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How to get engineering teams to eat their vegetables

How to get engineering teams to eat their vegetables

Many factors contribute to developer happiness. However, as engineers, we're often singularly obsessed with the idea that our job satisfaction comes solely from solving only the most interesting technical challenges. In reality, research shows that we perform best when we are rested, feel valued, and feel connected to a cause so we can focus on high-priority work.

This talk will focus on ways engineering teams can foster excellent working environments and cultures with minimally felt process: much like sneaking vegetables into desserts.

A written version of this talk can be found here: https://medium.com/@duretti/how-to-get-engineering-teams-to-eat-their-vegetables-83e0f83af71a

Duretti Hirpa

July 25, 2017

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 medium.com/@duretti/how-to-get-engineering-teams-to-eat- their-vegetables