9:00-9:45 Happy Teams Make Better Code
Everyone wants to have happier and more productive teams. We all know the benefits of loving what you do, so why does it seem so hard to have happy teams? In this talk I share my experience of cultivating happier teams that are empowered and enthusiastic to solve the problems they are tasked with. We will discuss how to ensure your teams know what they are being tasked with doing and how to help them become autonomous. We will also discuss common pitfalls that prevent teams from becoming high performing.
Matt Campbell leads the Foundation teams at an educational technology company called D2L. At D2L he helped reduce deployment cycles from yearly to weekly, adopt DevOps and Agile, and revamp testing and release processes. Currently he is moving D2L into the clouds with a full-scale migration into AWS.
9:45-10:30 The Importance of Vision for Business Growth
Moharyar Ali discusses the importance of having a big vision when starting a new venture. He says that you should not be daunted when others, including early customers, don't share your vision because they don't share your world view. Moharyar believes in the importance of building a culture of innovation, with the conviction that if you aren't reinventing yourself then you are slowly dying.
Moharyar is the Director of Product at LookBookHQ and has over 6 years’ experience in various Product roles, working for companies such as Apple, Bell, Loblaw Digital and LookBookHQ.
10:30-11:15 Scaling Sparta: Military Lessons for Growing A Dev Team
How do you scale a team of two to twenty? The answer starts over 2,000 years ago in Sparta. This talk will focus on three distinct military organizations: Spartans, Mongols and Romans. Sparta’s standing army numbered 10,000 whereas Rome’s peaked at half a million. We’ll look at the structure of each military and apply the lessons learned to our development teams and organizations.
Emily Freeman made the bold (insane?!) choice to switch careers into software engineering. With no experience at all, she packed her six-month-old daughter, blind dog and a few boxes into her anti-mom mobile of a sports car and drove across the country to attend the Turing School of Software Development and Design in Denver. Emily completed seven grueling months of code reviews, pair programming and learning Ruby on Rails. After falling in love with Denver, a city as vibrant as she is, Emily decided to stay and currently works as a developer advocate at Kickbox.
11:15-12:00 A Fork in Your Career
You’re a Senior Developer or Team Lead and reached the inevitable fork in the road that most senior developers reach; to continue coding or move into management. What do you do? Do you really only have two choices?
Nael El Shawwa is a software craftsman who has spent the last decade wrangling software and people. At FlashStock, he is responsible for the technology that helps brands create beautiful on-demand visual content at scale.
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-13:15 Investing in Junior Talent Panel
In this panel discussion we will interview a diverse set of junior developers to get their perspective on what you can do to make the interviewing, onboarding and first few months even better for your new talent. As well as why it's important to invest in new junior talent.
Anya Craig: Anya became a front-end developer two years ago after discovering that writing code made her feel like a wizard. She likes making silly, fun side projects, hugging a wide variety of animals, hiking, and ghost towns.
1:15-2:00 Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Agility and Autonomy in Your Company
"Autonomy," "Agility," and "Continuous Improvement" are over-used words when we talk about development teams. This talk explains what they are, why they are valuable, and how you can create them in your own teams.
Kevin Goldsmith oversees the development and IT teams at Avvo. Prior to joining Avvo, Kevin was the VP of Engineering at Spotify, the popular digital music service, where he led a team of 175 engineers for the company’s mobile, desktop and web platforms.
2:00-2:45 Training as Active Leadership
Creating a training program for your team is a great way to help yourself come up with that vision, and to make it clear to your team where they’re heading. In this 40-minute talk we’ll go through the whole process and give you the confidence to build a training plan for your team.
Corey Reid has been building dev teams in startups across Canada for nearly twenty years. He is an experienced manager and speaker and is really quite tall.
Time for your afternoon pick-me-up!
3:00-3:45 What Dungeons & Dragons teaches us about Leadership
Dungeons & Dragons is a role-playing game where we go on an adventure to tackle large outrageous goals like slaying the giants or rescuing the princess from the dragons, but how does this have anything to do with real life? This session will teach you all about D&D and Leadership
James Wilkinson leads teams to create award-winning omni channel experiences through effective software and engaging user experiences.
3:45-4:15 Building Your Personal Management Toolbox
Management may seem a lot like an art at times, however enabling your teams success can be distilled down to a few basic principle exercises. Being prepared with a simple toolbox of best practices for your team can yield immense results. I will provide you with practical tips and tricks to make your team happier, and higher performing.
Bijan Vaez is the Co-Founder of EventMobi, a CTO & an advisor, and spends most of his time trying to figure out how best to scale technology teams & unlock growth potential for organizations.