gmail.com OR jessitron @ honeycomb.ioJessitron Presentation: Principles of Collaborative Automation: https://jessitron.com/2020/08/03/talk-principles-of-collaborative-automation/Jessitron blog post: To share the work, share the decisions: https://jessitron.com/2022/02/01/to-share-the-work-share/Book mentioned: Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies by César A. HidalgoData Mesh Radio is hosted by Scott Hirleman. If you want to connect with Scott, reach out to him at community at datameshlearning.com or on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scotthirleman/If you want to learn more and/or join the Data Mesh Learning Community, see here: https://datameshlearning.com/community/If you want to be a guest or give feedback (suggestions for topics, comments, etc.), please see hereAll music used this episode created by Lesfm (intro includes slight edits by Scott Hirleman): https://pixabay.com/users/lesfm-22579021/Data Mesh Radio is brought to you as a community resource by DataStax. Check out their high-scale, multi-region database offering (w/ lots of great APIs) and use code DAAP500 for a free $500 credit (apply under "add payment"): AstraDB

1hr 4mins

14 Mar 2022

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Jessica Kerr on Observability and Honeycomb's Use of AWS Lambda for Retriever

The InfoQ Podcast

In this podcast Charles Humble talks to Jessica Kerr about Honeycomb's architecture and use of Serverless, specifically AWS Lambda, as part of their custom column database system called Retriever. They also explore key differences between Retriever and Facebook’s Scuba, and how Honeycomb differs from traditional APM tools.You can read the transcript here: https://bit.ly/3hAcaOcSubscribe to our newsletters:- The InfoQ weekly newsletter: https://bit.ly/24x3IVq- The Software Architects’ Newsletter [monthly]: https://www.infoq.com/software-architects-newsletter/Upcoming Events:QCon London:https://qconlondon.com/- April 4-6, 2022- March 26-31, 2023QCon Plus online: https://plus.qconferences.com/- May 10-20, 2022- Nov 29 - Dec 9, 2022QCon San Francisco:https://qconsf.com/- Oct 24-28, 2022- Oct 2-6, 2023InfoQ Live:https://live.infoq.com/- June 21, 2022- July 19, 2022- August 23, 2022Follow InfoQ:- Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoQ- LinkedIn: https:// www.linkedin.com/company/infoq- Facebook: https://bit.ly/2jmlyG8- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/infoqdotcom/- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/infoq

29mins

2 Mar 2022

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How Software keeps Evolving and is never Done with Jessica Kerr

Beyond Coding

Software has become much more like biology nowadays. It's much more about the interactions and about evolving with the outside world. Some of the topics we cover this episode, in order: ☑️ How software evolves ☑️ Is software doomed to become legacy? ☑️ Rewrite vs Revamp… or both? ☑️ Developers love having impact ☑️ Shared ownership and the software lifecycle My favourite takeaways from Jessica this episode: - Rewrite vs Revamp. Why not both?! It doesn’t look efficient, but it’s a lot more cost effective than only working on the rewrite and then throwing it away two years later. - What we do has evolved and is more analogous to biology than it is to physics. It used to be about getting the computer to solve this logic problem for you. And now it’s much more about the interactions. More Jessica: https://jessitron.com/ Enjoy!

44mins

26 Jan 2022

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Who makes judges? | Jessica Kerr

TED Talks Daily (HD video)

What qualifies someone to become a judge? The answer is surprisingly vague and even taboo to discuss. Lawyer Jessica Kerr sifts through the murky, mysterious process that sits at the center of the Commonwealth judicial system in countries like Australia -- and makes the case for "judge school," a legal education better fit to bring justice, legitimacy and public trust to any court.

12mins

2 Jun 2021

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Who makes judges? | Jessica Kerr

TED Talks Daily

What qualifies someone to become a judge? The answer is surprisingly vague and even taboo to discuss. Lawyer Jessica Kerr sifts through the murky, mysterious process that sits at the center of the Commonwealth judicial system in countries like Australia -- and makes the case for "judge school," a legal education better fit to bring justice, legitimacy and public trust to any court.

12mins

2 Jun 2021

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Who makes judges? | Jessica Kerr

TED Talks Daily (SD video)

What qualifies someone to become a judge? The answer is surprisingly vague and even taboo to discuss. Lawyer Jessica Kerr sifts through the murky, mysterious process that sits at the center of the Commonwealth judicial system in countries like Australia -- and makes the case for "judge school," a legal education better fit to bring justice, legitimacy and public trust to any court.

12mins

2 Jun 2021

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