Session Schedule

Session Schedule2019-01-07T06:25:51-05:00

Tuesday

8:00 AM

Building Trust and Breaking Barriers (with LEGO!)

Presented by: Thomas Haver
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LEGO(R) sets are fun to build, but who has ever attempted to build a set without looking at the instructions? In this workshop, attendees will form teams and attempt to build a LEGO(R) set without instructions. Through a series of iterative exercises that provide more product details, the teams will...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Wednesday

8:00 AM

Let's play!

Presented by: Jean Lange, Remy Porter
Time: Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Have you become a feral person who doesn’t remember how to interact with other humans? Let’s exercise those interaction muscles by playing some improv games! You will practice cheerfully celebrating failure, figuring out when it’s your turn to talk or listen, and negotiating uncertainty - and...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Learning Feedback with LEGO: The Building Blocks of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Presented by: Arthur Doler
Time: Wednesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

You dread your annual review time. You cringe at retrospectives. You wince in the face of a 360 Review. You don't like feedback - and you're not alone. Receiving feedback is hard, and when we ask for help with it we just get more feedback. On top of that, your brain doesn't like feedback, and it has...

Room: CypressTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Thursday

9:15 AM

End the Stigma: Become a Mental Health Ally

Presented by: Matt Williams
Time: Thursday 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

It is estimated that in the US, approximately one in five will experience mental illness each year. The incidence among IT professionals is likely higher -- a Japanese study of Software Engineers found that 32% of the participants suffered from depression or other mental illness. And yet......

Room: Sagewood / ZebrawoodTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Other, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
11:45 AM

Finding Your Flow With Kanban

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

More and more teams are discovering that they're more productive and more effective with Kanban. Many of these teams who choose Kanban do so out of a desire to work in an agile way, but without the overhead of sprints. But, if your team has adopted Kanban simply because there are no sprints, then...

Room: Sagewood / ZebrawoodTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Sabotage Productivity the CIA Way

Presented by: Matt Williams
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor of the CIA, published the Simple Sabotage Field Manual -- a guide for resistance forces to characterize simple sabotage, outline its possible effects, and to present suggestions for inciting and executing it. Ironically, many of the...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

Failing Successfully

Presented by: Cassandra Faris
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Failure is normal. It’s so normal that many software development teams encourage people to fail and fail fast. Failure is also scary. It makes us feel vulnerable. We may even worry that our jobs, relationships, or goals are on the line. Yet we hear countless stories of people turning failure into...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Friday

8:30 AM

Tribal Knowledge in Agile Teams

Presented by: Jeffrey Miller
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Let's face it. We don't communicate well, and we document even less. Is it possible to wield information well in an Agile software team? Yes, it is! With consideration, change, and commitment to doing your work differently, it is possible to have relevant and vibrant knowledge resources in an...

Room: ZambeziTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Something from Nothing

Presented by: damian synadinos
Time: Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Improv(isational) theater is, essentially, making something from nothing - performers create and perform shows spontaneously, without a script, props, or costumes. But, to be successful at improv, you should learn, practice, and use a few, fundamental improv "rules" - principles and skills that are...

Room: AcaciaTrack: KidzMashTags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview
2:45 PM

You’re Not Just Tired: The Psychology of Burnout

Presented by: Arthur Doler
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

After the events of the last year, burnout has been on everyone’s minds. Are you feeling nostalgia for the days when your job wasn’t such a hassle? Do you find yourself struggling to care about your job… or anything at all? You may be wrestling with burnout.. But what exactly IS burnout? If...

Room: Nile/OrangeTrack: Teams/Leadership/The Future of WorkTags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Confessions of a TDD Late Adopter

Presented by: Jeffrey Miller
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

After two decades of rehashing Test Driven Development techniques, what’s left to say? A lot! Hear from a seasoned software developer and consultant about the journey to TDD adoption despite objections, skepticism, insecurity, and procrastination along the way. Old dogs can learn new...

Room: Salon A/HTrack: Programming PrinciplesTags: Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview