Inclusive Design and dbt

Evelyn Stamey
Data Scientist II, Civis Analytics

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Have you ever felt that you were not the intended audience of the technology you consume? Are there software design paradigms that simply do not work for you?

In this presentation, I lean on the research of Dr. Margaret Burnett, who studies the intersection of software design and cognitive diversity. Her thesis is that narrow-minded software design alienates people who are not neurotypical with respect to the assumed average user.

I believe dbt was designed with cognitive diversity in mind, which is its primary value-add over similar software solutions. This presentation outlines some inclusive design paradigms that make dbt a leader in the data governance space.

Join the chat in the #coalesce-inclusive-design channel ( If you’re not yet a member of dbt Community Slack, sign up at

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