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Keynote: Microcultures and Finding Your Place

Location: Grand Ballroom ABC & Simulcast in Garden

Duration: 9:00am - 10:10am

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If you've worked for more than one company in your career, you know that culture can vary from one company to the next. If you move from one team to another team within the same company, you may have observed that different teams within the same company have different cultures. Why is that, and what does it mean for you?

Understanding the different microcultures within your organization can help you understand how to adapt and succeed in a new environment...even if your work address never changes.

In this talk, Mike McGarr (Slack Engineering) will address this question by exploring the essence of organizational culture and how it impacts our work. Mike will also explore the microcultures that can exist within an organization that provide layers of influence into our lives and job satisfaction.

Speaker: Mike McGarr

Engineering Leader, Frontend Infrastructure @Slack

Mike McGarr is an engineering leader who resides in the heart of Silicon Valley. Mike currently leads Slack’s Frontend Infrastructure team, focused on building a great JavaScript client. Prior to Slack, Mike lead Netflix’s Developer Productivity team, who was focused on building tools and services to make engineers at Netflix productive. Mike is also one of the founders and co-organizers of the Productivity Engineering Silicon Valley meetup. Mike also had a brief stint as a co-host on the popular podcast, the Ship Show Podcast. Prior to moving to the valley, Mike was hard at work in Washington D.C. building software solutions for the federal government. You can catch Mike riding his bike or speaking at conferences about technology and how make engineering organizations more effective.

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