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Monday, August 17 • 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Why Be a Rock Star Developer When You Can Be Willie Nelson - Rikki Endsley, Red Hat

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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 people, 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.

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Rikki Endsley

Community Evangelist, Red Hat
Rikki Endsley is an editor and community manager for Opensource.com. Previously she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. Other hats she has worn include: tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and UnixReview.com. Follow her on Twitter @rikkiends.

Monday August 17, 2015 2:20pm - 3:10pm