Optimizing Teams for Fast Flow

Many organizations are trying to evolve how they deliver technology to keep up with the competition, drive innovation and remain relevant. If organizations are not focused on flow of value to their customer (internal or external), results will be inconsistent and often unsustainable. Flow can be a tough concept to introduce into an organization and leaders often need to unlearn practices that defined success in the past (e.g., waterfall methodology, command & control decision-making, monolithic architecture).

This track will focus on patterns enabling fast flow and rapid delivery of software, including decision-making techniques, team dynamics, cultural & technical practices. Speakers will share practical guidance and experience leading teams optimized for fast flow.


From this track

Session Optimization

[Recording] How to Win as a Tech Team in a New Reality That Feels Like a Mad Max Movie?

Tuesday Oct 25 / 05:25PM PDT

Most of us can’t remember how we worked before the pandemic hit. I remember I used to catch a train to get to work every day at Nike’s European headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands. We were already a distributed team and had a fantastic infrastructure to connect with colleagues worldwide.

Mehnaaz Abidi

Vice President Product, Runtastic @adidas, Previously @Nike @Tesco and @Amazon

Session Optimization

Optimizing Teams for Fast Flow

Tuesday Oct 25 / 10:35AM PDT

Do you find yourself asking how do we ensure teams are aligned, working together, and delivering value to the organization all while continuing to find optimization opportunities over time? How do we build intentional resilience, predictability and agility?

Collette Tauscher

Director of Supply Chain Strategy @Columbia1938

Session Optimization

Modeling Patterns for Digital Transformation

Tuesday Oct 25 / 11:50AM PDT

Digital transformation is not about new cool technologies, it’s a mindset shift and requires the awareness and understanding of customer needs.

Asif Iqbal

Global Director, Digital & Experience Design @Alimentation Couche-Tard

Session

Navigating Complex Environments and Evolving Relationships

Tuesday Oct 25 / 04:10PM PDT

Organizations evolve. Industry tools and practices change. Individuals have a wide array of opportunities.

Jennifer Davis

Engineering Manager @Google

Session

AMA: Optimizing Teams

Tuesday Oct 25 / 01:40PM PDT

Transformation is needed and hard. Many companies have had starts and stops, made great progress, made limited progress, had major and minor setbacks and some haven’t even started.

Jayashree Atre

Vice President, Engineering @Walmart Global Tech

Collette Tauscher

Director of Supply Chain Strategy @Columbia1938

Asif Iqbal

Global Director, Digital & Experience Design @Alimentation Couche-Tard

Jennifer Davis

Engineering Manager @Google

Session

Unconference: Optimizing Teams for Fast Flow

Tuesday Oct 25 / 02:55PM PDT

What is an unconference? At QCon SF, we’ll have unconferences in most of our tracks.

Shane Hastie

Global Delivery Lead for SoftEd and Lead Editor for Culture & Methods at InfoQ.com

Date

Tuesday Oct 25 / 10:35AM PDT

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Track Host

Courtney Kissler

CTO @zulily

Courtney Kissler joined Zulily in January 2021 as CTO and SVP of Technology. Previously she was Vice President Global Technology at Nike accountable for building a re-usable seamless platform to power Nike Direct to Consumer experiences, core commerce services, user services, consumer data engineering and global retail solutions. She also led the Global Supply Chain, Fulfillment and Logistics teams worldwide and was driving transformation across the supply chain ecosystem. Prior to that, Courtney was the VP of Retail Technology at Starbucks where she led global POS and retail store technology experiences. Courtney spent 14 years at Nordstrom, starting in infrastructure and security, moving into delivery leadership roles with her last role being the Vice President of E-Commerce and Store technologies where she drove a technological transformation essential for outpacing the demands of today’s Omnichannel consumers. In all 3 organizations, Courtney drove transformation in ways of working, moving to more outcome-based delivery of technology using modern practices, including DevOps. Courtney brings diverse technology experience from startups, CyberSafe and WorldStream Communications, to beloved global brands.

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