Session List

Session List2019-10-02T20:07:53-05:00

Better Interviews, Better Work

Presented by: John Lange

Being an interviewer for technical jobs is hard. Checking for technical competency can feel impossible. Asking questions that start with "tell me about a time when" can feel like it has no value. And for many people giving interviews, there is no training; you're left to figure it out on your own. ...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Building Trust and Breaking Barriers (with LEGO!)

Presented by: Thomas Haver

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...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Failing Successfully

Presented by: Cassandra Faris

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...

Tags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Finding Your Flow With Kanban

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell

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...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

From A to Gen Z: Attracting and Retaining the Next Generation

Presented by: Rachel Kaip

The time has come. Gen Z is joining us in the workforce! This may seem scary as media outlets love to write clickbait articles about the how vast the generational gap is between Gen Z and those before them, but don’t believe everything you read online. ...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

If You Don’t Have a Failing Test, You Don’t Have S***

Presented by: Nate Berent-Spillson

My go-to technique for just about every problem is a failing unit test. Many developers think of unit tests as something they're forced to write to hit some coverage metric, but when you look at it as a way to prove or disprove a hypothesis—it becomes a very powerful tool for problem-solving. It's...

Tags: .NET, Cloud, Functional Programming, Java, Javascript, Mobile, Leadership, Ruby/Rails, Python, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Promoted From Dev to Team Lead: 8 Things They Didn't Tell Me

Presented by: Yishai Beeri

Three years into my software engineering career (that I was loving), a freight train hit me. I was promoted to dev team lead. This is a common trend in the engineering world - where many times the sole paths to success for excellent engineers are through management paths. However, the skills that...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

SAFe, Scrum, and shifting left at a Progressive Insurance

Presented by: Rob Sinkko

Progressive IT knew that the waterfall and agile methods weren't keeping up with the software release cycles. For a new multi-million dollar program, the Claims organization decided not to continue down that path and hope in 3 years that something resembling what they wanted was pushed to...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

So your company is now remote? How to smoothly onboard your new developers remotely

Presented by: Brittney Braxton

Due to the 2020 Pandemic, many companies were thrown into the world of remote working when they may have been previously very cautious and averse to embracing it. Some companies saw this new format as valuable for the business and stuck with it. Unfortunately, we cannot create a positive experience...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

The Elegance of “The Simplest Possible Thing”: Applying Simplicity Principles to Complex Problems

Presented by: Nate Berent-Spillson

Software development is complex work. Business requirements, platforms, and technology itself are all complex elements. Through all this complexity, software developers often try to create complex solutions that meet all the requirements at once. Similarly, when faced with a complex problem, they...

Tags: .NET, Cloud, Functional Programming, Java, Javascript, Leadership, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Tribal Knowledge in Agile Teams

Presented by: Jeffrey Miller

Let's face it. We don't communicate well, and we document even less. ...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

What a global pandemic can tell you about better DevOps practices

Presented by: Jeremy Meiss

In early 2020 a global pandemic set in motion events which none of us could predict. With anonymous data collected from 900k+ devs, 25K orgs, and 30m+ builds/mo we found some interesting insights into better DevOps practices. Since then, we've seen even more interesting activities happen, which shed...

Tags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

You’re Not Just Tired: The Psychology of Burnout

Presented by: Arthur Doler

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...

Tags: Leadership, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview