Hans Dockter
Hans Dockter
Founder and CEO, Gradle Inc.

Keynote: The Neuroscience Behind Developer Productivity Engineering


This keynote discusses the neuroscience of developer productivity. It provides a thought-provoking take on the psychological root causes and “cognitive fatigue” associated with developer bottlenecks like unnecessarily long feedback cycles, protracted troubleshooting times, and toolchain failures. It discusses how a lack of understanding of this dynamic leads to a misalignment between leadership’s incremental perspective on the potential impact of DPE and that of their developers who feel the cognitive pains every day and see the impact of addressing these pains as transformational. Translating the productivity benefits of removing cognitive fatigue pain into a hard business case for leadership consumption remains a challenge. But, meeting that challenge is the key to realizing the “DPE multiplier”, which is the number of times developers say they could be more effective with a more efficient toolchain (usually 2X-5X). The presentation concludes by making the connections between productivity, developer experience, and joy.

About Hans

Hans Dockter is a founder and the CEO of Gradle Inc. He continues as project lead for the Gradle Build Tool since its inception in 2015 Gradle Inc. and in 2017 introduced Gradle Enterprise. Gradle Enterprise is the leading technology enabling platform for the practice of Developer Productivity Engineering, for which Hans is the pioneer and world-leading authority. Hans is a thought leader in the field of project automation and has successfully been in charge of numerous large-scale enterprise builds. He is also a Domain Driven Design advocate, having taught classes and delivered presentations on this topic with Eric Evans. In earlier days, Hans was also a committer for the JBoss project and founded the JBoss-IDE.