From IC to EM: How to Know if Management is Right for You

Presented by: Andrea Rhodes

“What do I want to be when I grow up?” This isn’t something that we only ask our younger-selves, but our older-selves as well. At some point in your career, you’ve probably been asked: “Have you thought about growing into the people management area?” If you have (or even if you...

Tags: Career Development, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Long-Term Planning in an Agile World

Presented by: Jeremy Jarrell

“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...

Tags: Leadership, Agile, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Building Relationships for Better Security

Presented by: Darylynn Ross

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...

Tags: Security, Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Learning, Giving Back, & the Art of Community

Presented by: Mike Nelson

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...

Tags: Career Development, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

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

Presented by: Michele Parsley-Lanning D.O.

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. ...

Tags: Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Developing kids in tech - a retrospective

Presented by: Bill Sempf

Your humble speaker has spent the last eighteen years devising, researching, and implementing ways to get kids into tech. Between Scouting, advising friends, KidzMash, and my own Thing 1 and Thing 2, I have accumulated a rather dramatic list of ideas that do and do not work. Programming, social...

Tags: Python, Security, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Dream Teams: Hiring (and Keeping) the Right People

Presented by: Michelle Smith

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...

Tags: Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Creative Problem Solving

Presented by: Eric Potter

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...

Tags: Career Development, Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Teaching Skills For Technical Experts

Presented by: Tori Brenneison

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!) ...

Tags: Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview