03 - 04 November 2016
M Shed, Bristol, UK

Neurodiversity and software development

Sal Freudenberg SalFreudenberg

Session type: Case Study
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Case Study

Even if you are unaware of it, it’s likely that there is (or has been in the past) someone on your team with a non-typical neurology. It even seems there is a higher propensity towards autism and Aspergers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. Turns out that is actually a good thing.

We will begin by looking at the research on diversity and success.

We will then consider what is known about the autistic/Aspergers mind with a particular view towards how that lends itself to developing software and how we might better support autists at work.

What about other forms of neurodiversity? We will look at depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD and consider why you might want such diversity on your team and how you can best support it.

This session will interweave facts and evidence with anecdotes from myself and others in the agile space about our lives, and particularly our careers with neurodiversity.

About the Speaker

With more than 25 years' experience in the world of software development, Sal uniquely blends over 10 years of doing, coaching and teaching agile with her research into the psychology of programming. Most recently she has been speaking out to the tech industry on neurodiversity and how to support the different kinds of brains our industry needs.

Sal is also known for her well-received research on pair programming, sessions on cultural change, faciliation and building trust in agile teams (with Rachel Davies). She is co-creator (with Karl Scotland) of the Lego Flow Game. She is also a certified scrum trainer.


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