Dungeons, Dragons and Developers • Matt Brunt • GOTO 2021

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This presentation was recorded at GOTOpia Chicago 2021. #GOTOcon #GOTOpia

Matt Brunt - Dungeon master, code tinkerer & cybersecurity pro

You enter the dungeon, as the echoes of your footsteps sound around you, something catches your eye — is that… oh, oh no.
You grab your trusty sword and with your fellow adventurers, you seek to overcome the mighty challenge that lays ahead of you: building software.
This talk is a look at some of the parallels between dungeons and dragons, and software development.
Matt will show you how lessons learned through delving into dungeons and fighting monsters with a party of adventurers can help teams of developers when building software in the real world. Are you ready to join him in a mighty quest for better software?

In this talk, you'll learn:
• How to look for balance in your team, both in skills and alignment
• How to keep everyone on the right path
• To use past experience for future improvement
• The importance of keeping a flow in your work and projects [...]

00:00 Intro
02:58 Dungeons & Dragons
04:25 The dungeon master
05:06 Our story begins with you
05:23 Your alignment
06:40 My alignment?
07:08 Wizards
08:18 Our party
09:44 The quest
13:47 Quest requirements
15:02 Fight your side
16:00 Ok, let's get going!
17:14 Hey folks, can I join you?
20:37 Losing the path
21:16 Crossing the river
22:53 Decisions need context
23:42 Hey DM, can we try?
25:00 Sometimes you roll a natural 20
25:24 And sometimes your roll a natural 1
25:38 Be prepared
26:23 Use past experience
28:59 The final hill
29:31 Exhaustion
31:46 Reaching your goal
33:29 Victory, reward & reflection
35:22 Summary
37:04 Outro

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