Code & Homicide: What Software Developers Can Learn from Offender Profiling

Adam Tornhill

Crux Conception


In this keynote, Homicide Detective and Offender Profiler Crux Conception teams up with Adam Tornhill to investigate novel ways of analyzing source code and organizations. Starting from the perspective of real-world crime scenes, we learn about behavioral patterns and their consequences. We then transfer those learnings to a software context to investigate the traces we developers leave behind as we evolve our code. We explore how these techniques let us prioritize refactoring based on impact, detect high-risk areas of code, as well as visualizing the organizational side of our software architecture. The techniques are pragmatic and illustrated on real-world codebases like Elixir’s Phoenix framework. Join in – your code deserves it!