management


Pitfalls in Technology Selection

Location: Salon E
April 11th, 2016
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Technology is an ever-changing arena where it seems that everything is the one perfect solution for all your problems. When someone shows you the Next Big Thing, how can you be sure that it will work as intended, much less provide value or serve the needs of the business down the road? Based mainly on development and its related technologies, this talk will address some of the benefits and blight that come from tech selection as well as antipatterns to avoid, situations to embrace, and how to embrace your inner technical nerd and talk shop to engineers. A screencast of
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Jeff Labonski

Architect, Chariot Solutions

Delivering Agile Methodologies and Emerging Technologies in Hostile Environments

Location: Salon E
April 12th, 2016
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Agile vs. Waterfall is often presented as a difference in development methodology, but it is much more a clash of cultures. Large bureaucracies, government regulation and many other factors can create an environment that is hostile to many forms of innovation and in which waterfall is actually the most cost-effective approach. Innovating in such environments can be a challenge, but it is both personally and professionally rewarding to do so. In examining the motivations behind these hostile cultures, we can see patterns and opportunities where individuals or teams of developers can serve two masters and deploy cutting-edge technologies and techniques
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Martin Snyder

CTO, Wingspan Technology, Inc.

Factory, Workshop, Stage

Location: Salon B
April 12th, 2016
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Once upon a time, writing software felt a lot like working in a factory. A product went through an assembly-line-like series of stages where each team added their contribution. At the end of the line, the finished product was packaged up and physically shipped to a customer. Fast forward sixty years. Both the software itself and our process for making it are radically different from this original conception. But in the absence of a newer, more appropriate model for software development, we've unconsciously retained many industrial-era concepts -- and they're holding us back. We need a new model for software
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Sarah Mei

Co-founder, RailsBridge; Chief Consultant, DevMynd

Dodge Disasters and March to Triumph as a Mentor

Location: Salon E
April 11th, 2016
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Good engineers write good code, but the best engineers raise the skills of their junior colleagues, too. If you're a senior engineer, you must learn to mentor new hires. Especially if you’re committed to diversity: mentorship is critical to the careers of women and minorities in tech. I have failed at mentoring, then succeeded. I distinguished five warning signs that a mentorship will fail, and five prerequisites that make a mentorship very likely to succeed. Learn from me, and march to mentorship triumph. A. Jesse's talk is now available on the Chariot Solutions site. Slides Screencast

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Staff Engineer, MongoDB

From Idea to Market: De-risking Critical Assumptions

Location: Salon E
April 11th, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wonder how companies like Zappos get started? And why some startups are successful when most fail? From the very start, smart entrepreneurs reduce uncertainty and make educated decisions through a process of focused and iterative "de-risking." Learn how to apply these techniques on your idea. You'll learn: The 5 most common mistakes business people, technologists, scientists, and entrepreneurs make when first starting and how to avoid them. How to to identify critical assumptions that can kill your idea. When to start speaking with target customers. (Hint: it's sooner than you think). The top 4 unexpected reasons ideas and companies
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Steve Barsh

Chief Innovation Officer, DreamIt Health

Breaking New Ground with Product Development

Location: Salon E
April 11th, 2016
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Comcast’s X1 Voice Remote is in millions of homes, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Users appreciate the high utility and accuracy of the voice remote. As a product manager, it is Jeanine’s responsibility to understand customers’ needs, position the product against competitors, and ensure aligns with the company’s goals. She will give insight into all of these areas, with an extra emphasis on the understanding customers’ needs and how that shapes the product roadmap. A screencast from Jeanine's talk is now available on the Chariot Solutions site.

Jeanine Heck

Executive Director of Technology and Product, Comcast Cable