Wednesday, June 19 • 9:30am - 9:55am
PRO TALK: A Tale of Doctors, Pilots and Airplanes: What Software Engineering Can Learn from Aviation and Medicine

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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. However a lot of things that are simply non-negotiable for a good craftsman are often ignored or interpreted in a creative way. But why? A lot of professions have been around a lot longer than software engineering and have developed "best practices" to handle typical problems and challenges. 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 very 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.

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Christian Robert

Senior System Architect, BetterDoc
Christian Robert is a software engineer with more than 15 years of experience. He is is currently working as Senior System Architect at BetterDoc in Cologne, Germany where he helps matching patients needs with the right doctors. Having experienced a wide range of projects and requirements... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:30am - 9:55am EDT
DevExec Stage