Tuesday

8:00 AM

What is Your Working Genius? (Workshop)

Presented by: Kyle Jenkins
Time: Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The working genius model is a productivity model developed by Patrick Lencioni with the goal of accomplishing a simple concept: bringing more joy and fulfillment at work! When you and your team understand where your geniuses are and how to (and when not to) use them, it can improve meetings, reduce...

Room: Salon HTrack: Teams & CollaborationTags: Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

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

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

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
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