EWD-0331 A tale of doctors, pilots and airplanes: What software development learn from aviation and medicine | Voxxed Days

Voxxed Days Zurich 2019
on Tuesday 19 March

   A tale of doctors, pilots and airplanes: What software development learn from aviation and medicine


Methodology & Culture
Methodology & Culture
Intermediate level
Room 6 Tuesday from 10:20 til 11:10

Whether it's the small pet project at home, the open source project on GitHub or the large enterprise application at work: A big and important part of software engineering is good craftsmanship. Not without reason do we compare creating software solutions to building a house. Even the vocabulary sounds similar: We "build" applications, we "connect" systems and "do the plumbing", we "bolt" infrastructure together and "tinker" workarounds for existing problems.

A lot of professions have been around a lot longer than software engineering and had time to develop their best practices. Especially aviation puts emphasis on precision and reliability - who wants to hear that his flight has been cancelled because of missing or bad quality maintenance? The same goes for doctors and nurses: Errors and carelessness can lead to life and death situations rather quickly.

So we as software engineers can definitely benefit from taking a closer look on aircraft maintenance or the medical sector to learn from them, optimize our processes and last but not least try to reduce the stress that we see over and over again.

software engineering   best practices   development teams   inspiration  
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Christian Robert
Christian Robert
From BetterDoc

Christian Robert is a software development enthusiast, implementing customized software solutions for more than 15 years. Having experienced a wide range of projects and requirements he's constantly asking himself: How can we better our craft? He is currently working as Senior Systems Architect at BetterDoc in Cologne, Germany where he helps finding the right doctor for every patient. As he not only likes to work with machines but also enjoys interacting with people he's constantly trying to push software craftsmanship ideas and help other developers to realize their full potential.

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