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Developer Experience as a Fitness Function for Platform Teams

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Join us for the next By ThoughtWorks tech-talk series. Mingle, learn, and hang out with those wanting to keep up with the latest in technology. It’s our shout, so please join us for a fun and casual session over drinks and nibbles with networking to follow.


What is Developer Experience (DX) and how does it differ from User Experience (UX) and how is it specifically appropriate for platform teams?

In the modern IT world, one of the ‘set aims’ for organisations building digital platforms to be used by internal consumers is for the platforms to be self-service and compelling to use ( Given the consumers for these platforms are developers, the measuring of Developer Experience becomes a critical focus for the platform teams.

But what key elements of a platform constitute the Developer Experience and how to measure them as a fitness function? Borrowing heavily from work in the User Experience world, we will focus on the 5 Es of usability: Efficiency, Effectiveness, Engagement, Error Tolerance and Ease-of-learning. Each of these elements is critical to a successful DX and there are natural measures a platform team can track as part of the DX fitness function.


Liauw Fendy, Developer, ThoughtWorks
Fendy is a Lead Developer with ThoughtWorks, with ten years of experience in the design, architecture, implementation and deployment of large-scale distributed applications and the integration of disparate systems. Fendy thinks good developer experience means “terminal-friendly”. He avoids mouse and GUI almost entirely and evangelises the use of tmux and vim for all development needs.

Andy Marks, Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks
Originally an itinerant teacher of programming at university, Andy has been writing code professionally since 1996 in Melbourne, Brisbane, San Francisco, Leeds and Singapore. Joining ThoughtWorks as a technical lead in 2002, Andy has deep experience in agile development and has, since 2013, become one of those dreary functional programming evangelists you dread speaking to at parties. Andy is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia and user groups in Melbourne, even though he does not understand monads… not even a little bit.


5.30- 6.00 pm - Arrive and Networking Drinks and Nibbles
6.00 - 7.00 pm - Presentation and Discussion
7.00 - 8.00 pm - Networking and Drinks
8.00 pm - Close

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