Session List

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

Technical debt must die - Communicating code to business stakeholders

Presented by: Matt Eland

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...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Threat Modeling on the Family Road Trip and Other Strategies for Delivering Secure Applications

Presented by: Angela Pinney

Gene Spafford said: “The only truly secure system is one that is powered off...” ...

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

Antifragile Teams

Presented by: Charlie Sweet

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. ...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Make More 💰 Money with Less 🛠 Effort: 🧪 Experimentation Before Implementation

Presented by: Scott Showalter

Developing apps is time consuming, with little guarantee of success. The Web, App Store, Google Play and beyond are littered with apps making low or no revenue because they don't solve problems people actually care about. Before you build your “killer” ap, how can you truly know beyond the...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Mobile, Other, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

A Mobile App Success Starter Pack

Presented by: Jeff Kelley

When you’re pitching a mobile app to a prospective client, it’s easy to focus on the app’s raison d’être. A pizza-ordering app should order pizza, a messaging app should send messages, and a game should be fun. For an app to succeed, there are countless other hidden tasks to consider: does...

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

Bringing Order to Chaos

Presented by: Scott Connerly

So, you find yourself coding in a code base that has some warts. OK, let's be honest, its a steaming pile of gum and toothpicks you're afraid to touch lest it might fall apart. How do you get from there to ... anywhere, let alone viable, architecturally useful, and stable? In this talk, we'll...

Tags: Other, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Hobby Projects Are Awesome!

Presented by: Joel Byler

There you are, enjoying a hobby that you love. One that gets you away from your screens and keyboard. Then out of nowhere an idea comes to mind, maybe its spurred by a problem that you encountered or a way that you could improve on a technique, you pull from your experiences and decide to start a...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

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

Presented by: Sho Fola

What sets good predictors apart from others? Is good judgment innate or something you can nurture? ...

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

KidzMash: Preschool Art Time

Simple exploratory art projects that teach creative thinking for the littler attendees. Ages: 2-5 *Projects require some assistance from an adult!*

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

Going Fast: The Art of Delivering Quality Software Quickly

Presented by: Josh Carroll

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. ...

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

Hacking Radiowaves for fun (but not profit)

Presented by: Craig Hills

As a child, did you ever play with walkie talkies? Do you remember how fun it was to talk with friends and family from the other end of the house, or across the neighborhood? ...

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

Coaching & Communicating with Diverse Teams

Presented by: Kiera Prioleau

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...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

The Immutable Laws of Software and Life: Code Accordingly

Presented by: Cory House

The first Law of Ecology: you can never merely do one thing. Actions have side-effects. In this session, we'll explore how changes in software design can have unexpected, profound impacts. In this story-based session, I'll reference both popular and little-known "laws" of computing and life. I'll...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

DevOps as a Force Multiplier for Agile

Presented by: Nate Berent-Spillson

So your development team uses Agile, but you keep running into process constraints because the rest of the organization is wedded to the status quo? In retros, you’re constantly coming up against inefficient, manual operations? Every step of building a software product eats away at your...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

The Definitive Guide to Organizing Community Events

Presented by: Jennifer Wadella

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...

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

Twelve Spins on User Experience

Presented by: Keith Instone

What is “user experience,” really? Sure, it’s that feeling people get when they interact with your software, but the term UX is being used for more than that, in confusing ways. ...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Technical Leadership 101

Presented by: John Rouda

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...

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

The Creative Process of Coding

Presented by: Charlie Sweet

The process of writing software is often misunderstood. When you write business software you are not doing science, but rather art. Your job is not to build, but rather to design. ...

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

Owning Your Experience: Talking about Mental Health In the Workplace

Presented by: Arthur Doler

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"...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Hiring and Inspiring an Exceptional Team

Presented by: Seth Petry-Johnson

Management gets a bad rap in technical circles, and for good reason: many managers are terrible, and it shows! ...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Programmer burnout: how to recognize and avoid it

Presented by: Santosh Hari

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...

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

Trans Eye for the Cis Ally: Ensuring an Inclusive Community

Presented by: Julien Fitzpatrick

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...

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

Walking A Mile In Your Users' Shoes

Presented by: Jameson Hampton

Developing apps for users in different demographics is inherently differently than developing apps just for ourselves and for other programmers. Understanding the needs of our users and learning to foster empathy for them is just as much of a skill as learning Rails or ActiveRecord — and it’s a...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Example Mapping: The New Three Amigos

Presented by: Thomas Haver

Example Mapping is a collaboration technique used by teams to help refine requirements. Every team should have a set of “ready” criteria that includes some kind of workshop between development team members to establish a shared understanding. In a time-boxed Example Mapping session, rules will...

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