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.
This event is open to all genders.