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Wednesday, June 19

9:00am EDT

PRO TALK: How We Built a High Performing Engineering Organization by Hard Resetting Our Hiring & Onboarding Processes
Have you ever found yourself struggling to build an engineering organization that is quality-driven with consistently great results? When we analyzed why we didn't feel our organization was performing at the level we had anticipated, we reverse engineered this to fundamental issues with our culture. Once we started working on this it had a ripple effect to our hiring process & then our onboarding process as well. This talk will dive into how we refactored our hiring process - and were able to build an interview machine, and rebuilt our onboarding from the ground up, to set up new hires for success from day one - enabling us to onboard successfully 10 new hires monthly, without organizational drag. This ultimately delivered a well-oiled high performing engineering organization through a practically applicable methodology that is easily replicable. This not only enabled us to improve the quality of our hires, but also retain excellent talent in the long-term.

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Gilad Katz

VP R&D, AppsFlyer
Gilad Katz serves as VP R&D at AppsFlyer, bringing 12 years of experience in both technology and product leadership, building teams in both consumer and big data startups. Prior to AppsFlyer Gilad served as CEO of Zone an early stage startup building a unique and tech savvy social... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:00am - 9:25am EDT
DevExec Stage

9:30am EDT

PRO TALK: A Tale of Doctors, Pilots and Airplanes: What Software Engineering Can Learn from Aviation and Medicine
Whether it's the small pet project at home, the open source project on GitHub or the large enterprise application at work: A big and important part of software engineering is good craftsmanship. Not without reason do we compare creating software solutions to building a house. Even the vocabulary sounds similar: We "build" applications, we "connect" systems and "do the plumbing", we "bolt" infrastructure together and "tinker" workarounds for existing problems. However a lot of things that are simply non-negotiable for a good craftsman are often ignored or interpreted in a creative way. But why? A lot of professions have been around a lot longer than software engineering and have developed "best practices" to handle typical problems and challenges. Especially aviation puts emphasis on precision and reliability - who wants to hear that his flight has been cancelled because of missing or bad quality maintenance? The same goes for doctors and nurses: Errors and carelessness can lead to life and death situations very quickly. So we as software engineers can definitely benefit from taking a closer look on aircraft maintenance or the medical sector to learn from them, optimize our processes and last but not least try to reduce the stress that we see over and over again.

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Christian Robert

Senior System Architect, BetterDoc
Christian Robert is a software engineer with more than 15 years of experience. He is is currently working as Senior System Architect at BetterDoc in Cologne, Germany where he helps matching patients needs with the right doctors. Having experienced a wide range of projects and requirements... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:30am - 9:55am EDT
DevExec Stage

10:00am EDT

PRO TALK: Surviving an Acquisition
Imagine you are leading a small startup engineering team, minding your own business, then BOOM! Suddenly you’ve been acquired by a company that is about 30 times your size. Their engineering team is much larger and uses a completely different tech stack. Oh, and it's located in another country, so you are now essentially their first remote engineering team. Your job is to make the integration an amazing success. Go!If you’re currently going through a post-merger integration and losing sleep over it, or if you simply want to be prepared, then this is just the session for you. You’ll learn about our story of going through the above scenario after getting acquired almost two years ago and then doubling our engineering team. You’ll see what worked and what didn’t so you can make your own acquisition a phenomenal success.

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Florjan Bartol

VP Engineering, Zemanta, an Outbrain company
Currently leading a team of 30 as VP Engineering at Zemanta, an Outbrain company, Florjan started as a software engineer and gradually transitioned to engineering management after becoming fascinated with the people side of software. As a new parent Florjan spends most of his days... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
DevExec Stage

11:00am EDT

PRO TALK: Tales from the Dark Side: What a Developer Learned When Switching to Recruiting
The hiring process often seems opaque and quixotic to developers. The bad news is that it's even worse than that. In this talk, I will explain what I've learned since becoming a recruiter... as well as some potentially jarring truths, including how a recruiter often can't put you up for a job that you aren't *already* doing and why recruiters almost never submit you if you have a lot of consulting stints or seem like a job hopper...and what you can do about that. I also share some strategies and tactics that candidates can leverage in the process, including etiquette for gracefully eluding domination during the negotiation process, best practices for maximizing compensation, and how leveraging word of mouth can short-circuit and circumvent undesirable aspects of the job search process.

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Zack Burt

President, Code For Cash, Inc.
Zack Burt is a recruiter and software developer. He currently runs the software engineer recruiting firm, Code For Cash. He is coauthor of the bestseller _Software Engineer's Guide to Freelance Consulting_. Previously, he was a software engineer at TrialPay (unicorn) and Lookout (acquired... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am EDT
DevExec Stage

11:30am EDT

FEATURED SPEAKER: Autonomy and Alignment — Building Teams of Builders
What are the core ingredients in sustaining a thriving team of engineers, and how can effective teams be built and rebuilt? At Birchbox, we’ve been on a yearlong journey to improve our engineering organization at all levels — cultivating shared values, revamping our documentation and onboarding, rethinking process meetings and Jira use, migrating from Kanban to Scrum, moving from TechOps to DevOps, finding executive business owners to sponsor projects, capitalizing engineering effort, and switching from component to feature team organization.

In this talk, I’ll share some of our strategies and tactics, our reasons for adopting them, and why our team believes in them.

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Yuri Broze

VP of Engineering, Birchbox
Yuri Broze leads engineering at Birchbox, a leading beauty and grooming retailer known for its personalized monthly subscription service. Prior to Birchbox, he was an executive technology leader at TodayTix, building teams and connecting millions with theater tickets internationally... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:30am - 11:55am EDT
DevExec Stage

1:00pm EDT

PRO TALK: The Realtime Revolution: How Instant Connections Are Transforming Products & Industries
Every major technology shift for the last decade has been driven by persistent, consistent, realtime connections: drive-share has eclipsed taxis by instantly connecting riders and drivers; connected exercise machines like Peloton have brought community to home exercise; e-agriculture is boosting yields at rates unimaginable even ten years ago. There are two industries in the world today: those that have been transformed by realtime connections, and those that are about to be.

In this keynote we will examine how the always-on Internet is being replaced by the always-connected Internet; discover technologies that offered early promise and are now evolving into something new and different, with HTTP/2 ready to be the catalyst for the next growth spurt; and outline the new design patterns, combining globally-orchestrated realtime infrastructure with serverless and Edge computing, that will be fundamental to the emerging winners across industries.

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Simon Jones

VP Marketing, PubNub
Simon is a Silicon Valley veteran, with two decades' experience in building, marketing, and selling innovative B2B products. Most recently, Simon was Evangelist and Head of Marketing for Cedexis, an intelligent Interenet traffic management company, which was acquired by Citrix in... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
DevExec Stage

2:00pm EDT

PRO TALK: The Hidden Value of Core Values: How Engineering Teams Can Scale Smart
Engineering teams at fast-growing startups face a unique challenge: As they welcome dozens and even hundreds of new faces a year, they must preserve the original ethos of what made them so successful in the first place. Without a set of clearly communicated and widely distributed core values, large engineering teams will have a fractured identity that prevents them from working in lockstep. In this talk, Brian will show how establishing guiding principles from the onset can help startups create more cohesive engineering teams as they scale. Sharing best practices from his experience at Lucidchart overseeing a team that has grown from a handful to hundreds of engineers, Brian will discuss how to clearly define your core values, communicate them to the organization, and enable a high-performance team. Attendees will discover how to put core values at the center of everything they do, including hiring, coaching, morale, promotions and even difficult conversations.

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Brian Pugh

Senior Vice President of Engineering, Lucidchart
Brian, the SVP of Engineering at Lucidchart, has extensive experience designing, developing, testing, and deploying web applications. He has led development teams at many companies, including HP, Sun Microsystems, and FamilySearch.org. Brian holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm EDT
DevExec Stage

2:30pm EDT

PRO TALK: Cleaning Your Code as You Go
Will discuss high impact software product engineering. Weekly sprints. Experience and Perspective. Code Metrics on complexity, unit testing and refactoring && more.

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Chris Tava

Head of Engineering, Tempus
Chris is a Software Engineering / Product Leader with 20 years of experience delivering applications/services for B2C and B2B businesses. Specialities include: program strategy, product and project management, business analysis, agile software engineering, resource management, recruiting... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
DevExec Stage

4:00pm EDT

PRO TALK: Agile Estimation That Works
That dreaded phrase in engineering... "can you provide me with an estimate?" Many engineers cringe at the thought of putting a set number of days on a story or ticket. We all know the downfalls of estimation when tied to a story - bloat of the story to include extraneous additions when it's overestimated and cutting of corners (think testing) when underestimated. That being said, for the product managers, business owners, and product owners, having a clear roadmap and sense of timeframe and budget is extremely helpful when trying to map out your strategy for product development. This talk will address some techniques your team can implement to provide estimates that don't get bog down your agile process. The process implements agile methodologies rather than the waterfall techniques that are often tied to estimation processes. The goal of this talk will be to provide you with practices you can bring back to your team that help with transparency in scope and streamlined development. 

As the COO of Def Method (a software consultancy based in NYC), I work closely with our clients and engineering teams to map out a process that offers flexibility and transparency. As such we've worked to develop a product discovery, estimation process, and re-estimation process that helps to guide each project we're on.

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Julia Macalaster

Chief Operating Officer, Def Method
As the COO of Def Method (a software consultancy based in NYC), I work closely with our clients and engineering team to map out a process that offers flexibility and transparency. As such we've worked to develop a product discovery, estimation process, and re-estimation process that... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:25pm EDT
DevExec Stage