This talk took place at CukenFest London 2019, our annual conference for BDD enthusiasts. More info here –
This talk tells the story of how Mike and Jamie built ERMI, a tool for detecting financial crime. Mike is an expert in preventing financial crime and money laundering and Jamie is an autistic developer who normally focuses on digital accessibility. They have been friends for over a decade.
While working together building a kit car called “ERMY” they got talking about work and discussed the frustration with the tools for monitoring financial activity. Transaction monitoring rarely delivers value to the user while costing a fortune. Easily detectable crime goes undetected either because the tools are too rigid or unaffordable to those who need them.
This discussion slowly evolved (often while at least one of them was under a car holding a spanner) until they started to play. With Mike’s knowledge of regulations and crime, and Jamie’s software skills could they build something? Would it be useful to other people? Could they use their experience of building cars together to build software?
ERMI was born. A lightweight transaction monitoring tool. Along the way they had to reconsider everything from the way data is stored to the way users get results.
This talk will leave the audience with details of the following:
Effective collaboration between disciplines (law + development)
How Mike and Jamie harness the strengths of autistic thinking (and manage some of the difficulties)
Developer productivity, how to achieve big tasks with tiny resources
Scaling using docker/cloud
Automation, BDD process and planning.
Jamie Knight (@JamieKnight) + Mike Southgate (@misterwookie)