Tuesday

No Sessions

Wednesday

No Sessions

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

Hybrid Agility: Working Conditions for Team Success

Presented by: Carina Silfverduk
Time: Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Is your team or workplace working hybrid, with some in the office and some remote on any given day? Working hybrid is by far harder than either remote or on-site work because you need to accommodate both and then do something extra to keep everyone in the room and everyone on the call engaged. How...

Room: Salon ETrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Agile, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

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
11:45 AM

Long-Term Planning in an Agile World

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell
Time: Thursday 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

“Long-term” and “Agile” typically aren’t two words that go together. After all, agile teams prize reactivity and adaptability over firm plans set in stone. But these two concepts aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, the best-performing agile teams keep one eye on their longer-term...

Room: Salon DTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Leadership, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
3:30 PM

Bad Tendencies in Leaders and How to Manage Up

Presented by: Benjamin Dobrowolski
Time: Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

No matter where you’ve worked, we’ve all had those bosses that we’ve not gotten along with. But what if you did more than complain about it? What if you could “manage” your boss, to not only your benefit, but to your co-workers benefit as well? Take back control and learn to manage up...

Room: CypressTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Leadership, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Friday

8:30 AM

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
9:45 AM

How to answer "When will it be done?" using probabilistic forecasting.

Presented by: Chris Shinkle
Time: Friday 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

"When will it be done?" How often have you been asked that question? That question strikes fear or frustration in most people. It often results in throwing up your hands in frustration or tossing out a wild guess. Surely there's a better way? Forget story points, t-shirt sizing, historical...

Room: CypressTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Agile, Project Management, VelocityFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Building Better Teams Through Play

Presented by: Jenny Bramble
Time: Friday 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Teams work incredibly hard to drive software and processes forward. Sometimes we neglect the emotional side of our hard work, leaving teams brittle and less able to adapt and bend. How do we release tension and form the strong bonds that a good team needs to be successful as well as honing some of...

Room: Salon ETrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate
11:00 AM

Failing Forward

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell
Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The first iteration of a product never succeeds. Nor does the second, the tenth, or even the 20th. Instead, most of the successful products we know and love today were abject failures at the start…but then evolved to get better. Chances are your own product might be heading toward failure right...

Room: Salon ETrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Agile, Project Management, UI/UXFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview
12:15 PM

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

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

Agile Pitfalls and How to Parry Them: A Practical Guide

Presented by: Arin Heinselman
Time: Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hey there, fellow conference-goers! 🎉 Imagine this: you've embarked on the Agile journey, armed with good intentions and high spirits, only to find yourself tangled in a web of chaos and confusion. Fear not, because our talk is here to save the day! 🦸‍♂️ Join us for a rollercoaster...

Room: OrangeTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Leadership, AgileFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate