On developer experience and productivity

Here's a great podcast episode by Abi Noda and Laura Tacho on engineering productivity 🎧. DORA, Space, and the latest research on Developer Experience, which brings Cognitive Load, Feedback Loops, and Flow State as core dimensions of DevEx.

One catch that resonates with me a lot: "Very few companies need 100% accuracy. They need enough data to make the decision".

Often leaders face some reluctance when implementing DORA or doing surveys. "They won't cover all edge cases, like broken or manual builds", "not all repositories have capable pipelines", "not everyone will answer all questions in a survey," and 1000x other reasons.

You don't always have to see everything. Sometimes trends are enough. Yes, no data is better than wrong data. But no data is worse than some data.

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