Dev Teams: Agile & Remote Methodology

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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OPEN TALK: Building a High-Performing Interrupt-Driven Team
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Mariena Quintanilla
Mariena Quintanilla
Foursquare, Director of Client Solutions Engineering

Finding the balance in your organization between project work and servicing ad-hoc stakeholder requests in a timely manner is a hard problem. Done wrong, it can lead to burn-out, increase attrition and slow innovation in your organization. Done right, your team will feel the value they provide daily -- increasing engagement and meeting the needs of stakeholders. In this session, Foursquare’s Director of Client Solutions Engineering Mariena Quintanilla will provide practical guidance for managing agile dev teams, from structuring your organizing and hiring the right talent, to maintaining work-life balance and resolving friction points. 

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OPEN TALK: Essential Strategies for Managing Distributed Teams
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Alex Oliveira
Alex Oliveira
Code Climate, Engineering Manager

The dynamics of a distributed team — whether remote or hybrid — differ significantly from those of an in-office team. Managers must adjust their tactics to account for those differences and lead their team to success. In this talk, Alex Oliveira, Engineering Manager at Code Climate, walks through essential strategies for gaining visibility, boosting alignment, and driving progress on a distributed team. 

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OPEN TALK: Distributed SQL and Operational Analytics
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Andrew Oliver
Andrew Oliver
MariaDB, Senior Director of Product Marketing

Your business has changed, moved online, and requires handling massive numbers of customer interactions per second. Uptime requirements are absolute and it is no longer feasible to scale an "engagement database" separate from the system of record. Several times a day your business needs to know what customers are doing and why. Your business needs to know that NOW – not in the next hour, tomorrow, or next week.
Distributed SQL databases are modern scalable databases that support a relational model. Nearly all support SQL. They can serve as a system of record while scaling to hundreds of thousands of queries per second and tens of thousands of transactions per second. Meanwhile, new technologies are making it possible to run ad hoc, real-time operational analytics, and personal analytics against a production system.
In this session, we'll look at the best places to use a distributed SQL database, the way they work, and how they are evolving new capabilities. 

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Supercharge Your Team with Software Engineering Analytics
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Julius Uy
Julius Uy
Kydon Group and Zillearn, Chief Technology Officer

Successful organizations tend to generate better decision quality in the optimal amount of time. In the age of information, data is your best friend. Data, not intuitions, must inform decisions. Hence, organizations must always be conscious around improving two important elements: the time to make decisions and the correctness of the decisions.

In this talk, we'll cover how Hubble addressed observability problems in the Software Engineering department and what data we are using to improve our internal processes 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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OPEN TALK: Why Can't We Build Secure Software
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Tanya Janca
Tanya Janca
Bright, Director of Developer Relations and Community

A lot is expected of software developers these days; they are expected to be experts in everything despite very little training.  Throw in the IT security team (often with little-to-no knowledge of how to build software) telling developers what to do and how to do it, and the situation becomes strained. This silo-filled, tension-laced situation, coupled with short deadlines and pressure from management, often leads to stress, anxiety and less-than-ideal reactions from developers and security people alike.
This talk will explain how job insecurities can be brought out by IT leadership decisions, and how this can lead to real-life vulnerabilities in software. This is not a talk about “feelings”, this is a talk about creating programs, governance and policies that ensure security throughout the entire SDLC.

No more laying blame and pointing fingers, it’s time to put our egos aside and focus on building high-quality software that is secure. The cause and effect of insecurities and other behavioral influencers, as well as several detailed and specific solutions will be presented that can be implemented at your own place of work, immediately. No more ambiguity or uncertainty from now on, only crystal-clear expectations.