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Live Life in Perpetual Beta: What software development can teach us about life

DevFest Melbourne 2019

When we release a beta version of a product, we generally understand it will have bugs. And we're okay with that, because hey — it's not the final product. We're testing and learning and gathering insights that will improve the future product.
What if we applied this same principle to our lives? What could we achieve and experience if we adopted the mindset of being in "perpetual beta"?
"Beta" is about focusing on progress, not perfection. Now is the perfect time to embrace this. We'll discuss how to iterate on aspects of our lives we're unhappy with, how to practice deploying early and often, and how to courageously pivot when user testing shows we've gone astray.

Jess Budd

Digital Producer



Jess is an experienced UI developer and web accessibility consultant, working as a digital producer at Australia's second largest not-for-profit health fund. She is a co-organiser of a local meetup for front-end developers and is often found volunteering her time mentoring women learning to code. She’s known for her love of dogs, but is also crazy about UX design, technology and futurism.