Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Rock Star Developers

Presented by Rikki Endsley
Monday 4:35 p.m.–5:20 p.m.
Target audience: Developer


Are you sick of seeing job listings calling for "rock star developers"? What does that even mean? Developers who get the glory, while the band, agent, road crew, and sound engineers do the work? Instead of being a one-hit wonder who crashes and burns by 27, look to Willie Nelson for inspiration. Willie's 60+ years in the music business offer plenty of lessons developers can apply to their own careers. Attend this fun talk to see how collaborating with a diverse mix of peo ple, learning new skills, choosing the best tool for the job (and then improving on it), contributing to a range of communities, and not being afraid to fail have benefited Willie's career. The talk will be fun, but the lessons are practical for developers--and people who work with them--of all experience levels.

Presented by

Rikki Endsley

Rikki Endsley is a community manager and editor for, and a 2016 recipient of an O’Reilly Open Source Award. In the past, she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat; freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and Follow her on Twitter: @rikkiends.

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