Track: Beyond Being an Individual Contributor

Location: Pacific LMNO

Day of week: Monday

Beyond being an individual contributor. Building and Evolving managers and tech leadership.

Track Host:
Jarrod Overson
Engineering Director @ShapeSecurity & JavaScript Expert

Jarrod has been developing on the web for over 15 years in both startups and global companies and currently works at Shape Security. Previously at Riot Games and Napster, Jarrod has worked in every corner of web technology and is an active proponent and contributor to open source, creator of Plato and co-author of Developing Web Components.

10:35am - 11:25am

by Josh Evans
Senior Director of Platform Service Engineering @ GitHub (Formerly @ Netflix)

New managers are reactive tacticians by default. Product managers drive requirements and due dates. Technical migrations, operational emergencies, and support requests form a maelstrom of distraction. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with these challenges and a common reaction is to double down on speed and efficiency. These are important tactical skills to develop but leadership (vs management) is a whole different game. Leaders are proactive, seeking out...

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Ivana Mcconnell
UX Design @CustomerIO. Editorial assistant @OffscreenMag, Runs @FacetsDigest &

Management and leadership are not about doing great work ourselves, but empowering others to do the same. The best leaders understand what makes their charges tick, not just as engineers, but as people. But how do we know we're ready to take that next step, and be successful in leading and inspiring others?

Mentorship is not trivial: it provides a bridge between being a practitioner and being a leader. This talk will define...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Matt Abrahams
Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions

Audiences crave authentic, bold communication, however, many presenters are uneasy speaking in public. Learn proven concepts to help reduce your anxiety and improve your connection with your audience. You will leave this session with several techniques for developing and delivering clear, confident, and compelling presentations/meetings that will make you and your communication "audience ready."

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Ariya Hidayat
VP of Engineering @ShapeSecurity & Creator of PhantomJS

It is very common for an individual contributor to think about the next challenge in their career, whether it is the role of a tech lead, an engineering manager, or a software architect. When the transition happens, the first surprise is often in the form of the implicit nature of the new role: becoming a force multiplier and making a bigger impact to the organization. The good news is, there are few simple skills which can be mastered quickly and should catapult such a motivating individual...

5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Tasneem Minadakis
Engineering Leader @Uber

As you advance in your career, you can be more effective as a technology leader by being an effective coach. This talk will give you a basic framework on how to provide quality feedback as well as develop effective coaching techniques to help employees identify and accomplish their goals.



  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Architectural practices from the world's most well-known properties, featuring startups, massive scale, evolving architectures, and software tools used by nearly all of us.

  • Going Serverless

    Learn about the state of Serverless & how to successfully leverage it! Lessons learned in the track hit on security, scalability, IoT, and offer warnings to watch out for.

  • Microservices: Patterns and Practices

    Stories of success and failure building modern Microservices, including event sourcing, reactive, decomposition, & more.

  • DevOps: You Build It, You Run It

    Pushing DevOps beyond adoption into cultural change. Hear about designing resilience, managing alerting, CI/CD lessons, & security. Features lessons from open source, Linkedin, Netflix, Financial Times, & more. 

  • The Art of Chaos Engineering

    Failure is going to happen - Are you ready? Chaos engineering is an emerging discipline - What is the state of the art?

  • The Whole Engineer

    Success as an engineer is more than writing code. Hear inward looking thoughts on inclusion, attitude, leadership, remote working, and not becoming the brilliant jerk.

  • Evolving Java

    Java continues to evolve & change. Track covers Spring 5, async, Kotlin, serverless, the 6-month cadence plans, & AI/ML use cases.

  • Security: Attacking and Defending

    Offense and defensive security evolution that application developers should know about including SGX Enclaves, effects of AI, software exploitation techniques, & crowd defense

  • The Practice & Frontiers of AI

    Learn about machine learning in practice and on the horizon. Learn about ML at Quora, Uber's Michelangelo, ML workflow with Netflix Meson and topics on Bots, Conversational interfaces, automation, and deployment practices in the space.

  • 21st Century Languages

    Compile to Native, Microservices, Machine learning... tailor-made languages solving modern challenges, featuring use cases around Go, Rust, C#, and Elm.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Applied trends in Computer Science that are likely to affect Software Engineers today. Topics include category theory, crypto, CRDT's, logic-based automated reasoning, and more.

  • Stream Processing In The Modern Age

    Compelling applications of stream processing using Flink, Beam, Spark, Strymon & recent advances in the field, including Custom Windowing, Stateful Streaming, SQL over Streams.