Confirmed line-up and activities

08:00 1h 45min

WELCOME

Registration & Refreshments

Welcome to LeadDev Berlin 2024

09:40 10 mins

Welcome to LeadDev Berlin 2024

A welcome to LeadDev Berlin 2024 from the host Lena Reinhard.

Featuring:

Lena Reinhard
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
09:55

Keynote talk

Irina has over a decade's experience in software engineering where she has worked for companies like Google and Uber. As the founder and CEO of The Caring Techie, she curates an audience of over 45,000 engineering leaders who she has helped navigate software engineering leadership.

Featuring:

Irina Stanescu
Irina Stanescu
Founder & CEO - Engineering Leadership Coach The Caring Techie
10:20

Estimates as probabilities

In this talk, Luis will propose a method of switching estimations from cost and effort to a probability map for time of delivery, making conversations about estimates easier with engineers and useful for stakeholders in order to have a better answer to ... "When will this be ready?"

Featuring:

Luis  Martin-Santos
Luis Martin-Santos
Senior Engineering Manager Cabify
10:50

Engineering leadership in 2024 and beyond: Skating where the puck is going when the ice is melting

A sneak peek into the 2024 LeadDev Engineering Management report: how the role is changing and what these changes mean for the industry at large.

Featuring:

Lena Reinhard
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Scott Carey
Scott Carey
Editor in Chief LeadDev
11:15

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Luis Martin-Santos
Senior Engineering Manager
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Scott Carey
Editor in Chief
Irina Stanescu
Founder & CEO - Engineering Leadership Coach

Complete your "Voltron Quest"

Inspired by Lara Hogan’s Manager Voltron, build your personal network at LeadDev Berlin. 

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Tech Leads

Solution swap

Work together to find ways of solving a common problem posed by our moderator.

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on running effective code reviews.

12:00

Launching a Gen AI powered travel companion: A case for tiger teams

In this talk, Aman discusses Booking.com's launch of a Generative AI-powered travel companion in 2023, outlining the journey from conception to successful launch within a tight three-month timeframe. The presentation will offer insights into the intricate process of delivering a complex product within a short duration through a focused team effort. It covers best practices for forming a tiger team, efficient delivery mechanisms, and transitioning the product into a permanent setup, post-launch.

Featuring:

Aman Bakshi
Aman Bakshi
Senior Engineering Manager Booking.com
12:25

How games brought our Engineering Principles to life

In this talk, Christoph wants to share a few ideas that you can copy or that inspire you to come up with your own games!

Featuring:

Christoph Neijenhuis
Christoph Neijenhuis
Director of Technology Commercetools
13:15

Technical diplomacy

The role of a Staff Engineer often involves work across the org chart, reaching out to unfamiliar teams and colleagues with competing incentives and varying levels of enthusiasm for our unsolicited bright ideas. With no direct reports to instruct, no cash to flash, and no authority to wield, overcoming the inertia of large-scale, cross-cutting projects can seem daunting. In this talk, Ross follows a multi-team project where organisational dynamics shaped some architectural decisions and inter-team friction was clouding judgement. He looks at how empathy, inclusive language, and collaborative exercises helped to break the impasse and bring a feature from hunch to implementation. He also considers international diplomacy to see the surprising parallels between API design and negotiating with terrorists.


Featuring:

Ross McFarlane
Ross McFarlane
Staff Engineer Form3
13:05

Feeling the squeeze? GreenOps offers a sustainable solution for busy engineering teams

Many organizations have embraced FinOps to optimize costs and solutions. But with stretched resources, how can engineering teams integrate sustainability? Explore the world of Green Software and discover how GreenOps seamlessly extends FinOps and DevOps principles. Sarah delves into the multidisciplinary aspects of Green Software and how green operations further unlock efficiency and automation – a crucial step in tackling climate change.

Featuring:

Sarah (Chun-Wei) Hsu
Sarah (Chun-Wei) Hsu
Vice President, Site Reliability Engineer Goldman Sachs
13:15

Lunch

Network, learn and explore during every break

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Aman Bakshi
Senior Engineering Manager
Christoph Neijenhuis
Director of Technology
Ross McFarlane
Staff Engineer
Sarah (Chun-Wei) Hsu
Vice President, Site Reliability Engineer

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on tackling difficult conversations.

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Engineering Managers
14:40

On-call revolution: Building a culture of ownership and collaboration

In this talk, Ayelen dives deep into the story, the challenges, solutions, and the iterative process of implementing a unique on-call rotation when traditional SRE support was unavailable. Discover how this approach not only reduced costs and complexity but also empowered developers to take ownership of their services, fostering a culture of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and continuous feedback.

Featuring:

Ayelen Chavez
Ayelen Chavez
Head of Engineering OLX Group
15:05

Decoding candidate experiences: A new era in tech hiring

This talk will delve into the intimate realities of the candidate experience, powered by first-hand accounts and data analysis collected via the 'What the Candidate says' podcast series and interviews with candidates, hiring managers and recruiters.

Featuring:

Elif Schaefer
Elif Schaefer
Data Engineering Manager
15:20

What your browser can teach you about software security

This talk, from a security engineer (and recovering browser engineer) takes you through some of these lessons.

Featuring:

Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin
Senior Staff Security Engineer Causaly
16:00

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Ayelen Chavez
Head of Engineering
Elif Schaefer
Data Engineering Manager
Mark Goodwin
Senior Staff Security Engineer

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Staff Engineers

Become a LeadDev Contributor AMA

Hear from the LeadDev content team on the secrets of crafting winning speaker submissions and effective article proposals.

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on innovating with fewer resources.

16:40

Why you’re doing service catalogs wrong

In this talk, Lisa will explain how we can break this cycle, providing an alternative approach for delivering incremental value while building your catalogue. This will include tips to take back to your teams, whether you’ve got a catalogue or haven’t even started.

Featuring:

Lisa Karlin Curtis
Lisa Karlin Curtis
Software Engineer incident.io
17:10

Effective communication: Mastering growth-oriented feedback

Drawing from learning science and best practices in teaching, as well as her unique perspective at the crossroads of education, professional development, and engineering, Erica will share techniques for effective feedback that range from narrowing and defining the scope of your feedback to understanding your audience and meeting them where they are, to returning to, building upon, and recognizing progress made on past feedback.

Featuring:

Erica Chesley
Erica Chesley
Software Engineer Plaid
17:20

Ice, confusion, and the 38,000ft crash

On June 1, 2009, Air France flight 447 departed from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with 228 passengers and crew onboard on an overnight flight to Paris. They would never make it. The Airbus A330 operating the flight was one of the safest planes in the sky, with zero major accidents in 15 years of commercial service, so what was different the night that AF 447 crashed into the Atlantic? When the aircraft’s black boxes were finally recovered from the ocean floor two years later, they told the harrowing tale of an accident sequence that only lasted four minutes and twenty-three seconds from start to finish. Let’s dig into what happened that night because there’s a lot for us to learn from this aircraft and crew about the systems we build and how we build them.

Featuring:

Nickolas Means
Nickolas Means
VP of Engineering MedScout
18:00

Networking mixer

Spend some time with other attendees after Day 1 of the conference.

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Lisa Karlin Curtis
Software Engineer
Erica Chesley
Software Engineer
Nickolas Means
VP of Engineering

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