Jessica Kerr

Lead Engineer at Atomist

Jessica Kerr is a developer of development systems. She works remotely from St. Louis, for Atomist, where she writes automations and automation infrastructure in TypeScript, Clojure, and whatever else is needed. She is a back-end developer who believes the front-end is most crucial. Jessica speaks at conferences in the US and Europe; find her on the >Code podcast ( and on Twitter and Medium as @jessitron.


Collective Problem Solving in Music, Science, Art, and Software.
Principles of Collaborative Automation
Shaving the Golden Yak
TypeScript for the Enterprise


Twin Cities Software Symposium March 8 - 10, 2019 Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Software Symposium April 5 - 6, 2019 St. Louis, MO
ÜberConf July 16 - 19, 2019 Denver, CO


Developer Automation and the Art of Yak Shaving
November 14, 2018

This week I get to sit with Jessica Kerr (aka jessitron) to discuss a topic developers love to hate – yak shaving. Jessica takes a different approach to Yak Shaving and sees it not as an inconvenience, but as an opportunity. Listen to learn more!