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Talk: General System Theory

General System Theory is the field of study dedicated to understanding, analyzing, and manipulating complex systems. It provides an unparalleled toolset for explaining and discussing systems of all sizes and it is one of the most important and yet most unknown areas of study in software development. In this talk, I'll be giving an introduction to general systems thinking as it applies to software-driven systems and I'll use it as a framework to talk about my current work building a distributed system orchestration application.


Hallie Parry is a lead developer at Salesforce.com, specializing in architecting and implementing self-assembling distributed systems. Previously, she conceptualized, founded, and led the Sniper Team -- Salesforce’s answer to the Mythical Man Month. The Sniper Team is a group of expert developers so well versed in Salesforce’s code base that they can work in any feature area on the Salesforce platform. The team provides architectural design and development capacity to other teams that need it on a release-by-release basis. It succeeded so well that every CTO now has their own Sniper team. Additionally, she founded their internal documentation initiative and successfully eliminated the formerly ubiquitous "my build is broken" emails that used to go to the whole department. She has a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the talk Hallie! What are the books you'd recommend on general systems theory? I neglected to make note of them from your slides!

    April 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hallie did a great job giving a high level understanding of General System Theory and how it can apply to you.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Mee W. T.

    Hallie,
    Thank you for the great presentation.

    Mee T.

    April 28, 2014

  • Hallie P.

    Thanks everyone for coming out! I am big on constructive criticism. If you have feedback, send it my way.

    April 28, 2014

    • Hallie P.

      halloran (dot) parry (at) gmail (dot) com

      April 28, 2014

  • Katherine

    Not sure I can attend, so I'm wondering if you'll be capturing this talk (either video or audio)?

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • Jeanne K.

    Will there be nosh?

    April 28, 2014

    • Hallie P.

      Yep. I've heard rumors of pizza

      April 28, 2014

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