Nick Centonze

Nick Centonze

Lead Engineering Manager - Revenue Cycle Scheduling

Passionate about solving tough problems, leading people and learning new things.  14 years at Cerner.  Currently leading leaders in Revenue Cycle Scheduling.

Current sessions

Overcoming the Tyranny of Technical Debt

In the last few years, Revenue Cycle Scheduling has turned a corner in the way that we treat technical debt. We have been absolutely crushing our defect backlog, being pro-active in finding new issues, and knocking out thousands of hours of wasted time in builds and process. You might wonder how we get time to do all of this?

This session will explore our decision to allocate 20% of our engineering time for addressing technical debt, including some specific data to prove that the move has been well worth it. This talk will benefit anyone contemplating an increased investment in their technical debt, anyone looking to improve overall quality of their solution, and anyone wanting to understand the factors involved in choosing to invest in technical debt. We will explore the rationale and perspective of multiple roles involved in this journey for our organization in an attempt to help you build the case you need to successfully push for more effectively reducing your own technical debt backlog.


14 Lessons Learned from 14 Years in Software Development

In my 14-year journey at Cerner I have moved from new college graduate, to software engineer, to leader of development team, to leader of leaders. How I work and think has changed a ton over this time. I get bored easily, so I am constantly trying new techniques to improve. Some changes have stuck, others are long forgotten. The most impactful change I made was starting to regularly listen to books 3 years ago. Since then, I have listened to 40 books focused mainly on productivity, leadership, culture, communication, and habits.

I have distilled my 749 hours of listening to books and 14 years in software development down to 14 lessons/habits I wish I had known sooner. While I cannot go back in time and convince the old Nick to get out of bed earlier, stop interrupting people and to keep his inbox at 0, I do hope I can encourage a small change that will make you happier, less stressed and more productive.

Audience : These lessons and habits will be applicable to all roles and experience levels. Something for everyone.


Past and future events

Cerner DevCon US 2021

28 Jul - 29 Jul 2021