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With Katie Sylor-Miller (Sr Software Enggr, Etsy) & Tanya Reilly (Principal Software Enggr Architecture Group, Squarespace).
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 at 06:30 PM   Absolutely Free
Etsytorium, 55 Prospect St


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The Maybe-Great Idea: An RFC Journey
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The Maybe-Great Idea: An RFC Journey
You have a great idea for a software project. But will it work? Is it actually a great idea? Are you sure that there aren't huge risks you're not seeing that could cause the design to be torpedoed at the last minute? Could other people be quietly solving the same problem? It sure would be nice if your organisation could endorse the idea & say yes, absolutely, do it!

Once an engineering org has more than a few people, making big decisions can be hard. Often there are lots of people who can say no to an idea, but it's hard to find anyone to definitively say yes. So how do we make it easy for people with good ideas to get support & get started?

Join us to hear Tanya share Squarespace's journey from the popular #YOLO method of software development, through writing RFC (Request for Comment) design documents, writing better RFCs, reviewing designs as a massive terrifying group, reviewing designs in secret smoky rooms, finding a balance that made us happy, & accidentally building a community along the way. It's a journey we're glad we've taken, & it can work for other people too.

After the talk, Tanya will be joined by Etsy's own Frontend Architect, Katie Sylor-Miller, for a moderated Q&A & discussion of Etsy's Architecture Review practices.

Event Details
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

6:30-7:00 pm: Sign-in
7:00-8:00 pm: Presentation
8:00-9:00 pm: Social hour
About Tanya Reilly
Tanya is a Principal Software Engineer in the Architecture group at Squarespace. Before Squarespace, she spent twelve years wrangling infrastructure at Google. She likes Raspberry Pi & coding on trains, & speaks at conferences about the senior IC engineer career path & the many (many!) ways humans can break software. Originally from Ireland, Tanya is now an enthusiastic New Yorker & lives in Brooklyn.

About Katie Sylor-Miller
Katie Sylor-Miller recently became the first Frontend Architect at Etsy, & is still trying to figure out exactly what that means. She loves to talk, write, & teach frontend performance, design systems, accessibility, & which tiki bars are the best in the country. She gained notoriety by writing the website, & collaborated with Julia Evans to make a zine based on her content.
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