Session Schedule

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

Tuesday

8:00 AM

Hacking Your Emotional API: Emotional Intelligence in Practice

Presented by: John Sawers, Aaron Aldrich
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Being a good developer isn’t just about slinging code; we’re part of a community. Interacting with others in a community means feelings are involved. But feelings are messy and uncomfortable, so why can’t you just ignore them? Because emotional skills are critical for working well on a team....

Room: CypressTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Let's play!

Presented by: Jean Lange, Remy Porter
Time: Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Improv games ~ZIP!~ build skills like paying attention ~ZAP!~, switching roles ~ZOP!~, negotiating uncertainty ~...zzZIP?~, and celebrating failure ~ZOP! HURRAH!~ … and these skills build up to real world benefits like understanding the people around you better, working well in a group, and not...

Room: CypressTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Wednesday

8:00 AM

Decision Making in the Face of Uncertainty

Presented by: Gary Short
Time: Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Decision making in the face of uncertainty is one of the hardest things to do. In this pre-compiler session, we'll borrow methods from machine learning, statistics, trading and computer science to compose a methodology which will allow you to make the best decision possible given the evidence you...

Room: CypressTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate
1:00 PM

Coaching Katas - In Search of The Answer to the Agile Kobayashi Maru

Presented by: Faye Thompson, Charles Husemann
Time: Wednesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions. -- Aristotle A code kata is an exercise in which developers hone their programming skills through practice and repetition. This workshop is intended to do the same thing for agilists by providing them with difficult real-world scenarios to...

Room: CypressTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Thursday

8:00 AM

Technical debt must die - Communicating code to business stakeholders

Presented by: Matt Eland
Time: Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Our software sucks. We're up to our necks in bugs and technical debt, yet we often seem to hit roadblocks explaining things in ways that bring about meaningful change. In this session you'll learn to gather, analyze, and interpret data in order to create effective presentations to communicate...

Room: ZambeziTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
9:15 AM

Document Yourself: A framework for career advancement

Presented by: Michelle Brenner
Time: Thursday 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

The goal of this workshop is to document yourself the way you would document code. You wouldn’t expect someone who wants to use the program you built to read every line of code. Instead, they’re relying on the design documents and doc strings to know how it works. The same is true with your...

Room: NileTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
10:30 AM

Antifragile Teams

Presented by: Charlie Sweet
Time: Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Software development is an activity that’s fraught with complexity, ambiguity, and therefore risk. Many organizations attempt to mitigate that risk through stringent processes, but there is a better way. In nature, there are three types of systems. 1. Fragile systems that break under stress,...

Room: OrangeTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
11:45 AM

Conducting Humane Code Reviews

Presented by: Adrienne Tacke
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Code reviews are a must in a proper development workflow, but what happens when performing or receiving one becomes as fun as getting a root canal? Instead of contributing meaningful suggestions, developers often use these reviews as an opportunity to rehash old arguments or show their...

Room: CypressTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Why You Fail to Make Good Predictions and What You Can Do About it.

Presented by: Sho Fola
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

What sets good predictors apart from others? Is good judgment innate or something you can nurture? As a knowledge worker, your ability to make good decisions will set you apart from your peers. Whether you’re planning out a work project or playing fantasy football good predictions are essential...

Room: Salon ETrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

Going Fast: The Art of Delivering Quality Software Quickly

Presented by: Josh Carroll
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Building software is tricky business and the demands are higher than ever. Agile was meant to free us from the confines of red-tape driven software, but most of us can't help but feel something is off in our software process. Do you wonder why startups can launch an entire product in a few months,...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

Public Speaking For Engineers

Presented by: Robby Millsap
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Have you ever wanted to deliver a session or keynote at your favorite conference? Have you ever attended a really boring session and thought, "I could do better than that!" Are you terrified of getting in front of your peers? Have you ever wondered how to effectively use humor to get your point...

Room: Sagewood / ZebrawoodTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Coaching & Communicating with Diverse Teams

Presented by: Kiera Prioleau
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Don’t worry; this isn’t the standard lecture on what diversity means and why it matters. Research shows that diverse teams are more innovative, productive, and just darn interesting. Diversity encompasses more than gender and race, which creates challenges for development team members and...

Room: Salon ATrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
4:45 PM

The Definitive Guide to Organizing Community Events

Presented by: Jennifer Wadella
Time: Thursday 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Community organizing is no small feat and is VITAL to sustaining a technical workforce of learning, growth, and diversity. Since its foundation in 2013, Kansas City Women in Technology has grown to a volunteer team of more than 60 leaders running 6 technical/coding programs and several events per...

Room: Salon HTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Friday

8:30 AM

Technical Leadership 101

Presented by: John Rouda
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

We all have potential to be technical leaders. What is a leader? My daughter says it’s the person in front of you in line. She’s right… in a way. A leader is just someone we follow. This talk will explore how we can lead those to our right and to our left. How to lead from any level, not...

Room: ZambeziTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

People Networking 1100101

Presented by: Debbie Ryan
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

While Networking can be scary, it is a SKILL which can be learned and honed and has a wide array of positive impacts. Job postings are incapable of giving the full picture of the job, but through networking with an existing team member it can provide great insights. Finding a new colleague that...

Room: Salon ETrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:45 AM

Dealing with Disagreement

Presented by: Tommy Graves
Time: Friday 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Virtually everyone extols the virtues of getting multiple and diverse perspectives on almost anything. In practice, however, multiple perspectives often just lead to heated disagreements that leave technology teams feeling divided and defeated. Creating mechanisms to resolve disagreements in a...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Owning Your Experience: Talking about Mental Health In the Workplace

Presented by: Arthur Doler
Time: Friday 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Your thoughts and your emotions affect your work, no matter how much you pretend that you can leave them at the door of your workplace. It's easy to deny your own experience the importance it deserves, especially if it's only inside your own head. But boxing it all away because you have "work to do"...

Room: Salon DTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
11:00 AM

Hiring and Inspiring an Exceptional Team

Presented by: Seth Petry-Johnson
Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Management gets a bad rap in technical circles, and for good reason: many managers are terrible, and it shows! Rising above the pointy-haired-boss stereotypes is easier than you might think. By grounding your leadership style in management science, and adding a touch of emotional intelligence, you...

Room: NileTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
12:15 PM

Will the real "Women in Tech" Please Stand up ??

Presented by: Taranjeet Kaur
Time: Friday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Some stats (the data has been gathered from multiple sources) - Fact#1 50.52% women in USA Fact#2 47 % women in workforce Fact#3 Only 20% women in Tech Job Fact#4 5-7% management/ non tech positions in Tech companies. So many "Women in Tech" events and "Women Hiring" drives in Tech...

Room: OrangeTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
2:45 PM

Programmer burnout: how to recognize and avoid it

Presented by: Santosh Hari
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Burnout among software professionals is far more widespread than we would like to admit. It sneaks up on us. At first we dread going in to work each day. We can barely focus enough to get through the day and struggle with otherwise simple-for-us tasks. It starts there and gets much worse. So what...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Trans Eye for the Cis Ally: Ensuring an Inclusive Community

Presented by: Julien Fitzpatrick
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Trans and non-binary people are becoming increasingly visible in the workplace, as well as in community spaces such as meetups and conferences. Most managers and event organizers want to be inclusive and welcoming but frequently, in spite of their best intentions, often come up short. Wouldn’t it...

Room: Salon DTrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsTags: Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:00 PM

The Hows and Whys of Podcasting in 2020

Presented by: Leo Dion
Time: Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In 2017, Leo started a podcast ok productive with his co-host Erik Gillespie. A few months later he started another podcast empowerapps.show to compliment his business developing apps for Apple devices. In this presentation, Leo gives some guidance on how to get started as well as: fostering...

Room: Salon ATrack: Project Leadership/Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview