What if we treated software architecture like diversity?

Fantastic excuses and how to spot them

In our talk we review our personal top 20 of „reasons“ for not investing in DE&I - some hillarious and some close to our common understanding about the world - and how to counter them.

„Let`s rather not talk about software architecture – we might create problems, that are not there in the first place“ – No software company, ever. In five years of actively promoting diversity initatives, we encountered a plethora of „arguments“ against spending time and effort on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Arguments we would never let count when talking about software architecture. Some are easily debunked as a distraction like the risk of creating problems by talking about them. Other excuses are harder to spot. In our talk we review our personal top 20 of „reasons“ for not investing in DE&I – some hillarious and some close to our common understanding about the world. These faulty reasons prevent companies from starting to create workplaces that actually work for everyone. However, once you take a closer look, certain patterns emerge that make it much easier to counter them.

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