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The line-up so far plus new break and lunch activities

08:00

WELCOME

Registration & Refreshments

Welcome to StaffPlus London 2024

09:05 10 mins

Welcome to StaffPlus London 2024

A welcome to StaffPlus London 2024 from the host Suhail Patel.

Featuring:

Suhail Patel
Suhail Patel
Senior Staff Engineer Monzo
09:30

Influencing through getting your carrots in a row

Staff+ engineers often talk about the struggle of influencing without authority. One less talked about method of influencing is understanding and aligning incentives. In this talk, Joy will go through some of the common incentives and motivators as well as real examples that she has encountered.

Featuring:

Joy Ebertz
Joy Ebertz
Principal Software Engineer Split.io
09:55

Architecting for scale: Revisiting fundamentals for sustainable growth

In tech, the conventional approach to building systems often assumes planet-scale requirements from the outset, often resulting in architectures that might scale up smoothly but can often burden organisations with unnecessary complexity and costs from the get-go regardless of whether the anticipated user scale materialises or not. In this talk, Viktor challenges this approach by advocating for adaptability and a return to basics in system design.

Featuring:

Segun Viktor Orekoya
Segun Viktor Orekoya
Staff Engineer Personio
10:20

Deming's wisdom for staff+ engineers: A modern take on timeless principles

W. Edwards Deming was a visionary whose profound insights into quality, systems thinking, and the psychology of human behaviour have significantly shaped management practices for over seven decades. In this talk, Annie delves into how Staff+ Engineers can embody Deming's timeless wisdom to enhance quality, productivity, and both employee and customer satisfaction within the modern engineering landscape.

Featuring:

Annie Vella
Annie Vella
Distinguished Engineer Westpac New Zealand
10:50

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Joy Ebertz
Principal Software Engineer
Segun Viktor Orekoya
Staff Engineer
Annie Vella
Distinguished Engineer

Table Talks

Join facilitated group conversations with other leaders on:

  • How to tell if your team is doing well

Featuring:

Martha Moniz
Senior Engineering Manager
Laura Tacho
CTO
Nsikan Essien
Engineering Manager

Table Talks

Join facilitated group conversations with other leaders on:

  • How to write documentation that people actually read

Featuring:

Joy Aguguo
Software Test Consultant
Tom Ahi
Co-Founder

Complete your "Voltron Quest"

Inspired by Lara Hogan’s Manager Voltron, build your personal network at StaffPlus London. 

Featuring:

Marcus Gardiner
Technical Principal

Meet the Author

Bring a book and get it signed - or just have a chat.

Featuring:

Andrew Harmel-Law
Technical Principal
11:40

Filling the void: Operating as a staff engineer in a leaderless scope

In this talk, Sami and Guillaume detail their experiences as Staff Engineers functioning as Tech Leads, Glues and Facilitators in a leaderless role. They will discuss the real-world problems they faced, their solutions, and the lessons learned which allowed them to grow as leaders and as an organization.

Featuring:

Sami Farhat
Sami Farhat
Senior Staff Engineer Back Market
Guillaume Mazollier
Guillaume Mazollier
Staff Engineer Back Market
12:10

Doing "the most important thing" is a trap

Sometimes “the most important thing” isn’t the thing that you should be doing - you’re a part of a broader team, remember! And maybe, just maybe, someone else should be doing the thing instead. It’s especially tough to remember this when companies and teams are changing; when you lose those key individuals and roles which keep the machinery working and processes flowing, but it’s a slippery slope to ending up doing the essential things, but not your responsibility, and never being able to find time for the critical IC Leadership stuff that only you can provide. In talk, James explains why you need to say 'No' to people more, and how things can go wrong when you don’t learn to do it enough.

Featuring:

James  Ford
James Ford
Staff Engineer Compare the Market
12:20

Letting the best ideas win

I’m an engineering leader with a few years experience of providing technical leadership to multiple teams, and my biggest weakness is a tendency to evangelise my great ideas to teams before they’ve even had a chance to consider the problem I’m trying to solve. This talk will explain why this is generally a pretty bad idea; it won’t surface the best ideas and it doesn’t let more junior engineers develop their skills. Instead, there are steps you can take to make sure that the idea adopted to solve a problem is the best idea available, even if you aren’t the one who came up with it.

Featuring:

Tristan Heal
Tristan Heal
Principal Software Engineer Eventbrite
12:30

Sunsetting legacy: Navigating the shop merchant eligibility data pipeline migration

Let's talk about migration, especially the less spotlighted part: the process of dismantling the legacy system. How do you go about it? How did others approach it? In this talk, Dianing will share the strategies used to disassemble Shopify legacy data pipelines responsible for managing merchant eligibility on the Shop apps.

Featuring:

Dianing Yudono
Dianing Yudono
Senior Software Engineer Shopify
13:00

Lunch

Network, learn and explore during every break

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Sami Farhat
Senior Staff Engineer
Guillaume Mazollier
Staff Engineer
James Ford
Staff Engineer
Tristan Heal
Principal Software Engineer
Dianing Yudono
Senior Software Engineer

Career next steps Q&A

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

  • Tackling the role of Tech Lead

Featuring:

Lisa Karlin Curtis
Technical Lead
Humayra Hanif
Senior Software Engineer
Michael Tempest
Senior Engineering Team Lead
Rui Posse
Lead Software Engineer

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on:

  • How to build an effective, human-centred on-call process

Featuring:

Tatsiana Mihai
Staff Engineer
Peter Mounce
Senior Engineer
Alicia Collymore
Engineering Manager

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on:

  • Where to focus your attention as a staff+ leader?

Featuring:

Manisha Lopes
Data Engineering Team Lead
Jonathan Courtois
Distinguished Engineer
Oana Panainte
Senior Principal Quality Engineer

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Coaches:

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Mathias Meyer
Executive Coach & Founding Partner

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Women leaders

Featuring:

Anastasia Lopez
Engineering Lead
Irina Kamalova
Senior Backend Software Engineer

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Leaders with disabilities

Featuring:

Sally Lait
Engineering Director – Safety & Integrity
Andrew Hayward
Accessibility Engineer

Meet the Author

Bring a book and get it signed - or just have a chat.

Featuring:

Lara Hogan
VP of Engineering
14:35

Navigating complex projects: Finding the right mode of operation

In this talk, Mahmut shares his journey of deciding on an effective mode of operation when engaging with complex projects.

Featuring:

Mahmut  Canga
Mahmut Canga
Principal Software Engineer Microsoft
15:00

Modeling complex systems

All too often our interactions with production (roll out a config change, turn down an old job, etc.), are met with unexpected, disastrous, reactions. We revise our mental models of how the system works, repair the outage if one occurs, and pick up with our change where we left off. One useful tool can be a dashboard that captures the scope of the whole system, with links to monitoring and other information about each component. In this talk, Rita will look at examples of these dashboards that represent scopes of the system.

Featuring:

Rita Sodt
Rita Sodt
Staff Site Reliability Engineer Google
15:15

Have AI Got News for You

In this presentation, Katie will share eight prompting techniques designed to leverage LLMs towards crafting first drafts that meet the quality of Financial Times journalism.

Featuring:

Katie Koschland
Katie Koschland
Principal Engineer Financial Times
15:45

Refreshment beak

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:

Mahmut Canga
Principal Software Engineer
Rita Sodt
Staff Site Reliability Engineer
Katie Koschland
Principal Engineer

Career next steps Q&A

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

  • Stepping into the role of Staff Engineer

Featuring:

Liem Pham
Staff Product Engineer
Olga Leus
Senior Staff Engineer
Gary Hammett
Staff Software Engineer
Joice Marinay
Staff Software Engineer

Solution Swap

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

  • My team is being asked to move faster, but we’re already flat out - what can I do?

Featuring:

Joel Chippindale
CTO Coach
Ray Cooper
Co-founder

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on how to interpret engineering data in a holistic way.

Featuring:

Sadee Akhtar
Director of Expert Services
Derik Evangelista
Principal Software Engineer
Monal Sanghvi
Technology Leader

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on how you can maintain a healthy culture even under high pressure.

Featuring:

Niraj Patel
Staff Engineer
Sumitra Varma
Head of Engineering
Josh Emerson
Head of Engineering

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Featuring:

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Mathias Meyer
Executive Coach & Founding Partner

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Black leaders

Featuring:

Amina Adewusi
Chinonso Ani
Engineering Manager / Founder

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Leaders on the autism spectrum 

Featuring:

Dennie Declercq
President, Microsoft MVP
Jonathan Fielding
Staff Engineer

Meet the Author

Bring a book and get it signed - or just have a chat.

Featuring:

Jacqui Read
Author of Communication Patterns
16:30

Is staff engineering valuable at a small company?

In Staff+ circles and conferences like this, you’ll hear a lot about scaling up, handling large numbers of people, and expanding influence - all important skills at large enterprises. But what about scaling down? Are Staff Engineers still useful on a smaller scale? How and where can the same sorts of skills be applied when there are only 10-50 total engineers? Glen shares some of his experiences from moving to a smaller company with his Staff+ experience, sharing some of the things that are very effective but only really possible at a smaller scale.

Featuring:

Glen Mailer
Glen Mailer
Staff Software Engineer Geckoboard
17:00

Fitness functions: Creating consistency across hundreds of services

As Staff+ Engineers, we are often asked to come up with general guidelines for engineering teams to follow. While these are powerful tools for aligning teams and building a good engineering culture, they don't ensure consistent adoption. Fitness functions are a way to codify these guidelines into a set of automated tests that can be run against your services. In this talk, Bijan will show the different ways fitness functions are employed at Jimdo to keep track of the state of our over 200 services.

Featuring:

Bijan  Chokoufe Nejad
Bijan Chokoufe Nejad
Staff Engineer Jimdo
17:15

When Speed Matters: Lessons in temporary solutions from real world landmarks

As software engineers, we’re reluctant to build short-term tactical solutions that subsequently need to be torn down and replaced with a ‘proper’ solution. The short-term solution is often heavily criticised (and often rightly so) because of the pain of the migration and cleanup. This talk will explore how tactical tech has an important part to play and can inform much bigger and more expensive decisions. A ‘hacky’ solution can mean you’re getting data from real customers much sooner and unearthing details would have otherwise remained unknown.

Featuring:

Amir Safavi
Amir Safavi
Staff Software Engineer Google
17:40 10 min

CLOSE

StaffPlus London 2024 Wrap-up

Closing session

18:00

Networking mixer

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

CTO After Hours Panel

Hear from technology leaders at the highest level of engineering. Find out what the CTOs of top organisations need from their teams and what their focus is for 2024 and beyond.

Featuring:

Scott Carey
Editor in Chief
Meri Williams
CTO and Advisor
Rafe Colburn
Chief Product & Technology Officer
Rebecca Salsbury
Chief Technology Officer

Become a LeadDev Contributor AMA

Hear from the LeadDev content team on the secrets of crafting winning speaker submissions, effective article proposals and how to get involved with the community.

Featuring:

Anastasija Kovacevic
Editor
Melinda Seckington
Ishaan Singh
Mariana Valette
Content Producer
Rob Smith
Content Producer

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Glen Mailer
Staff Software Engineer
Bijan Chokoufe Nejad
Staff Engineer
Amir Safavi
Staff Software Engineer

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