Audrey Troutt


Audrey Troutt is an accomplished, hands-on technology leader and polyglot programmer. Today she's building the next generation of in-app marketing tools for Tune. Audrey is passionate about clean code, beautiful apps, automation and vibrant communities.

Topic: Learning as a Team

No matter your profession, learning is essential: all industries and markets grow and change over time. For software developers, not only is the world changing all around us, but the tools in our hands are constantly evolving. You may have heard that "learning is the bottleneck" on software projects. I'd like to talk about how we learn not as individuals, but as teams. In this talk I'll share some fresh ideas for learning new technical skills together and leveraging some common Agile practices to reinforce group learning.

Q&A With Audrey

Why is craftsmanship important in the software industry today?

I think craftsmanship has always been important, but it's perhaps more important today because the software we write touches more people, impacts more aspects of our lives, and passes through more developers than ever before. Our code doesn't get locked in a utility closet somewhere, it is shared and installed on every device in the world. The more connected we are and the faster things change, the more we need to craft simple, robust software quickly that can also evolve over time.

What trait or behavior do you consider to be a key indicator of craftsmanship?

Thoughtfulness. Craftsmanship involves thinking about more than just the obvious task at hand. You have to think about why this is needed and what is likely to come next. You have to think about who is going to touch this software, either as a consumer or as a future developer.

Where do you appreciate craftsmanship outside of software?

I appreciate a well crafted speech or blog post as much as anything. It's wonderful when the author takes the time not just to convey meaningful or important ideas, but to properly frame the conversation and present it in such a way that anyone can understand what is being discussed. A well crafted text also sets the audience up for further action or conversation.

What are you looking forward to most about this year’s SCNA?

I'm looking forward to meeting some new craftspeople and seeing old friends. Craftsmanship events give me energy and inspiration to keep up the hard work of improving my craft. This will also be my first time in LA, so that's exciting!