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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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OPEN TALK: 7 Steps to Ultra-fast Mobile Continuous Integration
Ben Boral
Ben Boral
Bitrise, Solutions Engineer

Speed is the name of the game in continuous integration. The quicker a developer can get feedback on her changes, the quicker she can address problems and move on to the next feature.

Imagine shaving 10 minutes off your build. For a developer pushing code 5 times a day, this is 40 hours of time savings a year.

In this session, Ben will offer 7 actionable tips that mobile developers can apply to their own CI pipelines to enjoy super fast CI responsiveness. 

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OPEN TALK: Why You Should Adopt Opentelemetry
Phillip Carter
Phillip Carter
Honeycomb, Senior Product Manager

Instrumenting your services is table stakes for modern services work. If your services are appropriately instrumented, debugging stops becoming guesswork, and you can understand your systems at a much deeper level than just knowing when something goes wrong. And when something is table stakes in software development, it cannot be controlled by any one vendor. OpenTelemetry is an increasingly popular vendor-neutral Observability framework for cloud-native software, poised to be the global standard for instrumenting systems. It’s a set of APIs, SDKs, and tools so that you can better understand your software’s performance and behavior. In this session, Phillip will walk you through what OpenTelemetry is from a developer’s standpoint, why you should choose it if you’re building cloud-native applications, and strategies for instrumenting a system with OpenTelemetry. At the end of this talk, you should feel empowered to adopt OpenTelemetry today and participate in an increasingly vendor-neutral future!

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OPEN TALK: 5 Principles for Creating Stupidly Brilliant Javascript Applications
Mike Manwill
Mike Manwill
Smarty, Front-End Development Team Lead

“The smarter an application is, the dumber its code should be.”

Have you ever tried to add a minor feature to your application only to discover that you’ll have to re-write large blocks of code first? Or maybe you’ve spent hours deciphering hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of lines of existing code just to find out a task only required two lines of additional code. If you’re like most developers, you’ve wasted countless, frustrating hours wading through immensely complicated code trying to force it to do things it wasn’t built for.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss 5 principles to help you create stupidly-simple applications that are maintainable, extendable, and bug-resistant. If your code is already suffering from “genius syndrome”, we’ll also be discussing strategies for refactoring existing code to avoid the infamous “grand rewrite.”

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OPEN TALK: Real-time Machine Learning Applications at Gigascale
Lucas Beeler
Lucas Beeler
Hazelcast, Principal Solution Architect

Machine Learning is disrupting nearly every industry. AI-First is the new mantra for many, but how do you architect, develop and manage intelligent, real-time applications incorporating Machine Learning that can scale to handle modern workloads driven by Cloud and Edge?
In this talk, you will learn the most critical elements for achieving machine learning applications that can scale to any throughput or volume of interaction up to one billion events per second or more. Also covered will be how to integrate these applications with MLOps frameworks, and how to design for zero-downtime architectures as well as global scale multi-region. 

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OPEN TALK: Spot the Bots: Machine Generated Text Detection
Neha Rao
Neha Rao
Stream, Data Scientist

Large language models grow increasingly capable of producing text that is indistinguishable from human written text. Bad actors are able to leverage these text generation capabilities to quickly and easily generate spam or bypass spam filters. Learn different techniques Stream is exploring to catch machine generated text in order to increase our spam detection capabilities. 

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OPEN TALK: The Future of Databases: Combining Operational and Analytical Data at Massive Scale
Rob Hedgpeth
Rob Hedgpeth
MariaDB, Developer Relations

In case you haven't heard, relational databases are the new hotness. Why? Distributed SQL. Wait, distributed what now?

Distributed SQL databases are relational databases engineered with a distributed architecture to scale out on commodity hardware, on premises or in the cloud…without any trade-offs. These databases retain standard SQL, ACID transactions and strong consistency while adding unprecedented levels of scalability. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

In this session, you'll gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of distributed SQL and get a quick look at MariaDB's new distributed SQL implementation, Xpand. Using MariaDB Xpand we'll take a more pragmatic look at how distributed SQL takes database elasticity, scale and high availability to the next level. Then, diving deeper, you'll be introduced to the novel concept of MariaDB's columnar indexing with distributed SQL, and how it can be used to dramatically improve the execution speed of analytical queries on massive datasets.

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OPEN TALK: A Modern Approach to Better Agile Planning
Devin Stoker
Devin Stoker
ClickUp, Strategic Solutions Engineer

With today's distributed work environment, running a modern agile organization requires a modern approach. No longer can projects live in their own space and be measured by their own goals. From automations to communications, measurement and more, today's successful development teams are leveraging modern tools and all-in-one productivity platforms to better plan their agile projects and seamlessly collaborate with all teams across their organization. In this session, ClickUp's strategic solutions engineer Devin Stoker will break down the keys to successful modern Agile planning and show how many global development teams today are adapting to the future of work. 

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OPEN TALK: Resilience Thrives in the Practice of Practice
Matt Davis
Matt Davis
Blameless, Staff Infrastructure Engineer

Having good reliability means that incidents are nothing special, merely variations of our regular work. Such a perfect dream of Site Reliability Excellence means that there are clear paths to expertise and common grounding between teams happens frequently. To make this vision a reality, we run an open session at Blameless that builds on musical traditions of improvisation. Inspired by western jazz and Indonesian percussion orchestras, our weekly session seeks to build group intuition through a discipline of iterative collaboration. In this talk I introduce our approach to continuous learning, Practice of Practice Gamelan.

What we've created is an opportunity for coming together in a collaborative way without the anxiety of performing under pressure. We share mental models through the telling of stories, playing of games, and riffing of ideas. Different areas of our socio-technical system are explored as seen through different eyes. By learning about how our coworkers view the system we operate together, we continuously build new connections through our newly shared perspectives. We not only learn how our teammates strive towards Reliability Excellence in their daily work, we also reduce unknowns about the system itself, giving us more flexibility to adapt around inevitable ambiguity. Come see how we want incidents to be just another time to get together and jam about some fascinating part of the system that has suddenly revealed itself as a wrong note we can learn by.

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OPEN TALK: Prevent Security Weaknesses from Ever Being Committed to Your Source Code Repo
James Croall
James Croall
Synopsys, Product Management Director

Learn how developers can use Synopsys® Code Sight™ plug-in to quickly find and fix security defects in source code, open source dependencies, IaC and more, without leaving the IDE. It’s easy to try, and provides quick time to value. It helps them write better code, fix issues before code commit, and avoid costly rework caused by issues not found until downstream testing. 

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OPEN TALK: What Is Cadence? And Is It Right for You?
Ben Slater
Ben Slater
Instaclustr, Chief Product Officer

Cadence is an exciting new technology open sourced by Uber in 2017 and that is a foundation technology for Uber and several other leading tech companies. Cadence makes it easier and much more efficient to develop and operate long-running, highly reliable process-based business logic (or workflows) at the highest levels of reliability and scale.

This session will explain the basic concepts of Cadence by walking through some simple code examples, discuss how to determine if your use-case is a good fit for Cadence, and outline some considerations for the successful adoption of Cadence in your organization.

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OPEN TALK: (ProductWorld): Products, Platforms & Innovation
Jay Dembani
Jay Dembani
Avalara, Senior Product Manager

Today, majority of the world’s most valuable companies by market capitalization are platform companies; to name a few are Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google & Microsoft.
All these companies started off with a great product by claiming a substantial mass of customers and providing enough value for all the stakeholders of the ecosystem by optimizing the "network effects".
In this talk I am going to touch upon the key factors, strategies and business models which can enable transition of a product mindset to a platform mindset.
I will also highlight how some of the global product companies are rapidly transforming themselves as successful platforms using innovative methods in their respective domains 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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OPEN Talk: Making the leap to Cloud
Jordan Tigani
Jordan Tigani
SingleStore, Chief Product Officer

So you want to be a cloud company? Making the jump to being a cloud-native rather than just a company who runs their product on the cloud requires deep changes throughout the organization. You'll need to change how your teams work together, how they think about the software development lifecycle, who you hire, how you approach reliability, and your relationship with your customers.

This talk goes through the prerequisites for becoming a cloud native company, addressing how to change not just what you do but how you do it, giving examples of other companies who have been through a similar transition. The speaker, Jordan Tigani, is a veteran who helped create one of GCP's first and most successful cloud products, and has helped SingleStore make the transition to a cloud-native company.

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OPEN TALK: How Beta Testing Can Support Automated Testing to Help You Release Better Mobile Apps Faster
Wim Selles
Wim Selles
Sauce Labs, Lead Solutions Architect

53% of users have reported uninstalling or removing a mobile app with issues such as errors and freezes. As developers, a critical bug making it through to your end users, in turn leading to customer and revenue loss, is one of your biggest nightmares. Especially, if you never got this feedback from real users, during testing.

When application performance and stability can make or break your business, how can you prevent bugs from reaching end-users and deliver the best possible mobile app experience, every time? Well, part of the solution lies in completing your automated testing strategy with mobile app beta testing, to help you quickly deploy beta versions of your apps, get critical real-user feedback, and iterate at a faster pace.

Join Wim Selles, Lead Solutions Architect at Sauce Labs, as he discusses how you can address the key challenges inherent to mobile app development by optimizing your beta testing processes. Wim will demonstrate how a developer-centric mobile testing solution can enable you to improve both the quality and release velocity of your mobile applications.

You will take away:
- How seamless access to mobile beta testing capabilities can help you take your mobile app development to the next level
- How to implement beta testing best practices, including finding the right beta users, enabling them to report more bugs faster, and getting the most value of bug reports
- How to streamline your iOS and Android app distribution, and optimize your mobile app beta testing processes to shorten app development cycles 

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OPEN TALK: How to Make Fixed Bid Projects Thrive in Agile Environment?
Rohit Sinha
Rohit Sinha
Excellarate, Director of Product Development

There is a widespread belief that fixed bids are not a good fit for Agile. Agile advocates flexibility. Agile principles help projects adapt to changes based on changes in priorities or market conditions. However, fixed means something that cannot be changed. Another common belief is that if we follow Agile with a fixed bid, we need to make sure the scope is crystal clear. In today’s fast-changing world this approach to project scope can significantly reduce the value a customer or a user gets when a project is delivered.

Do we know Agile can be a great fit for fixed bids?

In this session, Rohit will talk about a few tweaks that will not just make your fixed bid projects successful but can also make your project teams thrive in an Agile environment. He will share his experience on why Agile is a great methodology for fixed bids. 

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OPEN TALK: The PM’s Secret Tool to Solve for Integration Requests
Kristen Ditsch
Kristen Ditsch
Workato, Head of Product Marketing, Embedded

According to Product School’s annual State of Product Report, more than 45% of product managers say prioritization is their biggest challenge faced.
Backlog prioritization can feel like an ongoing rat race where you’re juggling a myriad of inputs and trying to keep up with demands. And yet, PMs are challenged to be the CEOs of their product and think strategically and proactively.

According to a study by Workato, a leader in enterprise automation, two-thirds of product managers report concern over managing their integration backlog and the volume of integration requests they receive.

Fortunately, product managers can have it all by leveraging the Workato Embedded Platform. Learn how the solution can help you become the hero CEO of your product and efficiently tackle integration requests that save engineering resources for building core product features, all while driving new revenue for your product. 

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OPEN TALK: DesignOps 2.0 - Scaling Design
Erica Rider
Erica Rider
PayPal, SR UX Manager

Scaling design is not about throwing more designers at the problem. Scaling design effectively is about operationalizing design, aligning closer with the principals of DevOps. How do we enable product teams to successfully deliver useful and useable products to their customers. This is an evolution that they call DesignOps2.0
Nearly everything a product team deals with impacts UX. Traditional development issues like availability and latency have a significant impact the user’s experience. When viewing the problem through this lens; the entire product team is responsible for the user experience and needs to be accountable for it, not just the UX team.

Erica will discuss the philosophy and end to end methods her team has developed around DesignOps2.0 and where they are heading from here.

Key takeaways

• Establishing tools and an environment that empowers product teams to deliver useful and useable products
• Gaining a common understanding with product teams around what impacts the user experience and who is responsible.
• Holding engineering and product teams accountable for delivering a good user experience. 

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OPEN TALK: How to Define Your Limits Proactively and Achieve Stable and Observable Services
Will Morgan
Will Morgan
Foursquare, Director of Engineering

While modern architectural patterns encourage us to declare services in a scale-agnostic way, the fact remains that our software will always have limits. If we choose to define, document, and enforce reasonable limits based on the problem domain, then our users will benefit in diverse ways. Developers deliver services that are more stable, predictable, and easy to use. The developers will benefit directly as well, because the process of imposing constraints, such as resource quotas or rate limits, gives natural scaffolding for observability.

This talk draws from lessons learned over seven years running petabyte-scale data pipelines and their associated microservices at Foursquare. 

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OPEN TALK: Being A Tester: Being a Superman.
Mesut Durukal
Mesut Durukal
Rapyuta Robotics, Test Automation Lead

Software testing requires development skills in terms of automation and CI/CD. Social skills as well. There are though responsibilities like release management. It looks like we have to be supermen holding all these qualifications. But we are human beings. It is okay to make mistakes. It is okay not to be okay.

When I refresh my memory and consider my whole testing life, I again realize that life is full of lessons. Whenever I think about this, I come up with a saying by John W. Gardner: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” We are all making mistakes and it is not possible to manage each single piece of processes perfectly. Still; what we can remember is, with additional brush strokes, those mistakes can evolve into nice colors inside the big picture. Besides, in the next run, we may take precautions against possible mistakes.

In short, after the quick review of my career, I decided that I can collect the required soft skills for a tester. Of course, I do not claim to be the super person who carries all those, but at least they are the ones which I realized to be the most prominent from my experiences.

What I will talk about is:
• What I learnt from my very early testing time: As a junior tester, what I faced? Which ways to act I learnt from those experiences.
• What I learnt from switching projects/products frequently.
• How did I survive in different environments?
• What other aspects did I experience after I was a team leader?
• What were the difficulties stemming from working in global studies?

Sometimes testing is underestimated and the responsibility is not understood well. To be able to survive in the next generation testing positions, we as testers have to hold both technical and social skills.

In this talk, I collected 25 soft skills that I decided a tester should have from my personal story. But I am pretty sure all testers face these situations. The presentation aims to wrap several skills from different perspectives like communication, agility, problem solving, efficiency and others.