Blake Helms is a .NET Software Development Manager for EBSCO Industries, a global company with businesses in a range of industries including Information Services, Publishing and Digital Media, Outdoor Products, Real Estate, Manufacturing and Distribution, and Business Services, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. There he is responsible for several core business applications and has been a driver for software craftsmanship and creating a culture that promotes mentorship and continuous improvement. He is also the cofounder of the Birmingham .NET Meetup where he works to connect developers and to spread the word of the thriving technology community in Birmingham. Blake is incredibly passionate about technology in all areas from writing code for work, to audio/video production for his church to automating his home.
In many development shops code is written using the slash and burn approach where technical debt is accumulated and developers become burned out. In this talk I will share some of the ways that my team has discovered to not only improve the quality of our code but speed up the development and most importantly create a great work life balance for the team. This talk is technology agnostic and focuses on the cultural practices that you can use to make truly sustainable code.