Jon Fazzaro

Information & Communications Technology

Agile Coaching Extreme Programming Business Agility Zen

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

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:

"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

Software Craftsman/Full Stack Agile Coach/Advanced Beginner, probably off looking for a cup of coffee right now. he/him

Jon took the whole nerd thing pro back at the turn of the century, and has been slinging code with Aptera since 2008. He holds an MCSD, a PSM, a PSD, a PSPO, and is a BMF besides. These days, he may or may not be unhealthily consumed with building sustainable software, and with building teams that build sustainable software. Whatever you do, don’t follow @jonfazzaro.


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

"Wow! Excellent. One of the best speakers embracing a change mindset."

"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."

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