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RailsConf 2019 - Getting Unstuck: Strategies For Solving Difficult Problems by Steven Hicks

Steven Hicks
Senior Engineer at Artsy
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May 2, 2019, Minneapolis, USA
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Steven Hicks
Senior Engineer at Artsy

I am a front-end, maybe full-stack, web developer with nearly 20 years experience. My most recent experience is in JavaScript, though I have much history in the .NET stack. I currently specialize in React and NodeJS.I love to write code for other humans to read. I strive for continuous improvement, every day. I enjoy learning new things. And I believe that a developer's job is to solve problems, not just write code.A friend once said to me while snowboarding, "if you ain't falling, you ain't learning." I take this mantra to heart.I am a writer (https://stevenhicks.me/articles and https://artsy.github.io/author/steve-hicks/), a teacher, and a speaker (https://www.stevenhicks.me/speaking/). I speak regularly in the local and regional development community, with international and keynote experience. I love giving back to the development community by sharing my experiences and stories, and by encouraging others to do the same.

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RailsConf 2019 - Getting Unstuck: Strategies For Solving Difficult Problems by Steven Hicks


Even with the simplest of problems, we can get stuck on code. It happens to engineers of all experience levels. This session will show you many strategies for getting unstuck.

We'll start by reframing the act of getting stuck as a positive. Then we'll talk about many strategies for identifying the problem and moving on. We'll discuss the psychology behind these strategies, and answer questions like "Why do my best ideas come to me in the shower?" Finally, we'll look at ways to harden yourself for the next time you get stuck.

Getting unstuck is a skill. This session will help you sharpen that skill, and prepare you for the next time you want to throw your keyboard out a window.

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