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Kent Beck

Fellow at Gusto

My career mission is to help geeks feel safe in the world. My business
proposition is to help your engineering/product/design organization
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My career mission is to help geeks feel safe in the world. My business proposition is to help your engineering/product/design organization grow from 100+ people to 1000+ people.

Programming brings me joy. The only thing better is teaching programming and watching the faces of students when they "get it". Therefore, I arrange my work to maximize the amount of time I spend programming and teaching programming.

I always have a portfolio of research projects going. Currently I am studying:
* 3X: Explore/Expand/Extract. As a product matures, the tradeoffs affecting its development change dramatically. What are these changes and how can we respond to them?
* Power law distributions. Power laws appear despite our best efforts. How should we adapt our tools and techniques to the inexorable laws of nature.
* Programs as nature. I study the structure and evolution of programs using the same tools used to study the structure and evolution of the natural world.
* Quantitative studies of software engineering. For example, I have data that implies that programming language does not affect the size of diffs but deployment frequency does.
* Coaching. How to deliver it, scale it, teach it, and measure it.
* Tree-based tools. Source text is dead, it's just taking a while to quit twitching. Some day the whole toolchain, from editors on, will work with syntax trees.
* Smalltalk. What does Smalltalk still have to teach the programmers of today? Lots, it turns out.
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