Anjuan Simmons

Camp Counselor

Managing the Burnout Burndown

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Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 4:30 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: Campsite 2


As the Doomsday clock ticks ever closer to midnight, the Happiness Index drops, and the Incivility Index rises, the world continues to be gripped in a growing sense of existential dread. Countless people around the globe are wondering what it all means resulting in rising levels of burnout. This global increase in burnout has devastating consequences for individuals, groups, and organizations. Efforts to quantify the cost of burnout depict monetary loss in the billions and the loss of life in the tens of thousands. Software developers are often viewed as having special protections against burnout. After all, they usually work in comfortable environments with other professionals who come from similar backgrounds. However, the literature shows that technology professionals are particularly susceptible to the stress that leads to burnout. Based on recent research on stress and burnout, human psychology, productivity, and health, Anjuan will show software developers what burnout is, why they already have the tools to resist it, and how they can become agents of burnout resistance in the lives of those around them. Burnout cannot be avoided, but it can be resisted. Combining academic rigor with memorable anecdotes, insightful illustrations, and techniques that can immediately be implemented, The Burnout Resistance Manual will help knowledge workers overcome the stressors in their lives. OUTLINE * Burnout in Tech * Defining Burnout * Burning Down Barriers (Find a Network) * Burning Down Distractions (Focus) * Burning Down Health Inhibitors (Health is Wealth) * Staying Under the Ideal Line (Consistency > Perfection)


Having experience in software development (i.e., having shipped working software to production) will help geeks understand the examples and takeaways from this session.

Take Aways

  • The difference between stress and burnout
  • How web infrastructure principles can help you understand burnout
  • How to leverage the Burnout Resistance Framework
  • How to model burnout resistance for the benefit of the people around you
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