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The Marvel Guide For Developers

The Marvel Guide For Developers

Iron Man. Thor. Black Widow. Spider-Man. Captain America.

Forget ninja developers and rockstar developers. What I’m more interested in is the superhero developer: these are the developers that do their best to help others, that try to give back to their community, and generally make the world a better place.

So how can we all strive to be superhero developers? This talk will look at the lessons we can learn from Marvel superheroes on being better developers.


Melinda Seckington

May 09, 2017


  1. guide for developers Melinda Seckington presents @mseckington

  2. A long time ago… in 2007… there was a girl.

    hi! I’m Melinda! @mseckington
  3. melinda had just moved to london… there was just one

    problem… while she loved the city with all its busyness and events… @mseckington
  4. well, two problems actually… Professor fear and… doctor imposter syndrome

  5. these two villains plagued the city , causing doubt and

    hopelessness… everywhere they went. @mseckington
  6. one day… i need to do something This needs to

    stop . I need to do something @mseckington
  7. she became… miss geeky! @mseckington

  8. with this alter ego, miss geeky discovered… …the power of

    her words. @mseckington
  9. Eventually Professor fear was defeated… But Doctor Imposter Syndrome was

    still a problem… how could she defeat him? @mseckington
  10. the solution? find more superheroes @mseckington

  11. who am i? @mseckington

  12. I’m a… speaker @mseckington

  13. I’m a… …blogger @mseckington

  14. I’m an… …event organizer @mseckington

  15. I’m a… Developer @mseckington

  16. @mseckington

  17. I’m a… Developer speaker @mseckington

  18. find more superheroes @mseckington

  19. rockstar developers @mseckington

  20. unicorn developers @mseckington

  21. ninja developers @mseckington

  22. superhero developer @mseckington

  23. how do we become a superhero developer? @mseckington

  24. superhero |ˈsuːpəhɪərəʊ, ˈsjuː-| noun (pl.superheroes) a benevolent fictional character with

    superhuman powers, such as Superman. @mseckington
  25. In modern popular fiction, a superhero is a type of

    heroic character possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena, or superhuman powers and is dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public @mseckington “ ”
  26. how to become a superhero? - extraordinary powers or abilities

    - a strong moral code - a motivation - a secret identity - a distinctive costume @mseckington
  27. how to become a superhero? - extraordinary powers or abilities

    - a strong moral code - a motivation - a secret identity - a distinctive costume @mseckington
  28. 10 lessons we can learn from superheroes @mseckington

  29. iron man @mseckington

  30. iron man Real name: Height: Weight: Occupation: Origin: Tony Stark

    Place of birth: 6’1” 225 lbs Long Island, New York Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist Tales of Suspense #39 (1963) Powers: None Abilities: Tony has a genius level intellect that allows him to invent a wide range of sophisticated devices, specializing in advanced weapons and armor. @mseckington
  31. tony’s hackday project @mseckington

  32. shiny @mseckington

  33. minimum viable armour @mseckington

  34. None
  35. iterate & reflect @mseckington

  36. personal retrospective @mseckington

  37. daredevil @mseckington

  38. daredevil Real name: Height: Weight: Occupation: Origin: Matt Murdock Place

    of birth: 6’0” 200 lbs New York City Lawyer Daredevil #1 (1964) Powers: Enhanced senses Abilities: Possesses the strength, speed, agility, endurance, and gymnastic skills, of an Olympic-level athlete. Skilled in a hybridized form of American boxing and the Japanese arts of ninjutsu, judo and aiki-jujutsu. @mseckington
  39. seeing without seeing @mseckington

  40. the Man without fear @mseckington

  41. listen actively @mseckington http://randsinrepose.com/archives/youre-not-listening/

  42. pay attention to your environment @mseckington

  43. hulk @mseckington

  44. hulk Real name: Height: Weight: Occupation: Origin: Bruce Banner Place

    of birth: 8’ 1400 lbs Dayton, Ohio Unemployed, former nuclear physicist Incredible Hulk #1 (1962) Powers: Possesses an incredible level of superhuman physical ability. Capacity for physical strength is potentially limitless due to the fact that his strength increases proportionally with his level of emotional stress, anger in particular. @mseckington
  45. bruce banner @mseckington

  46. hulk smash! @mseckington

  47. embrace failure @mseckington

  48. “Many people think it means accept failure with dignity and

    move on. The better, more subtle interpretation is that failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it.” ~ Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc. @mseckington
  49. spider-man @mseckington

  50. spider-man Real name: Height: Weight: Occupation: Origin: Peter Parker Place

    of birth: 5’10” 167 lbs Forest Hills, New York Scientist and inventor; former photographer Amazing Fantasy #15 Powers: Can cling to most surfaces, has superhuman strength (able to lift 10 tons optimally) and is roughly 15 times more agile than a regular human. His acrobatic leaps and web-slinging enables him to travel fast. @mseckington
  51. with great power… …comes great responsibility @mseckington

  52. share your knowledge @mseckington

  53. agent carter @mseckington

  54. agent carter Real name: Height: Weight: Occupation: Origin: Peggy Carter

    Place of birth: 5’7” 120 lbs London, England British Liaison to the U.S. Army, S.S.R. Agent Captain America (2011) Powers: None Abilities: Carter is a skilled martial artist, an expert markswoman, and can speak and read English, Russian and German fluently. @mseckington
  55. Strategic Scientific Reserve @mseckington

  56. make me a sandwich @mseckington

  57. know your own value @mseckington

  58. thor @mseckington

  59. thor Real name: Height: Weight: Occupation: Origin: Thor Odinson Place

    of birth: 6’6” 640 lbs Asgard Warrior, adventurer Journey into Mystery #83 (1962) Powers: As the son of Odin and Gaea, Thor's strength, endurance and resistance to injury are greater than the vast majority of his superhuman race. Extremely long-lived, immune to conventional disease and highly resistant to injury. @mseckington
  60. thunderbolts and lightning …very very frightening @mseckington

  61. asgard @mseckington

  62. don’t be arrogant @mseckington

  63. “every question is a cry to understand the world.” ~

    Carl Sagan @mseckington
  64. there are no stupid questions @mseckington

  65. guardians of the galaxy @mseckington

  66. guardians of the galaxy Core team members: A group of

    cosmic adventurers led by Star-Lord, the Guardians of the Galaxy protect the universe from threats all across space. Base of operations: First appearance: Star-Lord Gamora Drax the Destroyer Groot Rocket Raccoon Starship Icarus Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (1969) @mseckington
  67. @mseckington

  68. @mseckington

  69. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra

    to play it.” ~ H.E. Luccock @mseckington
  70. seek out diversity @mseckington

  71. x-men @mseckington

  72. Core team members: Feared and hated by humans because they're

    different, the X-Men are heroic mutants, individuals born with special powers who've sworn to use their gifts to protect mutants as well as humans. Base of operations: First appearance: Professor X Wolverine Rogue Storm Cyclops Jean Grey Angel Beast Gambit and more Xavier Institute For Higher Learning X-Men #1 (1963) x-men @mseckington
  73. mutant registration act @mseckington

  74. treat people like grownups @mseckington

  75. fantastic four @mseckington

  76. Core team members: The Fantastic Four is an internationally-renowned group

    of superhuman champions based in New York City and dedicated to the betterment of the world through scientific discovery and defense against evil. Base of operations: First appearance: Mister Fantastic Invisible Woman The Thing Human Torch Baxter Building Fantastic Four #1 (1961) fantastic four @mseckington
  77. @mseckington

  78. human play doh @mseckington

  79. @mseckington

  80. not very invisible woman @mseckington

  81. some like it hot @mseckington

  82. turn your weakness into strength @mseckington

  83. avengers @mseckington

  84. Core team members: They are Earth's mightiest heroes, formed to

    fight the foes no single hero could withstand. The Avengers are the most prestigious and powerful super-hero team in the world, devoted to protecting the planet from menaces beyond the scope of conventional authorities. Base of operations: First appearance: Captain America Black Widow Hawkeye Hulk Iron Man Scarlet Witch Thor Stark Tower Avengers #1 (1963) avengers @mseckington
  85. @mseckington

  86. you are stronger together @mseckington

  87. 10 lessons we can learn from superheroes @mseckington

  88. @mseckington

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  90. be a superhero developer @mseckington

  91. to be continued… Melinda Seckington FutureLearn @mseckington @mseckington

  92. Credits: https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/funky64/3485138671 https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/hamur0w0/6984884135 https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/fruey/7489124186 @mseckington