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

Confessions of a TDD Late Adopter

Presented by: Jeffrey Miller

After two decades of rehashing Test Driven Development techniques, what’s left to say? ...

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

End the Stigma: Become a Mental Health Ally

Presented by: Matt Williams

It is estimated that in the US, approximately one in five will ...

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

Implementing Ethics in Emerging Technologies

Presented by: Carol Smith

Ethics discussions abound, but translating “do no harm” into our work is frustrating at best, and obfuscatory at worst. We can agree that keeping humans safe and in control is important, but implementing ethics is intimidating work. Learn how to wield your preferred technology ethics code to...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

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

Presented by: Arthur Doler

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...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Let's play!

Presented by: Jean Lange, Remy Porter

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...

Tags: Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

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

Something from Nothing

Presented by: damian synadinos

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...

Tags: Other, Leadership, Soft Skills/Business, Diversity/Equity/InclusionFormat: KidzMash SessionzLevel: Introductory and overview

Verbs, Not Nouns: Writing Documentation Users Want to Read

Presented by: Brian MacDonald

Documentation should be complete and comprehensive, but that doesn't mean it has to be dull and boring. Engaging documentation focuses on what your users want to do, the tasks they're trying to accomplish, the problems they want to solve. Writing documentation with the focus on your user, instead of...

Tags: 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

Writing the Next Great Tech Book

Presented by: Brian MacDonald

You have an idea for the next great technical book. Maybe you're excited about a new technology that nobody's written about yet. Maybe you're unimpressed with the books that are out there on your favorite topic. Maybe writing a book is on your bucket list. This session will help your idea reach its...

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

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