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WELCOME

Registration and refreshments

Welcome to StaffPlus New York 2024

WELCOME

Welcome to StaffPlus New York 2024

A welcome to StaffPlus New York 2024 from the host Tanya Reilly.

Featuring:

Tanya Reilly
Tanya Reilly
Principal Software Engineer Squarespace

The OSS maintainer to staff engineer pipeline

In this presentation, I'll share the lessons learned by me and other open source maintainers that impact how we perform as staff+ engineers and leaders today.

Featuring:

Nick  Hehr
Nick Hehr
Senior Developer Advocate Viam

The (big) picture of debt

Leaning into the analogy to "debt", how can we tell the difference between good and regrettable technical debt? What is the true cost of a choice to e.g. share a database, and what does it take to change it? When is the right time to tackle something like this, and how can we tell? Tali will share their experiences with these questions to set you up for success with your own enormous debt payment.

Featuring:

Tali Gutman
Tali Gutman
Staff Software Engineer Datadog

Creating a technical leadership structure in a flat organization

It seems like every engineering team reaches a tipping point where bottoms-up technical steering where everyone "just knows who to talk to" no longer scales. It becomes increasingly difficult to maintain shared mental models for how systems operate and should evolve over time. As a result, technical debt accumulates that no one feels empowered to take on, and cross-cutting initiatives stall without centralized strategy, accountability, and clear decision makers, especially due to the historically flat nature of the org. Joy and Nathan will cover how they overcame these challenges at Plaid through the creation of a technical leadership structure parallel to management.

Featuring:

Joy Zheng
Joy Zheng
Principal Engineer Plaid
Nathan Tindall
Nathan Tindall
Principal Engineer Plaid

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:

Nick Hehr
Senior Developer Advocate
Tali Gutman
Staff Software Engineer
Joy Zheng
Principal Engineer
Nathan Tindall
Principal Engineer

Complete your "Voltron Quest"

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

Solution swap

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

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on measuring engineering success.

Career next steps Q&A

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

  • Tech Leads

Handling canon events: strategies for navigating incidents

Incidents are unavoidable; they will happen. However, how you choose to respond to them is what matters and for better or worse, it will shape your engineering organization. In this talk, Audrei will take you through a journey of a few canon events experienced throughout his career, including ones with names such as “The Great Reliability Crisis”. He will also share lessons learned and how best to guide teams through them.

Featuring:

Audrei Drummond
Audrei Drummond
Engineering Leader Opal

Simplify streaming application development: A declarative approach at Airbnb

We pioneered a declarative interface rooted in GraphQL at Airbnb to significantly ease and standardize the development of streaming applications. This methodology has been embraced by over 20 teams within Airbnb for them to more easily develop, maintain, and scale streaming applications, staying ahead in the fast-paced world of real-time data.

Featuring:

Xiangmin Liang
Xiangmin Liang
Senior Software Engineer Airbnb

Moving to the lakehouse - How to find opportunity & create impact

By describing how Datadog's internal analytics team moved from a data warehouse to a lakehouse architecture, you can learn how Staff+ ICs can spot impactful opportunities, create buy-in among early adopters, and ruthlessly prioritize to deliver at scale.

Featuring:

Chris Lettieri
Chris Lettieri
Staff Engineer Datadog

Tackling Conway’s Law over coffee and donuts

In this talk, Javier gives an individual perspective on how staff+ engineers are uniquely positioned to help mitigate many of the negative tradeoffs associated with their company’s organizational structure. For example, by creating casual opportunities to talk shop with peers from teams or departments they don’t usually collaborate with.

Featuring:

Javier  Fernandez-Ivern
Javier Fernandez-Ivern
Staff Software Engineer Netflix

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.

Featuring:

Audrei Drummond
Engineering Leader
Xiangmin Liang
Senior Software Engineer
Chris Lettieri
Staff Engineer
Javier Fernandez-Ivern
Staff Software Engineer

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Featuring:

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on management skills for AI.

Career next steps Q&A

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

  • Engineering Managers

When to know you've outgrown your monolith and what to do about it

This talk by Ainsley will cover when to know you've outgrown your monolith and what to do about it.

Featuring:

Ainsley Escorce-Jones
Ainsley Escorce-Jones
Staff Software Engineer Stripe

Leading your team through a major refactor - don't be a hero, be a leader

In this talk, Dylan will share their experiences with leading a team through uncharted waters and the lessons they learned along the way.

Featuring:

Dylan Pearce
Dylan Pearce
Staff Engineer Rent the Runway

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:

Ainsley Escorce-Jones
Staff Software Engineer
Dylan Pearce
Staff 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 improving developer experience

Beyond generic goodstuff: Helping teams navigate context

This talk delves into the pitfalls of advocating for Generic Goodstuff without consideration for the context we're working in.

Featuring:

Randall Koutnik
Randall Koutnik
Staff Engineer Jellyfish

Using clinical science to effectively tackle code review anxiety

In this talk, Carol will share the story of my empirical research conducted with software engineers and developers across industries experiencing code review anxiety.

Featuring:

Carol Lee
Carol Lee
Principal Research Scientist @ Developer Success Lab Pluralsight

CLOSE

StaffPlus New York 2024 Wrap-up

Closing session

Featuring:

Tanya Reilly
Tanya Reilly
Principal Software Engineer Squarespace

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:

Randall Koutnik
Staff Engineer
Carol Lee
Principal Research Scientist @ Developer Success Lab

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