Leading in context
Patrick Shields explores why Staff+ roles are rarely simple or static, how to adapt your role when things change, and what it means to grow in your own unique path.
How much should staff+ engineers code?
Joy Ertz discusses some of the pros and cons of continuing to code, along with how some of Joy and her peers have thought through and continue to think through this decision.
From zero to "Brands that Matter" - improving scientific discovery during a pandemic
Vic Vijayakumar tells the story of building a world-class platform starting from zero, and how technical decision-making isn't always glamorous.
Leading without authority: an example from security engineering
In this talk we use the experience of a Security Engineer tasked with helping a development team raise their security posture, without being part of it. We will look at what works and what failed, propose tactic and techniques to best position the outsider in, and what observed results were achieved.
Strategies for cloud migration
Constantinos Svendinoglou talks about the Data Group at Squarespace which has been on a transformational journey to migrate our systems to the cloud. At the beginning of 2022, we were running entirely on our own hardware; but by the end of 2023 we expect to be 100% cloud native. This talk will cover the strategy, tactics and execution that went into effect to make the migration to being cloud native over possible.
Embedding on teams as a staff+ individual contributor
Shweta Bhandare shares her learnings with the process of embedding broken down into stages. For each stage, she will describe the focus areas, key relationships to build and nurture, outcomes to anticipate and finally how to unembed, making the team self-sufficient and self-confident in their ability to deliver.
Building effective relationships
Mike McQuaid discusses the three types of relationships critical to cultivate: mentor, mentee and peer, how to decide which relationships to invest in vs move on from, how to use these relationships to improve your career, your success and work and build up everyone surrounding you and how to still do this when remote or timezone separated from your coworkers.
How to complain positively
Josh Goldberg, a serial complainer with a catchy smile, will walk you through the steps he takes to make sure his complaining is heard and felt without causing pain.
Say no to burnout and stand up for yourself
Krys Flores reminds us of how to keep yourself in focus while still delivering value. Krys also includes examples of how you can bring yourself back to a place of focus when you feel your organization is trying its best to have you do-all-the-things.
Do the hard stuff
Polina Giralt talks about how some of the most impactful technical work is about unwinding a humungous mess. This talk is about lessons learned over my career about executing challenging projects. The types of projects with politics, drama, tech debt, or past failed attempts. How do we know if the project is worth doing? Why has it failed before? Who’s blocking it? How do we know when to cut our losses and pause or cancel the project?
Engineering without borders
David Fowler talks about how building a large-scale project is never easy, but it becomes even more challenging when you're working with a brand new team scattered across different time zones. In this talk, I'll share how we managed to build SignalR into an azure service in spite of these obstacles. Building a large-scale project is never easy, but it becomes even more challenging when you're working with a brand new team scattered across different time zones. Throw in a global pandemic, and you have a recipe for potential disaster. In this talk, I'll share how we managed to build SignalR into an azure service in spite of these obstacles. You'll learn some of the strategies we used to communicate effectively, stay on track, and achieve our goals.
Building koi pond: simulating millions of slack clients
Join Maude Lemaire for a roller coaster ride of a story and a thrilling live demo of what Slack's load testing systems can do!
Leading with vulnerability: A practical guide
Christina Chan shares her personal journey with vulnerability, as she learned to reframe her discomfort as opportunities for growth and eventually find the courage to be vulnerable.
Unleashing the artist within: Mentoring strategies in software engineering
Rodney Cobb explores the concept of artistry in software engineering, discussing the benefits of unleashing creativity and innovation in our projects.