The Language of Technology for Techincal People

Taron Foxworth

Technical Evangelist

@anaptfox

@losanthq

Insiders are terrible teachers.

Agenda

  • Why You Should Care
  • Some Background
  • Tools to Be Successful
  • Using the Tools
  • What’s Next?

Why

should you care? 

" Not knowing about all the [software] tools available made me feel like I’ve been running this long with my hands tied behind my back."

"the bad engineer"

It's our job to be literal

🤠 

Background

The Language of Technology

Sales ➡️ Close Deals

Sales ➡️ Close Deals

Communication, People, etc.

Why is there a Product Management book on your desk? 

"the picture engineer problem"

Marketing ➡️ Generate Leads

Communication, People, etc.

CTR

Funnel

KPI

SME

MQL

POC

😳

It's not an intelligence problem

It's an language problem

A, B, C
Paragraphs are the building blocks of papers.
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Paragraphs are the building blocks of papers. Many students define paragraphs in terms of length: a paragraph is a group of at least five sentences, a paragraph is half a page long, etc. In reality, though, the unity and coherence of ideas among sentences is what constitutes a paragraph. A paragraph is defined as “a group of sentences or a single sentence that forms a unit” (Lunsford and Connors 116). Length and appearance do not determine whether a section in a paper is a paragraph.
Paragraphs are the building blocks of papers.
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Hola! Yo empecé aprendo Español hace dos mes en la escuela. Yo voy la universidad. Yo tratar estudioso Español tres hora todos los días para que yo saco mejor rápido. ¿Cosa algún yo debo hacer además construir mí vocabulario? Muchas veces yo estudioso la palabras solo para que yo construir mí voabulario rápido. Yo quiero empiezo leo el periódico Español la próxima semana. Por favor correcto algún la equivocaciónes yo hisciste. Gracias!

Our Tools 

🧰

The Map is not the Territory

The map of reality is not reality. Even the best maps are imperfect. That’s because they are reductions of what they represent.

I don't need to know what you know

It's not an intelligence problem

We are the Uber for X

We are the Foursquare for Y

Not only are they great for simplifying, they are great learning tools. 

Different map,

different scale,

just as effective

Relational Frame Theory

Red lines are the most affective way of learning.

Maps Help Build Context

My Map vs. Your Map

Building on our map?

  • TCP is for high-reliability data transmissions
  • UDP is for low-overhead transmissions

"Bad Maps"

🧰

🧰

Black Box Thinking

( Maps - Magic = Black Box )

Input

Output

Hits Send on Email

Co-worker Receives Email

Input

Output

Source: Wait but why

🔑  Knowing when to stop

Input

Output

Tools:

Input

Output

Not only understand

Not only understand

communicate better... 

Not only understand

And THINK better

communicate better... 

Should I build it my self, or use Squarespace?

Software:

Typically done by teams of people 

Takes a while to build

Last a long time (hopefully)

Every solution is different

Houses:

Typically done by teams of people 

Takes a while to build

Last a long time (hopefully)

Every solution is different

Interior Designer

Reading the map:

Front-end Engineer

Construction Worker

Back-end Engineer

General Contractor

FullStack Engineer

Architect

Architect

ya boi

Should I build it my self, or use Squarespace?

Should I build it my self, or buy?

How does Machine Learning Work?

(map)

But THINK better

omg. 

But THINK better:

THINK: Bad People

But THINK better:

THINK: Bad People

(black box + map)

But THINK better:

THINK: Bad People

REAL: Bad Data

(black box + map)
Building on black box + map

Navigating Conversations

"it broke"

" Well, what broke"

"I'm not sure, it was working but now it's not"

"What's it"

"my computer"

“What did you do before it broke?”

“Nothing it just stopped working”

 

"it broke"

" Well, what broke"

"I'm not sure, it was working but now it's not"

"What's it"

"my computer"

“What did you do before it broke?”

“Nothing it just stopped working”

 

Breaking this down: 

🔑 No Pronouns

🔑 No Pronouns

It forces you to use the language

Understanding this language is super important to help us build the future better

(We need to do better too)

Takeaways:

🔑 No Pronouns

Input

Output

Taron Foxworth

Technical Evangelist

@anaptfox

@losanthq

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