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Courtney Wilburn - Maintainable Software Has Good Community Around It

Episode Summary

Robby has a chat with Courtney Wilburn (She/Her/Hers), the Sr. Engineering Manager at Elastic Cloud, about why software relies on enthusiasm about its long-term success, the traits of excellent documentation, Courtney’s approach to joining a software team, the metaphor technical debt and how Courtney’s team discusses, prioritizes, and documents what and when they will (or not) focus on them, the challenges of hiring junior-level engineers and what we can do to foster mentorship in our teams, and more interesting software engineering topics.

Episode Notes

Robby has a chat with Courtney Wilburn (She/Her/Hers), the Sr. Engineering Manager at Elastic Cloud, the leading platform for search-powered solutions. She is an experienced DevOps Engineer, speaker, and writer. With solutions in enterprise search, observability, and security, Elastic helps enhance customer and employee search experiences, keep mission-critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. For Courtney, well-maintained software is all about software having a good community around it that is enthusiastic about its long-term success. 

She shares her expertise on the traits of excellent documentation and talks about how engineers should go about joining a software team. Courtney uses the metaphor technical debt and she will graciously break down how her team discusses, prioritizes, and documents what and when they focus on it. She also talks about the challenges that come with process debt, how to go about hiring junior-level engineers, and what we can do to foster mentorship in our teams. It’s going to be a very interesting conversation so don’t miss out.

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