April Wensel is the founder of Compassionate Coding, a conscious business focused on training technologists in emotional intelligence and social responsibility. She spent the previous decade as a software engineer and technical leader at various startups in Silicon Valley, building products in such fields as healthcare, education, and user research. She also volunteers with organizations teaching coding skills to women and other groups underrepresented in the industry. Away from the keyboard, she enjoys gleaning fruit, running ultramarathons, and baking tasty vegan treats.
Owner, Compassionate Coding
Mountain View, USA
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Compassionate—Yet Candid—Code Reviews
Software Engineering, Professional Development, Inspirational
Code reviews are essential for maintaining code quality and helping developers sharpen their coding skills. However, code reviews are also difficult to get right. Many code review comments end up being unclear, trivial, or condescending. With compassion as a guideline, though, we can work to establish code review practices that minimize suffering for everyone involved—the code authors, the code reviewers, the code maintainers, and even the end users. In this talk, you’ll learn that Compassionate Code Reviews are not about “sugarcoating” feedback and actually demand a considerable degree of candor. Equipped with a set of guidelines for executing Compassionate Code Reviews, you’ll leave inspired to apply them on your team to create better code and happier coders.