Mastering Solutions Architecture with Design Katas (Part 1)

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien, Eric Potter

TLDR: Architects get relatively few opportunities to practice their craft, so we will group up to formulate architectural visions for "real world" business problems. Attendees will then evaluate each group's solution to gain insight into the pros and cons of different approaches. ...

Tags: Agile, Project Management, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

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

Mastering Solutions Architecture with Design Katas (Part 2)

Presented by: Gaines Kergosien, Eric Potter

TLDR: Architects get relatively few opportunities to practice their craft, so we will group up to formulate architectural visions for "real world" business problems. Attendees will then evaluate each group's solution to gain insight into the pros and cons of different approaches. ...

Tags: Agile, Project Management, TeamsFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Event Storming Unleashed: Building Bridges for Effective Communication

Presented by: Sarah Dutkiewicz

A lot of problems that we have in software development comes down to communication issues - gathering requirements, understanding processes, reporting issues, and making sure everybody involved is on the same page. This Event Storming workshop is a dynamic and interactive session designed to...

Tags: Agile, Teams, System DesignFormat: 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

Verbs, Not Nouns: Writing Documentation Users Want to Read

Presented by: Brian MacDonald

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...

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

Managing a Rewrite Without Getting Stuck in the Tar Pit

Presented by: Randall Koutnik

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...

Tags: Soft Skills, Teams, System DesignFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Hybrid Agility: Working Conditions for Team Success

Presented by: Carina Silfverduk

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. ...

Tags: Soft Skills, Agile, TeamsFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Survival Under Fire: How to Stay Whole During Adversity

Presented by: Arthur Doler

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...

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

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

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

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