It begins with a vision - an awe-inspiring idea that both excites and motivates you. Then the compromises begin… Budget, schedule, scope, work/life balance; you're forced to cut a corner here and there and the vision of perfection slips further and further away until the end result is fragile, fetid shell of your original idea. How can we deal with inevitable compromises while maintaining our integrity as engineers (and pride in our work)
Like many of his talks, Michael has a very unique perspective on this phenomenon. After nearly two decades of experience both as a software engineer and as a professional magician he leverages all his skills explores this topic in an entertaining and insightful manner. It turns out creating beautiful, perfect code is not very different from creating the perfect card trick.
For nearly 20 years, Michael was a software engineer moonlighting as a magician. Now he's a magician moonlighting as a tech leader/software engineer. In both endeavors he has dedicated himself to mastery and has gained deep insights both from his eclectic interests, entrepreneurial spirit, and experience that spans the full stack, the entire project lifecycle, and several technologies.
His time is equally divided between performing around the world, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, and building software that doesn't suck.More About Michael »