The Art of Technical Decision Making

Developers are bombarded with technical decisions every day. What language should I learn? What framework should I use? What software will make my life easier? The list goes on and on. A simple decision can have rippling effects in your organization, both good and bad. Technical decision making isn’t so much about which tool to pick, rather what problem to solve. In this presentation, we explore various approaches to technical decision making, including techniques for gathering and evaluating information, strategies for managing uncertainty and risk, and methods for involving and engaging team members. We also discuss best practices for evaluating the success and effectiveness of technical decisions. The aim is to provide a practical guide for technical leaders looking to improve their decision making skills and make more effective technical decisions.

Take Aways
- Learning how to make the right decisions for your project / team.
- Techniques for gathering and evaluating information.
- Strategies for managing risk.
- We all make wrong decisions despite our best effort.

This talk has been given at THAT Conference TX 2023.

J.D. Hillen

Software Engineer II @ Garmin

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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