PRO TALK (API): Working Backwards - Docs First , Specs Next, Code Last

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Rahul Dighe
PayPal, Lead Product - Integrations

I am passionate about building platforms and experiences that developers love. I have been working at the intersection of #apis, #developer-experience and #fintech for a number of years.

Over the course of my career I have launched multiple API products from 0 to 1 and seen them through make significant contribution to to the company bottom line. In doing so, I have made quite a few mistakes and use the opportunity when I speak at industry events to share such mistakes with my peers with the hope that they learn from it and avoid it to the best they can.


I am a big believer in the philosophy of working backwards from the customer. Although there has been a lot of focus and impetus on working with Specifications first and Code last; my aim in this talk is to take this one step further.

I believe that one should start with the developer and their integration experience first and then work backwards from there to define the specification and finally resulting in code.

There are significant advantages to this approach and I plan to use the talk to share about how do I do so in practice and how teams can build the muscle although it initially feels not natural to do so.