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We're excited to bring you some of the industry’s brightest engineering leaders:
Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage technology venture fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. On behalf of Passion, Eileen serves as non-executive director on a number of fast growing SMEs including Monzo Bank, Digital Shadows, Tide, Butternut Box, Prowler.io and Focal Point Positioning, among others.
In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of Tech City UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting the digital economy across the UK. She is also the UK Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by the Chancellor; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and served on former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group. Eileen was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jean-Michel Lemieux is the Chief Technology Officer at Shopify and joined the company in 2015. Prior to joining Shopify, he served as the Vice President of Engineering at Atlassian and as the Chief Architect for Rational Team Concert, a division of IBM. Jean-Michel co-authored the book, Eclipse Rich Client Platform and has filed two U.S. patents on software configuration management. Jean-Michel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa.
Charity is CTO and cofounder of honeycomb.io and fundamentalist preacher of the Way, the Light and the Truth of Observability.
Dana Lawson has 20 years of experience as an engineer and engineering leader. She has worn many hats to complement a product’s lifecycle through her leadership roles at Heptio, Invision, New Relic and GitHub where she currently serves as VP of Engineering. With a background in fine arts, she brings her creative vision to chart new waters and lead the engineering teams of the future.
Rukmini Reddy is the VP of Platform Engineering at Slack. She joined Slack earlier this year to lead teams that deliver exceptional first-party and third-party app experience, as well as drive the vision of Workflow Builder - Slack's no-code automation tool. Before Slack, she was VP of Engineering at Abstract, Model N, and other enterprise SaaS companies.
Her experience as an immigrant, a woman, and a developer with nearly 15 years of technical experience, have prepared her to lead large and diverse engineering teams, and forge genuine human connections with her colleagues. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been juggling work and home-school like most parents in 2020 for her 7-year-old twin boys.
Bruce has been an engineering leader for 15+ years, and currently an Engineering Director at Netflix, leading API Systems. The team creates a unified abstraction and aggregation layer over disparate Netflix mid-tier systems, enabling device teams to build innovative user experiences through a consistent API layer. On the consumer side they enable signup, content discovery, and partner experiences on 1000+ device types, and on the studio side, they maintain a federated GraphQL service that powers dozens of internal applications that enable Netflix’s global studio functions. Prior to that, he was the Sr Director of Eng at Shippo, VPE at Packet and CTO, Co-founder or Eng Leader at various startups and enterprises. He is also a serious foodie and resides in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.
Nimisha Asthagiri is Chief Architect at edX where she drives strategic technical initiatives to implement an intentional architecture for the next generation of large-scale online learning. She aligns developers on design principles to enable an extensible and innovative open-source platform, with the help of a global community. In her role as Director of Engineering, she proudly serves a group of driven, compassionate, and open-minded core-platform engineers.
Prior to joining edX 7 years ago, Nimisha led security development at Groove Networks, a startup focused on peer-to-peer group communications. Her journey also included taking several years off to raise a family and to lead local community volunteer efforts in various educational contexts. Nimisha remains passionate about education as an avenue to inspire and improve the lives of many. Her current employer, edX, is a non-profit open-source education movement for restless learners to unlock their potential.
Papanii N Okai is an executive who is currently a Director of Engineering and Architecture at Venmo. Papanii has been in the tech world since the early 2000s and has worked at numerous startups over the years.
Prior to becoming a Director at Venmo, Papanii was the Chief architect of Venmo given the task to help build the next generation of Venmo’s payment platform. Papanii is a software engineer at heart and loves to build solutions that delight customers. From building mobile apps, backend distributed platforms from monoliths to micro services, Papanii indulges himself in technology both new and old.
Papanii also has a unique background and perspective based on growing up and studying on multiple continents that include Africa, Europe and America.
Papanii holds multiple degrees from the University of San Francisco in Computer Science and Internet Engineering. He loves food, languages and Japanese anime.
Currently, VP of engineering at Impira, responsible for the execution and delivery of the entire product line. Previously, as Sr. Director of engineering at Reddit, progressively managed the Web experience, Search, Data, Platform, ML, and Ops teams over a span of 2.5 years. Notably, led the teams responsible for Reddit’s web redesign and a native video platform that contributes well over 1 billion monthly views. Prior to that, over eight years at Microsoft, grew from an Individual Contributor to an Engineering Manager and led the execution of the Power BI web app, creating next-generation business intelligence experiences.
Born and raised in South India, an MS graduate from Purdue University, I am passionate about learning, teaching, and sharing. Led a boot camp with MySkills4Afrika, teaching startups in Uganda how to use PowerBI over 2 weeks. Hosted a video series to profile Seattle startups as co-ordinator with StartedinSeattle.
Anjuan Simmons is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to the database. He is an energetic and informative speaker who presents at conferences, seminars, schools, and community centers around the world on topics including Agile software development, diversity, and leadership. Anjuan has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
Anna Shipman is Technical Director for Customer Products at the Financial Times, leading on the award-winning FT.com website and the FT iPhone and Android apps.
She has been a software developer for over 15 years. Before working at the FT, she was a technical architect and the UK government's Open Source Lead at the Government Digital Service.
She speaks at conferences, blogs on her personal website, tweets and is always up for a game of pool.
Arquay is the Senior Director of Engineering for Expansion. Prior to Slack she was a Web Development Manager at Google where she lead a team of Information Architects, Developers and Designers. Before that, as Director of Engineering at CBS Interactive, she oversaw the development teams for the B2B brands including ZDNet and Moneywatch. Arquay is a developer who also has a Masters in Design and she loves the marriage of form and function. When not working she can be found cooking, stumbling over guitar and piano chords or watching Seinfeld.
Asanka Jayasuriya brings over 20 years of SaaS and software engineering expertise and technical leadership to SailPoint. In his role as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Asanka is responsible for the entire SailPoint engineering organization across all products and DevOps, in addition to CTO responsibilities. Prior to joining SailPoint, he served as the senior vice president of engineering for InVision, head of engineering at Atlassian and senior engineering and site leader for Amazon in Toronto.
Banjo is a Senior Research Engineer at Two Six Labs, where he develops platform solutions for productizing various researched-based projects. Banjo is passionate about operationalizing data and has started a podcast, a meetup, and open source projects around utilizing data.
Claudius Mbemba (mem'buh) is CTO & CoFounder @ neu. A Speaker & Tech Entrepreneur who advises early-stage founders and aspiring entrepreneurs using the tips and tricks he's learned along the way. He has a background in software engineering having previously worked as a top software engineer at Microsoft on Outlook, Cloud, Bots, and Emerging Technologies.
Along with his CoFounder @ neu, Claudius was nominated for the GeekWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2020) and graduated from the Techstars Seattle Startup Accelerator.
Claudius holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from The Ohio State University. Played D1 NCAA Football at his alma mater. And now sits on the Ohio State University Alumni Board of Seattle.
He has a long history and passion for entrepreneurship having started entrepreneurship-focused student orgs, organized Startup Weekends, and founded 2 startups while he was in college.
Claudius has been invited to speak to everyone from University students to CTOs/Engineering Executives at the Nasdaq in NYC.
He is passionate about raising the number of marginalized people (BIPOC, Women, LGBTQIA+) in Tech & VC by paving the way, holding the door open, and paying it forward.
Claudius believes the most important thing to do, is just get started. His personal motto is, "The sooner you start, The sooner you finish." He even has this tattooed on his arm! And in code, no less!
Daniel Burke has more than 12 years of software development experience and has 6 years of engineering leadership working at companies on the east and west coasts including Yelp, Handshake, and currently Square. Burke, as he likes to be called, leads a team of backend and Android engineers building elegant ways for businesses to take payments with Square.
Burke has also invested time in organizing and facilitating coding events for underestimated youth across the country, partnering with organizations like Boys & Girls Club, Mission Bit, and SFUSD.
Burke also draws experience from his past time as a small business owner, a traveling preacher, and a father of a 8 year-old princess and a 14 year-prince. He currently leads his team remotely from sunny Virginia Beach, VA
Duana has been building web applications and APIs since 2006 in a mix of start-up and enterprise companies. She was fortunate to accompany SoundCloud for 5 years on their microservices journey and is interested in how distributed architecture is evolving and the gains and pains associated with it. She currently works as a Software Engineer for Cash App in Brisbane, Australia.
Elaine Zhou is the Chief Technology Officer of Change.org, the world’s largest social change platform with more than 400 million users in 196 countries. As Change.org’s technical leader, Elaine leads a global engineering team to drive Change.org to the forefront of Responsible AI, to elevate the platform capability to reach a larger community, and engage repeat users who can lead change for their causes.
Most recently, Elaine was the CTO at Vidado.ai, an Oakland AI startup, dedicated to use Artificial Intelligence to help organizations unlock critical insight trapped in handwritten documents to drive their operations and strategy. Previously, Elaine was the SVP of Development overseeing engineering and product development at Clean Power Finance (CPF), a solar leasing & financing startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures.
Elaine’s 20+ years of experience includes technology strategy, AI research and development, software product development and process improvement. Elaine received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley. In her free time, Elaine can be found traveling to some far flung island, paddleboarding Richardson Bay, hiking a local peak or discussing life in a startup over milk tea with her husband, Ken.
Ellen Wong is a Director of Engineering at Calm, where she leads their B2B Product Engineering and Backend Platform. Before that, she was at Periscope Data By Sisense, where she led their product integration post merger. She prides herself in building happy and productive teams and believes that teams work best when they are having fun.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband and pup, and loves nothing more than snuggling with her pup on a beach with a glass of wine
Ezechi Britton, Code Untapped CEO, Impact X Founding Member, Principal & CTO in Residence. A tech founder with over 15 years experience in FinTech.
Ez’s journey has taken him from Software Developer to Co-Founder and CTO to Venture Capital He is currently a Founding Member, Principal and CTO in Residence at Impact X Capital Partners LLP a venture fund focused on supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs.
He is the Co-Founder of Code Untapped, a digital skills accelerator that helps companies find innovative product solutions by giving them access to diverse and underrepresented technologists through their innovation labs events.
He is a former Co-Founder of Neyber a multi-award-winning Fintech firm focused on financial wellbeing, where he was the founding CTO and held numerous roles during his tenure including brand ambassador and NED Ez also advises a number of boards.
He is currently advisor to the board of UKITL (UK IT Leaders Network) and Albany Group. Ez is also a NED for Findexable the real-time Fintech Index.
Farhan Thawar is currently VP, Engineering at Shopify via the acquisition of Helpful.com where he was co-founder and CTO. Previously he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and VP, Engineering at Pivotal Labs via the acquisition of Xtreme Labs. Farhan is an avid investor and advisor to startups in Toronto and San Francisco, including being a mentor at yCombinator and First Round Capital. Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, and Trilogy. Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.
Ines Sombra is a Senior Director of Engineering at Fastly, where she spends her time helping the Web go faster. Ines holds an M.S. in Computology with an emphasis on Cheesy 80’s Rock Ballads. She has a fondness for steak, fernet, and a pug named Gordo. In a previous life she was a Data Engineer.
Julia Ferraioli is a Technical Program Manager with Google’s Open Source Programs Office. She's a polyglot, though in code only, and is excited about accessibility, open source, machine learning, and sprinkles. She’s also a fierce supporter of LaTeX, the Oxford comma, and small pull requests.
Katie is the VP of Engineering at Buffer, which is a globally distributed team with no offices. She’s co-authored “97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know” and "Atomic Migration Strategy for Web Teams", both with O’Reilly. Katie is currently lead author on the definitive guide to remote work, coming soon through holloway.com. She champions remote work and personal flourishing.
Kevin Goldsmith has been a developer, software architect, technology manager, and senior technology executive for over 28 years. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Anaconda, overseeing innovation for Anaconda’s current open-source and commercial offerings, as well as developing new solutions to bring data science practitioners together with innovators, vendors, and thought leaders in the industry.
Formerly, Kevin was the Chief Technology Officer at Onfido; Chief Technology Officer at Avvo; the Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify; a Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems; and, development lead at Microsoft.
Leemay Nassery is an engineering manager at Spotify working on homepage personalization. Prior to joining Spotify, she led the engineering efforts for personalization and a/b testing on Comcast's video products.
Leila is a founding partner at Kindred Capital, a London-based venture capital firm founded in 2015. Kindred is pioneering so-called equitable venture, where they share the profit of the fund (the carried income) with every entrepreneur they invest in - turning founders into partners in every sense of the word. Leila is on the board of companies including Polywork, Pollen, and LabGenius, and serves as senior advisory board member to Entrepreneur First. She is both an investor and an entrepreneur, with over a decade of operating experience in technology businesses, including cofounding her own health technology business in Silicon Valley. Leila is a mathematician by training with a first class degree from Yale University and a Harvard MBA.
Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s a CTO and also runs micro-consultancy ChromeRose, helping digital & technical teams be brilliant. An alumna of Procter & Gamble and the Government Digital Service, she has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.
Nick is SVP of Engineering at Fastly, the Edge Cloud platform. Prior to Fastly, Nick was Chief Technology Officer at The New York Times, overseeing product engineering, infrastructure and R&D. Previously he was Chief Technology Officer of Conde Nast, and Digital CTO at MTV Networks. Throughout his career, Nick has worked at the intersection of media and the Internet, building digital products at scale. Nick graduated from Yale in 1990 with a B.A in Literary Theory.
Randy has been building distributed systems and high performing teams for 30 years, and has worked as a senior technology leader at eBay, Google, Stitch Fix, and WeWork. He coaches CTOs, advises companies, and generally makes a nuisance of himself wherever possible. He talks a lot, sometimes at conferences about software. He recently returned to eBay as VP Engineering and Chief Architect.
Ryn Daniels is a staff site reliability engiqueer who got their start in programming with TI-80 calculators back when GeoCities was still cool. Their work has focused on infrastructure operability, sustainable on-call practices, and the design of effective and empathetic engineering cultures. They are the co-author of O’Reilly’s Effective DevOps and have spoken at numerous industry conferences on devops engineering and culture topics. Ryn lives in Berlin, Germany with a perfectly reasonable number of cats and in their spare time can often be found powerlifting, playing cello, or handcrafting knitted server koozies for the data center.
Sarah Milstein is a Senior Director of Engineering at Mailchimp. Previous roles include Head of Sales & Marketing for 18F.gov; VP of Programs for indie.vc; CEO and co-founder of Lean Startup Productions; and co-author of The Twitter Book. She's also held senior management positions at O’Reilly Media, UBM TechWeb, and several startups. Earlier, she was a freelance journalist writing regularly for The New York Times, she co-founded a record label with children’s musician Laurie Berkner, and she started Just Food's CSA program. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA from Rutgers University. Bonus fact: She was the 21st user of Twitter.
Wambui Kinya is the Vice President of Partner Engineering at Andela, a technology company that builds high performing distributed engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software engineers. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed, Andela has hired more than 1,300 software engineers, with its largest engineering centres in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, and Kigali, a growing presence in Cairo and Accra, and offices in NYC, SF, and Austin. As Vice President of Partner Engineering, Wambui leads Andela’s technology delivery to the global engineering teams we have embedded our developers, supports our developer integration and their capacity to go on and become leading technologists. Wambui was formerly Group Managing Director, Pan Africa and South America, for global technology consulting firm ThoughtWorks.
Currently based in Nairobi, Wambui has been in the professional services (digital, mobile marketing and technology consulting) industry for twenty years and has worked in North America, Europe and Africa for companies such as Praekelt Consulting, IBM Global Business Services and Digitas (Publicis Groupe). Wambui is currently on the boards of Andela Kenya Limited (Chair), Building Markets and a member of ConvrtX and WorkTribe Dyanmics advisory clouds.
Check out the timings on the day and add your must-see talks to your calendar in your own timezone. Each talk and panel will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A session over in our Slack channel. Join now to be part of the discussion.
All sessions are live captioned thanks to the support of Salesforce. Talks and demos will be recorded and made available on-demand after the event.
Welcome to LeadDev Live
10:10 PT • Panel
Building stable engineering organisations in times of change
10:55 PT • Talk
What makes a good process?
10:30 PT • Talk
ICON Framework: Creating Value From Machine Learning
10:50 PT • Demo
Aligning multiple frontends to a shared architecture at NotOnTheHighStreet
11:10 PT • Talk
Storytelling techniques for creating impactful presentations
11:45 PT • Panel
Effective remote communication in complex organisations
11:10 PT • Demo
Boost engineering productivity with data – Code Climate
11:50 PT • Demo
Increase development velocity, reduce application downtime, and optimize performance with Epsagon
12:10 PT • Talk
Habits of highly-performing teams
12:30 PT • Talk
Presenting to executives
12:45 PT • Talk
The Nitty Gritty of Scaling Software Teams
13:20 PT • Panel
Creating, defining, and refining an effective tech strategy
12:30 PT • Demo
Production Excellence with Honeycomb
12:50 PT • Demo
Deployments made easier with feature flags by LaunchDarkly
13:10 PT • Demo
GitOps keeps focus on product, not on infrastructure with Platform.sh
13:50 PT • Demo
Creating a culture of code ownership with Bugsnag
14:05 PT • Talk
A Tour of Decisions in Event-Driven Architecture
14:20 PT • Talk
The Mentor Playbook
14:55 PT • Panel
Strategies for influencing without exerting authority
14:10 PT • Demo
Developer-Driven Security: Owning your projects from inception to commercialisation with Sonatype
14:30 PT • Demo
Distributed systems, distributed teams, and distributed problems with Lightstep
14:50 PT • Demo
Launch your engineering metrics program in 40 minutes with LinearB
15:40 PT • Talk
Difficult listening and having difficult conversations
15:55 PT • Talk
15:30 PT • Demo
Integrating Travis CI in real world solutions. From setup, to build.
15:50 PT • Talk
Designing Cultural Transformations
16:10 PT • Panel
What VCs Want Us to Know as Technical Leaders
16:10 PT • Demo
Increase app confidence using CI/CD with CircleCI
Track 1: Talks & interactive panels
We're really excited to bring you a fantastic program of talks guaranteed to help you grow as a technical leader. You can look forward to topics including influencing without exerting authority, creating, designing and refining an effective tech strategy and building compassion.
Hosted by: Meri Williams
Featuring: Jean Michel Lemieux, Claudius Mbemba, Elaine Zhou
Creating a happy, high-performing engineering team is the goal of any CTO. But whether it’s a dramatic scale-up, an organisational pivot, a time of financial hardship, or even a pandemic; there will always be circumstances that can lead to internal disruption. So how can senior engineering leaders manage these scenarios?
In this panel, we’ll discuss how senior leaders can build solid engineering organisations in times of change. We’ll discuss which considerations need to be made when thinking about stability, how to decide upon and communicate decisions, and how to create a psychologically safe environment for your engineering teams.
Adrienne Lowe • Senior Engineering Manager • ActiveCampaign
In this talk, we’ll explain what makes a good process and think about how you build processes, how you define them, and importantly why you need them. We’ll also think about how to make sure that inclusion is built early into the creation of a process.
Arquay Harris • Senior Director of Engineering, Expansion • Slack
If you ever find yourself staring at a screen not knowing how to even start an important presentation this session is for you! In this talk I underscore the importance of storytelling in public speaking. It’s filled with tips on how to craft a narrative and get your point across in a way that feels natural for you.
Hosted by: Katie Wilde
Featuring: Dana Lawson, Asanka Jayasuriya, Farhan Thawar, Wambui Kinya
Although the proliferation of remote work has increased rapidly over the last nine months, the benefits of embracing distribution have been known for much longer. But as organisations scale, communication in remote settings becomes more complex. So how can we do this effectively in remote orgs?
In this panel, we’ll discuss effective remote communication strategies for organizations. We’ll consider how to communicate (and make!) decisions remotely, strategies for effective synchronous and asynchronous collaboration, and how to communicate one-to-one and one-to-many. We’ll also consider what you’ll need to have in place to make all of this successful.
Kevin Goldsmith • CTO • Anaconda
Presenting to executives at your company is different than giving a presentation to your team, other teams, at a meetup, a conference, or customers. When asked to present to a group of senior leaders from your company, you need to structure your presentation differently, prepare differently, and communicate differently than when speaking to other audiences.
Positive exposure with senior leaders in an organization is valuable for career advancement. It is an excellent opportunity.
This talk presents some concrete strategies for planning your presentation, preparing the attendees, handling unexpected questions, going down rabbit holes, driving the attendees to a decision (if that is your goal), and following up afterward.
Daniel Burke • Senior Engineering Manager, Square
What you do when building an MVP with two people is drastically different from what you do in a 700-person software engineering org?
In this talk I'll walk you through several stories and tips I've encountered while helping scale teams from 0 to 5 and 5 to n within both small and large organizations. You'll hear several approaches to evaluating and adopting appropriate software and design patterns, evaluating and adopting various development processes, and most importantly how to help your people grow as your team grows.
Hosted by: Anna Shipman
Featuring: Randy Shoup, Papanii Nene Okai, Nimisha Asthagiri, Anand Mariappan
If you’re working at a technical organisation you’re certain to have a technical strategy - but thinking now, could you describe or articulate what yours was? Having a defined tech strategy creates alignment and keeps everyone on the same page, creating a more unified strategy. So how do you build a tech strategy.
In this panel, we’ll discuss how to build an effective tech strategy thinking about: what a good technology strategy looks like, how to create a strategy, how to communicate and articulate your creation, and how to adapt it as times change.
Duana Stanley • Software Engineer, CashApp
In an event-driven, (micro-)services based architecture, we imagine a bunch of services with a single responsibility interacting with each other by emitting and reacting to domain events. Sounds nice! Here are some of the decisions we need to make to get there: When do we use API calls vs events for interactions? Do we need to build up local replicas from events when we need data from other services? How do we design events? When do we use event sourcing? In this lightning talk we'll tour through these questions and principles that can help you answer them.
Gabriela Dombrowski • Application Developer, Crema
We often find ourselves in situations where we have knowledge to share and mentor others, but we often don't take the time to learn _how_ to be better mentors.
So are we doing it right?
Through my work as Mentor Director for a monthly coding class, I've been able to compile effective methods through research and experience that will help all developers be better mentors, whether within an established mentor/mentee relationship or quick day-to-day teaching opportunities. By being thoughtful and deliberate in mentoring moments, even sometimes in counterintuitive ways, we can all be a part of creating richer tech communities that foster inclusivity and thrive on collective growth.
Hosted by: Sarah Milstein
Featuring: Rukmini Reddy, Nick Rockwell, Bruce Wang, Ellen Wong
As you progress in seniority as a leader, your scope of influence increases alongside you. But as your relative organisational power increases so does the way in which it effects people. As such, the ways in which leaders wield their influence must change.
In this session we’ll explore ways to influence without exerting authority, providing structures and frameworks that can be applied to multiple situations. We’ll be considering how to clarify and communicate your position, all while taking the needs of your teammates and colleagues into account. We’ll also discuss how to navigate some tricky situations that may occur and times when the direction you are influencing in might prove unpopular.
David Yee • Executive Director, Engagement Mission • The New York Times
As leaders, we talk often about offering good feedback and direction, but we often fail at its deceptively difficult counterpart—the craft of listening. How can you better understand the underpinnings and science of a listening practice applied specifically to difficult situations—in which you have little opportunity to control the context—and build better skills for comprehensive, empathetic listening?
In this session, we will discuss tactics for supporting safe and open one-on-one spaces for listening and understanding constructively.
Julia Feraraoli • Open Source Technical Program Manager, Google
We don't like to think about pain; even pain by proxy is uncomfortable. Generally, people dealing with chronic pain and chronic illness are shamed into silence for making people uncomfortable simply by existing. The tech industry does not escape this attitude, despite our focus on wellness tools, apps, and the desperate desire to code away vulnerability.
As an industry whose decisions affect thousands to millions of people, we need to start building compassion into our products, our workplaces, ourselves. Let's get uncomfortable. Let's talk about pain.
Hosted by: Meri Williams
Featuring: Eileen Burbidge, Leila Zegna, Ezechi Britton
Whether you’re working at a startup or scale-up or other Venture Capital-backed business now, you’ve likely either considered it before, might consider it in future, and you’ve certainly read about technology & engineering at other VC-backed organisations like Spotify, Google, Stitchfix and more.
We’ve assembled an illustrious & distinguished group of VCs for a panel discussing what we as engineering leaders need to know about how venture capital works, and what VCs most want to see from us as leaders in technology.
Track 2: Tech talks & live demos
Our tech and demo track brings together live demonstrations and expert knowledge so you can learn from the best.
Banjo Obayomi • Senior Research Engineer • Two Six Labs
Machine Learning is often referred to as a panacea to solve many organizations' problems. However, without a guiding framework to act upon many efforts are wasted on purpose non-valuable tasks. The ICON framework was built to align business value with software development in order to ensure resources are not wasted. The ICON framework is broken down into 4 parts
- Identify - This part sets up the object from the start of the effort. Questions asked in this phase are
What are you trying to do? Why do we need this? and What is valuable to us?
- Collect - This phase is all about the data needed to reach the goals. Questions asked in this phase are
What data do we need? How do we get the data? How do we prepare the data?
- Operate - This phase is all about operationalizing efforts to create value. Questions asked in this phase are
What do we build? How do we scale our process? What tools do we need?
- Narrate - This phase is about narrating how your process was successfully able to create value. Questions asked in this phase are
Did we build the right thing? Is this working as expected? Are we getting value?
By adhering to the ICON framework during the development cycle stakeholders and developers can contextualize if their efforts are aligned with creating business value. This talk will go over how to incorporate the ICON framework into your development cycles.
Petter Franzen • Principal Engineer • NotOnTheHighStreet
Let your repo and pipeline do the heavy lifting, how we are aligning multiple frontends to a shared architecture at NotOnTheHighStreet.
Michael Moynihan • Commercial Account Executive • Code Climate
Find out how Velocity can help engineering leaders make data-backed decisions that boost team productivity and efficiency. With information from Velocity, you'll gain a complete understanding of how your team is working, so you can streamline processes and set more effective goals.
Chris Harding • Solutions Engineer • Epsagon
Join our live demo to learn how our platform enables teams to instantly simplify, visualize, and understand what's happening within complex microservice architectures. With our comprehensive lightweight auto-instrumentation, users are able to eliminate the gaps in data and manual work associated with other APM solutions, providing significant reductions in issue detection, troubleshooting, and resolution times. Epsagon aggregates, unifies, analyzes, and correlates data from all the third party tools you love, delivering a single pane of glass for understanding containers, Kubernetes, serverless, and more.
Who should attend? DevOps, Engineers, Cloud Architects, CTOs, IT, Software Developers, Solution Architects and Engineers, SREs, and anyone who is running microservice-based applications (Kubernetes, containers, serverless functions, and more) in the cloud.
Charity Majors • CTO and Co-founder , Honeycomb
There is a yawning gap opening up between the best and the rest — the elite top few percent of engineering teams are making incredible gains year over year in reliability and lack of technical drag forces, while the bottom 50% are losing ground. Take an engineer out of an elite-performing team and place them in the bottom 50%, and they become subpar too; take an engineer out of a mediocre team and embed them in an elite team, and they are pulling their weight within the year. I will share with you everything I know — everything that went into building a high-performing team at Honeycomb.
Nathan LeClaire • Solutions Architect, Honeycomb
You may have heard the hype; now see it in action. With Honeycomb, modern dev teams build and operate resilient, reliable systems because they can clearly understand them.
Running queries and getting results fast should be table stakes. Ask any question and get results fast, no matter how many fields, without writing new code. Reduce toil and delight your users.
Jose Romero • Solutions Engineer, LaunchDarkly
Come to our demo to see how LaunchDarkly allows you to deploy code when your team is ready, and then let product teams independently release features when they are ready. Empower your teams to collaborate more, maintain stability, and deliver software faster. Reduce your team member’s stress of being on “pager duty” - with feature flags, you don’t have to roll back code to undo a feature release or mitigate a disaster, simply change the flag status.
Chad Carlson • Developer Relations Engineer, Platform.sh
Development teams spend time on a lot of things other than their product. They manage infrastructure, DevOps and integrations, and even create staging servers so that external agency can test out your sweet new redesign. Maybe it’s not even just one site to worry about, but a whole fleet of applications that need to be kept in-sync, secure, and up-to-date, all while sticking to a release schedule.
No one has that much attention or experience to manage it all, and it’s a lot to ask of them to keep up with.
In this demo you’ll get a view of how the same team solves these problems when their project is hosted on Platform.sh. In short, they don’t need to think much about them. The project didn’t move anywhere - it’s in the same GitHub repository the team is used to working with - but now it’s got some new tools and assurances that weren’t there before with only a few short files needed to configure it all. We’ll cover:
- Infrastructure-as-code: committed and clear infrastructure for all collaborators, where new services and upgrades are single character commits. CI: pull requests become live environments as soon as they’re opened, even for upgrades to infrastructure.
- Production data: a staging server for every proposed change, that’s not just a clone of production code, but also infrastructure and production data that the application really needs to have available for reliable testing prior to merges.
- Access: collaborators can test on isolated copies of production as easily as branching.
- One or many: control extends from a single application to a full fleet just the same.
Ivan Diaz • Solutions Engineer, Bugsnag
Every error does not concern every engineer. Your team members don’t need to be pinged about every application error, especially when an error occurs in someone else’s part of the code. In fact, it can become a negative distraction that takes away focus from their work. Join Bugsnag's Solution Engineer to discover why eliminating noise and focusing on the bugs that you can and should fix, drives a culture of code ownership, and improves developer productivity.
Prioritising and remediating security issues in your projects can be a pain, especially when you’re given a long list of tasks to complete at the end of a deployment. How can you make the build process as seamless as possible for development teams? Join this session as we show how to make developer’s lives easier. Learn how to:
- Upgrade components with the least amount of effort
- Avoid versions that will completely break your project
- How to avoid dangerous components from the get-go
Forrest Anthony Knight Jr • Senior Sales Engineer, Lightstep
Distributed systems, distributed teams, and distributed problems. We should be able to find the root cause of an issue regardless of how our software is built. After all, everything is connected. If you're interested in doing root cause analysis at scale and modernizing your toolset to do so, stop by!
Dan Lines • Co-Founder & COO (Former VP of Engineering • LinearB
Hey Dev Leader, attend this demo and you'll learn 1) which engineering metrics drive the most team improvement 2) how to start your metrics program today 3) how LinearB automates the process for you.
Montana Mendy • Developer Relations Manager • Travis CI
We'll show you how easy it is to get your code source set up with Travis CI using either GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket or Assembla. We'll take you through running your first build, what to expect, what to look out for and how to overcome common issues with software testing.
Ryn Daniels • Site Reliability Engineer • Terraform Cloud
The world of technology changes fast. In order to keep up, the culture of our engineering organizations must be able to change as well. Using the principles of devops as an example, this talk will present a culture design process that will help engineering leaders to identify problems with their current culture, brainstorm concrete solutions, and do so in a way that is sustainable over time.
Angel Rivera • Developer Advocate • CircleCI
CircleCI is a continuous integration and continuous delivery platform that helps software teams work smarter, faster. Join our demo to discover how our platform simplifies the most complex parts of DevOps processes, giving teams confidence in their code, helping them move faster, and helping them focus on what matters: building great products and services.
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Many of our partners are offering free one-to-one consultations throughout January. Here’s summary of what’s on offer:
- Find out more about Lightstep in a 1-2-1 with Austin Parker
- Get expert advice on your observability issues with Honeycomb's DevRel team
- Get your CI/CD questions answered by a member of CircleCI's team
- Find out about career opportunities with NotOnTheHighStreet
- Get career coaching from a member of Peakon's team
- Find out more about Epsagon
- Get advice on how to incorporate feature management with LaunchDarkly
- Find out how to measure application stability across the development lifecycle with Bugsnag
- Talk about your requirements for software builds with TravisCI