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Sprint 4 & 5 made me wish life was less like developing an app.
I learned that gender equality does not necessarily apply to the world of software development.
This is an issue that I find difficult to talk about because believe that women and men should have equal rights as well as equal access to education and opportunities. I see no reason why men should receive better pay for the same job and very few reasons why men should be better at certain jobs than women.
So of course female developers, geeks and nerds should have the same rights, opportunities and financial rewards as their male colleagues - only, where are they? Almost all of the blogs, reviews and articles I have looked at during these past few weeks were written by men. The startups and projects I have come across seem to be run almost exclusively by men as well.
I look at myself and I am aware that I am no exception. Apart from my non-existing developing skills it turns out that I am one of only two team members who doesn’t know how to install and refresh the app on her phone - I won’t tell you who the other one is, but you may be able to take a guess.
My excuse is that I am the designated non-tech person, so learning too much about all the technology involved would be like sabotaging myself, right? Still, it leaves me wondering what it is about software development that makes it so unattractive to the female half of the population (other than the apparent lack of fashion icons, celebrity gossip and relationship advice)...
The good news is that we now have a new team member who will prove all these stereotypes wrong. She is extremely clever and powerful, she is the heart of the app and the one who will ultimately make it work. (Let's just for the moment ignore the fact that she has obviously been created by our male developing team).
Meet BESSY, our recently implemented Back End Server (BES). Which brings us back to confusing acronyms and tech expressions:
NGINX? - I repeat NGINX?
Conclusion of Sprint 4&5: