The common fallacies on platform building
06-23, 15:35–16:00 (Europe/Amsterdam), Grote Zaal

A fallacy is a kind of error in reasoning that should not be persuasive, but often are. Fallacies may be created unintentionally, or they may be created intentionally in order to deceive other people. The vast majority of the commonly identified fallacies involve arguments, although some involve explanations, or definitions, or other products of reasoning. Sometimes the term "fallacy" is used even more broadly to indicate any false belief or cause of a false belief.

In this talk, we will explore the common fallacies people believe in regards to platform building, both as supporters and opponents of it. We will give them names, analyse their flaws, and how they are often used in arguments. The goal is to give you the tools you need to spot and rebuke them next time they appear in your team discussions.

After this talk, you will:
* Learn about common fallacies around platform building
* Learn how to spot a fallacy in a team discussion
* Understand how to counter-argument a fallacy

Derik is a Principal Engineer currently working at Syntasso to enable platform teams to build the secure, scalable and usable platforms. In the past few years, Derik spent copious amounts of time fine tuning pipelines, services APIs, and managing engineering teams. Outside of work, you can probably find Derik running somewhere in the world.

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Winna is a Principal Engineer at Syntasso delivering Kratix, an open-source framework for building internal platforms on Kubernetes. She’s using what she learned about how teams work from her years of teaching extreme programming and pairing with customer application development teams at places like Fortnum & Mason, BMW, Allianz, Sainsbury’s, and others. She’s using what she learned about how platforms work from her years as an engineer and in engineering leadership with CloudFoundry. And before all of that, she came to tech via design and user research. She’s happy that she can wear all the different hats her experience has given her to help build a first-class tool that enables platform teams to deliver high value and enjoy their work in the process. Outside of work, Winna mostly tries to keep up with her two young girls whilst maintaining her sanity.

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