Women Who Code – January Tech Talk

Hello! I’m Caren, and I’ll be guest contributing to BLNDED with Women Who Code Tech Talks. Among the many Women Who Code events that occur on a monthly basis, Women Who Code Tech Talks are hosted the last week of every month at different companies in Austin. The talks are 30-45 minutes and cover a variety of technical topics.

The first tech talk of 2018 was hosted by Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and nCino. TRS is a public pension plan that provides retirement and related benefits to those employed in state-sponsored, schools, colleges and universities. With its Bank Operating System built on the Salesforce platform, nCino offers financial institutions banking software for their businesses.

TRS had their lead developer, Mark Horbovetz, talk about their team, what roles they are hiring for and then encouraged attendees to apply. nCino’s VP of Engineering, Dory Weiss’ presentation, “Scrum Yourself for Fun and Profit” highlighted the benefits her teams have experienced by utilizing Scrum and Agile methodologies.

Agile methodology employs incremental and iterative work that are called sprints. Scrum is a framework in which people can address complex problems while delivering products. Thus, Scrum is an Agile approach that is used in software development.

From Dory’s perspective, she appreciates the Agile Manifesto that values “individuals and interactions, working software, customer collaboration, and responding to change.” Dory leads her engineering teams by entrusting her individual project managers to be the voice of their respective teams and then having each team tasked with certain aspects of the business. Her main reasoning for employing Scrum in their day-to-day is to help ship working software. Each team may have ideas on how to optimize their software and engage with their customers to find what points they can work on to deliver a better product. Constantly getting feedback and responding to client needs is what makes Scrum a particularly effective methodology to produce the best software for their clients.

Dory ended her presentation stating that she truly believes “Agile promotes sustainable development,” since her team collaborates not just internally, but alongside their customer base. Having that ecosystem of being able to iterate on the product allows for the flexibility to “fail often, but cost less”. This means that Scrum allows for her team to test and build incrementally, without having to worry about scrapping or refactoring a core portion of nCino’s products at a great cost of either time or resources.

That covers it for the January Tech Talk! To learn more about our upcoming events, head over to our site to see what’s happening this month.

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