Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

8:00 AM

Verbs, Not Nouns: Writing Documentation Users Want to Read

Presented by: Brian MacDonald
Time: Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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...

Room: Salon DTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
9:15 AM

Managing a Rewrite Without Getting Stuck in the Tar Pit

Presented by: Randall Koutnik
Time: Thursday 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

It's a tale as old as time: our startup had finally found success and was ready to scale up, but we'd taken on a huge amount of technical debt to get there. In particular, our frontend still relied on an old templating system! How could we rewrite our frontend to take advantage of modern tooling...

Room: NileTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Teams, System DesignFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
10:30 AM

Survival Under Fire: How to Stay Whole During Adversity

Presented by: Arthur Doler
Time: Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Each of the last few years have hit like a brick to the temple. It felt like the entire world was upended. There’s been radical shifts in the way we work, endless video conference calls, social and political unrest, and lots of tough choices about our health and the health of those we love and...

Room: Salon GTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
1:00 PM

The Other Side of the Table - Salary Negotiation from a Management Perspective

Presented by: Nick Stewart
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Salary negotiation is a daunting task, and it can be made all the more confusing, if you don’t understand the position management often has to take. One of the best strategies for a successful negotiation is to determine what the other side values, and it’s not always the lowest number. In...

Room: CypressTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

self.clone();//Passing On Your Passion

Presented by: Barry Tarlton
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

When you've written your last line of code, what will be your legacy? Will your applications live on forever in Production or at least until AI takes over? Will your Github repos be archived and immortalized? Will there be patterns or tools named after you? For most of us, there probably won't...

Room: Salon HTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Soft Skills, Code QualityFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Building Relationships for Better Security

Presented by: Darylynn Ross
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

It's 2024 and software engineering teams and security teams are still struggling to figure out how we can all just get along. Engineering teams are commonly frustrated and annoyed at all the extraneous stuff security wants them to do. And security teams are commonly frustrated with the lack of...

Room: Salon BTrack: SecurityTags: Security, Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

Learning, Giving Back, & the Art of Community

Presented by: Mike Nelson
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

As you journey through your career(s) in IT, it is becoming more critical for you to immerse yourself in the network of worldwide and regional communities that are available in just a few mouse clicks. The drive for continuous learning, combined with the passion for giving back through many...

Room: Salon HTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:45 PM

The Hazards of Sitting: An Osteopath’s Approach to Preventing Work-Related Injury.

Presented by: Michele Parsley-Lanning D.O.
Time: Thursday 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

My training as an Osteopathic Physician prepared me to counsel my patients about injury and disease prevention. However, I did not realize the full impact of spending a majority of my time sitting at a desk would have on my overall movement and flexibility. In this talk, I will provide background...

Room: Salon ATrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Friday

8:30 AM

Reaping the Benefits of Ritual and Routine

Presented by: Arthur Doler
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Software is as close as humans are ever going to come to actual magic. You type arcane incantations using cryptic symbols, crafting messages incomprehensible to most mortals and communicating them to vast, unknowable systems, to be executed blindly by idiot machine gods who follow our instructions...

Room: Salon HTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Soft Skills, Remote WorkFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Can We Learn to Manage Uncertainty? Probably!

Presented by: Robert Herbig
Time: Friday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

When we’re asked when something will be done, it’s tempting to answer the question. “It’ll be done on March 32nd” or “it’ll take 182.5 days” or “we need 15 sprints”. It doesn’t matter if that answer is the best-case, average, or worst-case scenario. The answer is fundamentally...

Room: Salon DTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
11:00 AM

Networking for Introverts: Build, Maintain, and Use Networks Without Being Creepy

Presented by: Brian MacDonald
Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You've heard that having a professional network is important for career growth, for learning about your industry, and to help out in the event of a layoff. But how do you go about building one from scratch? Taking a transactional, goal-oriented approach may be good engineering design, but it tends...

Room: CypressTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
12:15 PM

Multithreaded Income: How Developers Can Achieve Parallel Success

Presented by: Kevin Griffin
Time: Friday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

In an unpredictable tech industry, job security is fragile. How can developers harness their unique skills to create a diversified, resilient professional life? This talk presents the concept of "Multithreaded Income," a strategic approach to building parallel income streams inspired by the...

Room: Indigo BayTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Dream Teams: Hiring (and Keeping) the Right People

Presented by: Michelle Smith
Time: Friday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Everyone says that “your people are your most important asset.” But how do you find the RIGHT people? And once you have them, how do you keep them? In this entertaining session, we’ll turn the traditional hiring process on its head and share a new perspective on how to identify the right...

Room: Salon HTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
2:45 PM

Creative Problem Solving

Presented by: Eric Potter
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

You're a developer. Solving problems is a big part of what you do. But how can you learn to think more clearly and more creatively about the problems you are solving? In this session, you will learn about the cognitive science of creative thinking. You will also learn some practical things you can...

Room: CypressTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Career Development, Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

The Developer Relations Playbook: How to build bridges by putting people first

Presented by: Dan Vega
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Are you passionate about technology and love engaging with communities? Ever wondered how you could turn these interests into a fulfilling career? Look no further! "The Developer Relations Playbook: How to Build Bridges by Putting People First" is your comprehensive guide to becoming a Developer...

Room: Salon ATrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Soft Skills, Remote WorkFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Teaching Skills For Technical Experts

Presented by: Tori Brenneison
Time: Friday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Bad news: tech folks are not always the most compelling teachers. (It's not our fault; we're used to talking to computers, not people!) Good news: teaching people is a learnable skill. Best news: this talk is a 45-minute primer on educational philosophy, curriculum development, and content...

Room: Salon ETrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
4:00 PM

Visual Storytelling: How to be a Superhuman Communicator

Presented by: David Neal
Time: Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Who says communication has to be dry, dull, and boring? Simple, hand-drawn illustrations are a compelling and fun way to engage, inform, and win your audience of readers and viewers! Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. There's no such thing as "bad" art! You can make a huge impact with some...

Room: CypressTrack: Career DevelopmentTags: Career Development, Soft SkillsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview