Dave Karow

How My Six-Year-Old Daughter Learned to Code, Deploy, Release and Iterate

Creating a more diverse tech workspace requires a different kind of "pipeline" -- one that creates tech curiosity and a sense of mastery in underrepresented teammates from an early age.

Commodity hardware and DevOps principles can play a role.

I'll share how $65 of pre-integrated parts, small batch sizes and limiting WIP resulted in squeals of delight from my six-year-old daughter as she learned she could code, deploy, test and iterate until the software and hardware did what she wanted it to.

The key (and not just with six-year-olds) is fast cycle time! In sprints of 5-10 minutes each, she was able to write and deploy code, test, and iterate (all without handoffs or waiting for resources).

I'll end with a QR code for you to easily clone this idea for your own home and any community you are connected with.

Dave Karow

Build software faster without breaking things. Test what works (user behavior vs your opinion).

As Continuous Delivery Evangelist at Split Software, Dave speaks about feature flag strategies that connect progressive feature delivery with per-session observation of system health, user experience and user behavior. Dave grew up in Silicon Valley as it evolved from chips to software and then internet services, giving him a unique perspective on the long arc of technology evolution. Before joining Split, Dave evangelized the “shift left” of performance testing at BlazeMeter, helping dev teams ship faster with greater confidence.

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