Last week I gave a talk at Makers Academy about Writing less code. This is something that I feel like I’m only just starting to understand in my long career as a developer — that actually, my job isn’t to write code, but really my job is to solve problems (and code is just one of the tools I have at my disposal).
You can see the presentation I gave below.
Topics I cover
- solving problems without writing any code
- why 3rd party tools aren’t as expensive as you think they are
- getting non-coders to help you
- doing it manually first before writing code (and how we did it at Lexoo)
Caution: you must be able to understand New Zealandish.
I was very impressed with what I saw at Makers Academy — the students (or Makers as they’re called) were actually building things. They weren’t sitting in classrooms being subjected to boring lectures, they were tasked with actually making real-life practical projects.
They don’t just accept any old joker onto the program — they do an intro interview to make sure you’ve got what it takes to be a Maker (crucially, they’re interested in having the right attitude rather than a technical background.)
Also, interestingly, they’re treating the coursework like any other agile project. After each cohort, Makers Academy do a company-wide retrospective to discuss what could be improved and then apply those learnings to the next iteration of the course, and to the company as a whole. This means that someone who trained with Makers a year ago will have a different experience than those who are starting today.
I’m bound to hire one of these bright young things from Makers Academy one day down the line — and I’m sure/certain they’ll have a bunch to teach me too!