Jessica Kerr - Keynote

Shared Mental Models

Mob Programming is a powerful tool for teams. In this talk Jessica looks at how the shared mental models created while mob programming work throughout the team even when they are not actively mobbing.

She also explores the other practices she’s found complementary in creating a high functioning team and how looking at your contribution from a generative (helping other create) vs a productive (what I created, myself) frame can lead to a happier, better and more productive team.

In short, how to extend the Mob Programming mentality (of collaboration, support, and shared state) beyond the mob programming session.


Jessica Kerr is a programmer across languages and speaker across continents. Six years ago she started a journey from Java work to speaking about Android, F#, and git; through Scala and Clojure and going remote; property tests, concurrency, keynoting ElixirConf; then Ruby for infrastructure with Elm for fun; to Atomist, where she writes TypeScript that automates development tasks in any language. It’s a journey from programs to distributed systems to symmathesy, a human + software system based on mutual learning. Meanwhile, in real life, Jessica keeps two children alive and loved and silly. Find her on the >Code podcast, and on the internet as Jessitron.

Twitter:  @jessitron