Track: Org Hacking
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Silicon Valley knows how to build disruptive companies, but this goes further than simply embracing technical innovation. As software-based companies seek to build creative, innovative cultures, even in the throes of hyper-fast growth, they sometimes make daring decisions in the way they structure their internal teams, managerial and leadership roles, communication and even their core values.
by Josh Evans
Director of Operations Engineering @Netflix
Operating a massively scalable, constantly changing, distributed global service is a daunting task. We innovate at breakneck speed to attract new customers and stay ahead of the competition. Simultaneously improving service quality and enabling rapid, continuous change seems impossible on the surface.
At Netflix, Operations Engineering is a centralized organization whose charter is to accomplish just that by applying high-...
by Sri Shivananda
VP of Global Platform and Infrastructure @PayPal
Sri Shivananda, PayPal’s VP of Global Platform & Infrastructure, will present a case study on what it took to successfully separate the technology of a Fortune 500 company after over a decade together. Separating PayPal’s technical infrastructure from eBay Inc. was no easy task, and Sri can share some key learnings applicable to engineers and developers at companies of all sizes. Attendees will gain insight into the muscle required to pull apart these technologies, while keeping the day-...
by Steve Garrity
Is the only way to build software for big companies using waterfall? J2EE Beans? XML? UML? It doesn't have to be that way. At Hearsay Social we apply modern consumer software techniques to build software for Fortune-50 banks and insurance companies. This talk will explain the custom process we use for large, enterprise projects. It's become a competitive advantage for us with both customers and candidates.
by Nate Fink
Head of Engineering @Yammer
With experiential knowledge gained from years of working at Yammer and helping with Microsoft's transformation, Nate Fink, Yammer's Head of Engineering, will share how Yammer has changed everything from how they structure teams to the role of managers to how they measure progress, to create an organization that can not only survive learning, but thrive because of it.
by Cathy Polinsky
VP of Engineering for Search @Salesforce
When you're growing super fast, how do you create alignment across your organization and stay focused on your strategy? One of the secrets behind Salesforce's success is its V2MOM process for defining, aligning and communicating your vision, values and goals at the company, team and individual level. Cathy Polinsky, VP of Engineering, will talk about the origins of this model from the first days of Salesforce to how it is used today to create aligned, self-empowered, and fast moving...
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