DevProdEng Showdown! S1E3: DevRel Pros Take on DevProdEng at Scale 

In this episode taking place on April 21st at 10AM PT, Developer Relations gurus from some of the biggest Java shops weigh in on sometimes controversial choices they support or approaches they recommend for optimizing developer productivity at scale.

If you are not already familiar with this unique event, DevProdEng Showdown! is a series of live-streamed 30-minute events where a panel of distinguished experts debate hot topics related to Developer Productivity Engineering and Software Engineering at scale in a rapid-fire game show-like format. It’s always a lot of fun.

This episode’s All-Star panelists are:


New On-Demand Webcast Explores the Advantages of Running CI Builds & Tests in the Cloud

Elasticsearch uses Gradle Enterprise build and test acceleration technology to minimize build and developer feedback cycles and Gradle Enterprise Failure Analytics to minimize the time it takes to troubleshoot problems. In combination with Google Cloud’s compute performance and cost advantages, Elastic delivers superior service-levels to its internal stakeholders and customers.

In a new on-demand webcast entitled Dev Cloud Acceleration at Elastic with Google Cloud Platform and Gradle Enterprise , Mark Vieira, Principal Software Engineer within the Elasticsearch core infrastructure team, and James Ward from Google Cloud’s developer advocacy team discuss the particular best practices and technologies deployed to achieve superior CI resource usage and cost efficiency metric results.

Expert Takes

The Android Gurus Debate Developer Productivity at Scale

The March episode of DevProdEng Showdown! entitled Android Developer Productivity at Scale featured Android devprod experts from Square (Pierre-Yves Ricau), Mozilla (Emily Kager), Uber (Ty Smith), and Gradle (Nelson Osacky). 
Here are the topics our experts debated:

  • Open Source: Something companies do to invest in and attract top talent or a scam to extract twice the work from naive engineers?
  • Platform teams or feature teams: Which usually makes more sense?
  • In large legacy code bases, is it better to have a single consistent architecture or let each team pick their own?
  • What’s the best strategy for dealing with flaky tests?
  • ​​​​​​Is it better to hire a generalist or a specialist for mobile engineering?
  • When is the best time to bring a mobile build engineer to your team?
  • What’s the best way to get Android developers to work at your company?

See how our experts answered and decide for yourself who made the best point.


Introducing the Developer Productivity Engineering Learning Center

In response to the rapid growth of our knowledge base, learning tools and educational options, our Gradle Enterprise website resources page has undergone a massive remodel. The goal is to provide a world-class experience for those who want to learn more about DPE and get answers to questions efficiently.  In addition to “Quick Links'' to our most popular content, assets are filtered by learning objective, journey phase, and key topics. To get an overview of the new Learning Center check out this short video or start exploring now.


Is Developer Productivity Engineering the Next Big Thing in Software?

For decades, the success formula for many (if not all) breakthrough business and technology productivity methodologies has been “Productivity = Speed * Efficiency”, where “efficiency” in this case refers to the ability to maintain or even improve quality as process and workflow execution speed up.  This blog surveys some of the major methodologies adhering to this formula over the last half century. It concludes that DPE shares the same DNA as all other tried and true productivity management methodologies—proven step-function increases in process speed and efficiency—and that this bodes well for its chances of becoming this decade’s next “big thing” in software.


Test Distribution Gets Even Faster

Recently released Gradle Enterprise 2021.1 makes Test Distribution faster by better utilizing agents that become available during execution of tests, providing insight into Maven dependency resolution activity and network requests, and allowing builds to be selected for analysis by build time with minute granularity. Information about other new features and more details about these improvements can be found in the release notes. 

Upcoming Events

Don’t Miss these Opportunities to Learn More

April 21,9:00 am PT (30 minutes):DevProdEng Showdown S1E3: The DevRel Pros Take on Developer Productivity Engineering at Scale
May 3, 9:00 am PT (3.5 hours): Hands-on Training/Workshop: Gradle Build Cache Deep Dive
May 25-26, 8:30 am PT (4 hours each day): Hands-on Training/Workshop: Introduction to Gradle

Until next time!

The Gradle Team


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