The tech industry is notorious for its masochistic approach to deadlines, workloads and hours spent by software developers toiling at the code face. The projects might ship, but what is the long-term cost to our physical and mental health? It doesn’t have to be this way. This talk draws from both practical experience of (just about) surviving death march projects and Proper Psychological Science to show how burnout happens, what causes it, and what we can do to survive.
In this presentation, you will learn:
* what reptiles can teach us about our reactions to pressure
* why project crunches and torture have more in common than you might think
* how you can hack the body’s reflexes to cope with stress
Video producer: https://gotober.com/
Further reading: Software Developer Careers Considered Harmful