Salt Lake Software Symposium

May 3 - 4, 2019

Critical Questions You Should Be Asking

Friday - May 3 8:45 AM - PARLEYS

Matt Stine

Matt Stine

Global CTO - Software Architecture at Pivotal

A lot of software development seems to be concerned with finding answers; troubleshooting issues; solving problems. But what if we’re not asking the right questions? Learning to ask the right questions in the various contexts in which we work is one of the key, yet underemphasized skills that any competent engineer should have!

In this session, we’ll examine several critical questions that you should keep in your toolbox. You can use these questions to evaluate tool and technology selection decisions, architecture strategy, data modeling decisions, and more. You should walk away with this session feeling equipped to engage in “adult conversations” about software engineering, where we cut through the hype and focus on the tradeoff decisions before us.

So what are the questions? Well, you’ll just have to come to the session to find out. But if you browse through my Twitter stream, you just might find a few.

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About Matt Stine

Matt Stine is an 18 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with nine of those years spent as a consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as the not-for-profit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O'Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms, in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. He is currently the Global CTO of Architecture at Pivotal, and spends much of his time advising IT leadership on the effective adoption of cloud-native architectures.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW! and is a nine-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.