16:20 – 17:15

Steve McConnell has been recognized as one of the world’s leading software development experts for more than two decades. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry, along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.  In 2019, the Forbes Technology Council named his book, Code Complete, “the single best cornerstone book on good software development.”


In this talk, Steve will share the details of the plan he used to become one of the leading voices in software development. He will discuss the roles of reading, training, directed experience, and personal reflection. He will challenge you to think about what part of your personal career investment should be in technology, what part should be in your business domain, and what part should be in underlying best practices. He will describe how to use this as input for your own short-term vs. long-term career planning.