Track: Culture Reimagined
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This track explores ways leading technology companies are hacking their own culture in the areas of engineering and product development, and will inspire you to rethink your own team structures and provide creative ideas for you to apply to your own organization.
by Sarah Lake Hagan
Social Scientist/Statistician @Nordstrom Technology People Lab
With over 1,600 Technology employees, Nordstrom Technology has grown over 40% in the past three years. We’ve encouraged our engineers to be innovative, creative, and willing to take risks by introducing a new culture code: NorDNA. NorDNA is helping to create a workplace that enables talented people to provide amazing customer experiences. Considering Nordstrom is a century-old company, how did we introduce this new change while maintaining our history? This talk will start off by explaining...
by Roy Rapoport
Manager of Product Network Engineering @Netflix
Irrespective of what a company's leadership says about its culture, priorities, or expectations for how people will work with each other, the structures put in place in a workplace create a set of rules for "winning," or maximizing the benefit to oneself or one's group. Especially if the employees hired are reasonably intelligent, they will always deduce the way to operate within the system while optimizing whatever outcomes they consider beneficial. In this way, working within an...
by Nikhil Garg
Engineering Manager @Quora
Startups must move fast to stay ahead. It is easy to move fast in the short term and collect product/technical debt to end up with a product, codebase and systems that completely paralyze the forward development in the long term. It is also easy to set things up to move fast in the long term (e.g through high code quality) but bear significant overhead and slow downs in the short term. In this talk, I'd talk about the mental frameworks, processes and tools that allow Quora to strike a good...
by Aaratee Rao
Engineering Leader @Uber
Technical Debt is a real phenomenon that impacts every codebase at some point. It is seen as a consequences of poor architecture and a hasty development culture which saves teams’ time, effort, money today but might lead to increased costs in the future. However, it can be a very useful tool and a strategy that helps balance short-term wins and long-term productivity. In this talk you will learn some practical and real world examples of how some well known hyper growth companies accumulated...
by Jeremy Edberg
As a founder who recently started his own company with the goal of being 100% remote, come hear about the pitfalls we've run into, the parts that are working well, and a summary of our research talking to other fully or partially remote teams. And bring your own opinions too because we'd love to hear them!
Covering innovative topics
Monday Nov 16
Architectures You've Always Wondered About
Silicon Valley to Beijing: Exploring some of the world's most intrigiuing architectures
Applied Machine Learning
How to start using machine learning and data science in your environment today. Latest and greatest best practices.
Browser as a platform (Realizing HTML5)
Exciting new standards like Service Workers, Push Notifications, and WebRTC are making the browser a formidable platform.
Modern Languages in Practice
The rise of 21st century languages: Go, Rust, Swift
Our most innovative companies reimagining the org structure
Level up your approach to problem solving and leave everything better than you found it.
Tuesday Nov 17
Containers in Practice
Build resilient, reactive systems one service at a time.
Architecting for Failure
Your system will fail. Take control before it takes you with it.
Modern CS in the Real World
Real-world Industry adoption of modern CS ideas
The Amazing Potential of .NET Open Source
From language design in the open to Rx.NET, there is amazing potential in an Open Source .NET
Keeping life in balance is always a challenge. Learning lifehacks
Unlearning Performance Myths
Lessons on the reality of performance, scale, and security
Wednesday Nov 18
Streaming Data @ Scale
Real-time insights at Cloud Scale & the technologies that make them happen!
Taking Java to the Next Level
Modern, lean Java. Focuses on topics that push Java beyond how you currently think about it.
The Dark Side of Security
Lessons from your enemies
Taming Distributed Architecture
Reactive architectures, CAP, CRDTs, consensus systems in practice
Lessons on building highly effective organizations