STUCKness: Zen and the Art of Software Development

> Stuck. No answer. Honked. Kaput. It's a miserable experience emotionally. You're losing time. You're incompetent. You don't know what you're doing. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should take the machine to a real mechanic who knows how to figure these things out.

-- Robert Pirsig, *Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance*

Pirsig makes zero mention of software in his book. Yet he narrates the development experience tangibly--tell me you’ve never felt this way before.

Let's talk about why we get **stuck**, how it cows us into feeling like imposters, and what we can do to dispatch it more effectively (even to use it to our advantage) and make great software fast anyway.

Feedback from attendees:

"Jon painted a great piece of art. I loved the slides, I loved the content... I loved how it made me think differently."

"This talk made me rethink what I am and what I want to do."

"I've got a new perspective and renewed vigor on my forever journey."

"You're obviously a very talented speaker."

"Always a great speaker! Did a great job keeping us engaged even after lunch, usually a tough spot."

"Make him a permanent speaker every year. Seriously."

"Mindblowing. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it did offer a different perspective."

"I really enjoyed this - I am not a developer but work with developer. What you teach applies to everyone."

"Off the wall way to clearly say what I have experienced as a developer. I can use this for my developers on scrum team."

Jon Fazzaro

I help people make software cheaper and safer to change.

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

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