Presentation: Engineering Inclusion

Track: The Whole Engineer

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Beginner

Persona: Architect, Chaos/Resiliency/SRE, CTO/CIO/Leadership, Data Engineering, Data Scientist, Developer, Developer, .NET, Developer, JVM, DevOps Engineer, Front-end Developer, General Software, ML Engineer, Mobile Developer, Security Professional, Technical Engineering Manager

Abstract

There has been much discussion about improving diversity in the tech industry. While admirable, focusing on diversity without accounting for inclusion can result in temporary gains. In this talk, we will examine the need for inclusive measures as part of building a strong engineering culture and its impact on the product development process. We will explore techniques for achieving balance in an industry that has historically skewed in a particular direction. Finally, we will look at these issues from an engineering and business point of view in addition to the usual social good standpoint.

Speaker: Kevin Stewart

VP of Engineering @Heptio

Kevin Stewart is Vice President of Engineering at Heptio, an emerging leader in the cloud native computing space started by two of the founders of Google Compute Engine and the Kubernetes open source project. He held a similar role at NodeSource where he helped create NodeSource N|Solid, an enterprise grade Node.js runtime. Kevin is a 10-year veteran at Adobe and one of the original engineering leaders for Creative Cloud where his team built the very first service offering, Creative Cloud Assets. Prior to Adobe, Kevin held leadership roles at multiple software companies and digital agencies, where he helped shape the engineering culture by improving development and delivery practices and encouraged cross-functional teams. While currently residing in Seattle, Kevin is a lifelong New Yorker with dreams of relocating to a sunny island in the Caribbean. When he’s not helping teams build great products, Kevin can be found spending time with his family or at the gym trying to stay (get) in shape.

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