What is Your Working Genius? (Workshop)

Presented by: Kyle Jenkins

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...

Tags: Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

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, Project Management, QA TestingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

The Subtle Art of Communication

Presented by: Natalie Hylton, Tristan Chiappisi

We probably don't need this session. Technologists are excellent communicators, aren’t they? But for those who would like to learn (and practice) a new thing or two, here is a session packed with experiential learning. Amongst the things that we will cover: ...

Tags: Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Neurodiverse Coders: Unlocking ADHD & Autism Superpowers in Tech

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien

In the tech world, diversity isn't just about backgrounds; it's also about how we think and process information. ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often pigeonholed as challenges. However, what if we told you that these so-called 'disorders' house superpowers that can be game-changers in...

Tags: Career Development, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Soft Skills, Leadership, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Finding your Motivation and Managing When you aren’t Motivated

Presented by: Jennie Ocken

We are all motivated by different things. But most companies and managers only know how to encourage employees through money or title. By better understanding what motivates each of us, we can be better teammates, managers, and people. In this session we will learn: ...

Tags: Career Development, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Soft Skills, Leadership, Remote WorkFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

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

Bad Tendencies in Leaders and How to Manage Up

Presented by: Benjamin Dobrowolski

No matter where you’ve worked, we’ve all had those bosses that we’ve not gotten along with. ...

Tags: Soft Skills, Leadership, Project ManagementFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

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

[KidzMash] Become a LEGO Master Builder With Teamwork!

Presented by: Thomas Haver

LEGO(R) sets are amazingly fun to build, but who has attempted to build a complete set without looking at the instructions? In this session, the kidz & adults will form teams and try to build one of sixteen different Creator sets without the instructions. Only one person from each team will be able...

Tags: Career Development, Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: KidzMash Sessionz

Building Better Teams Through Play

Presented by: Jenny Bramble

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...

Tags: Soft Skills, LeadershipFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

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

Agile Pitfalls and How to Parry Them: A Practical Guide

Presented by: Arin Heinselman

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! 🦸‍♂️ ...

Tags: Soft Skills, Leadership, AgileFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate