Episode 23: Gail Murphy

About Gail Murphy

Gail Murphy


Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Vice-President Research and Innovation at the University of British Columbia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), as well as co-founder, board member and former Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Incorporated.

After completing her B.Sc. at the University of Alberta in 1987, she worked for five years as a software engineer in the Lower Mainland. She later pursued graduate studies in computer science at the University of Washington, earning first a M.Sc. (1994) and then a Ph.D. (1996) before joining UBC.

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by providing the necessary tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that matters most for their work. She also maintains an active research group with post-doctoral and graduate students.

About this episode

In the final Mik + One episode of 2020, Mik is joined by Gail Murphy, Tasktop Co-Founder, and Professor of Computer Science and VP of Research and Innovation at the University of British Columbia. This episode with Mik and Gail includes discussion points around:

  • Insights into some of the cutting edge research projects Gail has led on productivity, tooling and development teams
  • Measuring individual, team and organizational productivity and unproductivity
  • Software development as a complex task and the need for teams to have autonomy to apply complex work
  • The fundamentals of decision making and the importance of flow for a fast feedback loop and continuous learning cycle

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