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Thursday, February 21


EXEC TALK: Charting a Path for Career Growth Beyond Development
How do you grow your career as a developer beyond the technical world? Grace Francisco is the Vice President of Developer Relations at Roblox, which is ushering in the next generation of entertainment, enabling people to imagine, create and play together in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds. With more than 20 years of experience in software, Grace will share insights on the many ways developers can channel their experience, skills and successes into new opportunities. This includes understanding how technical knowledge and leadership can be applied to other key organizations, such as marketing or sales, to knowing how prior learnings and experience can turn a big idea into a new venture. In addition, she will share her thoughts on how to select and work with a mentor to become your own best evangelist to drive new opportunities and advancement.

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Grace Francisco

VP Developer Relations, Roblox
Grace is VP of Developer Relations at Roblox. She is responsible for leading developer and educational programs, and engaging with a growing community of 4+ million developers to empower them across multiple platforms. A seasoned developer relations leader with over  20 years of... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 9:30am - 9:55am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Driving Innovation Through Diversity
Today, product development teams are more global and diverse. Working with different cultures brings benefits of different points of view and perspectives. Research has found that diverse teams are more innovative. Organizations are becoming more intentional on building a global mindset in product development by building diverse teams. In this talk, we will review the benefits of diversity, how to create a global mindset in teams and building a culturally competent organization.

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Claudia Galvan

Technical Advisor, Early Stage Innovation
Claudia Galván is a strategic and technical leader who has led global product development at Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft reaching billions of people around the world where she has built global teams from the ground-up. In the last few years, she has focused on helping startups in... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 10:00am - 10:25am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Impact Driven Culture: What it Means, and How It Helped Us Scale 300% YoY
This talk will explore practical ways for managers to create an impact-driven culture that breeds optimal team engagement and individual motivation. Daniel Lereya, Head of R&D at monday.com, will share advice from his experience building a platform powered by machine learning algorithms and a trove of workflow data and insights. The software is designed with simplicity, flexibility, and transparency at its core, which required his team of 33 developers to learn new technologies, development processes, product capabilities and business understanding - leading to monday.com generating 300% YoY growth and reaching a valuation of $500M just four years after launch. Additionally, monday.com built its own internal business intelligence tool, BigBrain, from scratch. BigBrain tracks all business objectives and evaluates progress toward those goals, while analyzing initiatives in real-time. monday.com provides an inside look at the BI tool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-YbHMCUycw Daniel will explore how to motivate developers by creating a self-starter, fully focused and measurable zone, drawing on his experience at IBM and SAP. He’ll explain how to promote personal ownership of projects by making everything more transparent and inclusive, and developing a dynamic, creativity-driven environment that builds successful, user-friendly products.

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Daniel Lereya

Head of R&D, monday.com
Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Daniel is Head of R&D at monday.com and leads the web, mobile and growth teams, which have scaled monday.com’s customer base 3x YOY. Over the last few years, Daniel has led web and mobile development teams in both startup and corporate environments, recently... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 10:30am - 10:55am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: A New Breed of IT Pro: The Hybrid Engineer
What makes a successful network engineer in today’s world? And how does that fit into the world of software development? In this presentation, Jeff McLaughlin will share actionable insights and real-life anecdotes to demonstrate how the two worlds intersect in more ways than one. He’ll share the power of understanding how to automate processes and also the power of traditional networking knowledge. Finally, he’ll show how the hybrid engineer, the person who bridges the gap between the worlds of networking and software development, plays a strategic position in IT and in business.

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Jeff McLaughlin

Principal TME, Cisco Systems

Thursday February 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Moving from "Doing Agile" to "Being Agile"
In this session we will be discussing how Accusoft transitioned from "Waterfall with Sprints" to an agile engineering organization delivering high quality, high value products in short increments.

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John Armenia

Director of Self-Hosted Solutions, Accusoft
John joined Accusoft as a Development Manager in 2014 and is now the Director of Self-Hosted Solutions. His duties include managing the PrizmDoc product family as well as the architecture team. Additionally, John serves as an Agile coach at Accusoft. Before joining the team, John... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 11:30am - 11:50am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Discovering Untapped Talent: Why Your Next Great Engineer May Be Stocking Shelves
Hear the story of Jesse Hood, a former Walmart overnight shelf stocker turned full-time software engineer. Learn the secret sauce of how we train people from non-typical backgrounds and place them into full-time software development jobs.

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Austen Allred

CEO, Lambda School
Austen Allred is the co-founder and CEO of Lambda School, a Computer Science education that is free until a student gets a job.He was previously a Senior Growth Manager at LendUp - a fintech lender in San Francisco, and the co-founder of Grasswire and Stubtopia.

Thursday February 21, 2019 11:50am - 12:00pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: The Future of Software Development
With supercomputers in our pockets, self-driving vehicles, and software recognizing images better than humans, what we recently thought of as the future is already here, so how do we define the next future? Rod Cope explains how different aspects of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, high-performance computing, digital platforms, massive bandwidth, and an obsessive focus on user experience will be the fundamental drivers to future application success as we build upon lower barriers to entry and shift from improving technology to improving life. Rod shares his 20+ year journey from the forefront of open source to a predicted future where the IoT and big data are the new normal and the key questions are less “How can we do it?” and more “How do we make it better?” Come to this session to learn what you can do now in terms of research, planning, and investment to get the most out of our inevitable future.

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Rod Cope

CTO, Rogue Wave Software

Thursday February 21, 2019 1:30pm - 1:55pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: HumanOps - Focusing on the Human Side of Running Infrastructure
Humans are a critical part of operating systems at scale, yet we rarely pay much attention to them. Most of the time, energy and investment goes into picking the right technologies, the right hardware, the right APIs. But what about the people actually building and scaling those systems? How can you reach your high availability goals without a team that is able to build reliable systems, and respond when things go wrong? How does sleep and fatigue affect system uptime? System errors are tracked, but what about human error? Can it be measured, and mitigated? This talk will consider the principles and philosophy of HumanOps - focusing on the human side of running infrastructure. It is crucial to consider human system and process design as part of any large scale software, hardware and infrastructure project. This talk will explain how. 

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Justin Johnson

Director, Developer Relations, StackPath
As a developer advocate, Justin’s goal is to help builders build things better.As Director of Developer Relations at StackPath, Justin advocates for the engineering team and evangelizes StackPath’s edge platform to the developer community by documenting APIs and acting as a liaison... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Successful Delivery of Cross Functional Projects
It is very important for developers working on projects that span across multiple teams to align themselves throughout the project and not just work in silos. Agile in tech industry has introduced a sense of independence in teams but unfortunately in fast paced startups it has also led to some amount of teams working in silos. Recently there has been a trend where developers have started to perceive themselves as true partners of product owners and want to be involved in product decisions. Engineers want to make the right software design decisions keeping end customers in mind. Developers are talking design platform and product. We as engineers want to deliver quality software with the right product features in mind. In this session, I would like to talk about my experience of leading a project that spanned across three timezones, three teams all of teams working on multiple projects. How we made the project a success with limited resourcing by planning it right. I will also talk about fun activities such "Hopes and Fears" , "Event Storming", "Group Technical Designs", "Group Code reviews" that were part of the journey. Most of these exercises worked like charm and some needed improvising. Coming out of this session, engineers will feel empowered leading projects that need coordination and will make an impact.

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Vandana Premkumar

Team Lead, Engineering, Bigcommerce
I have worked in tech industry since 14 years on different domains spanning from finance, education, ecommerce, travel and hospitality. Worked on technologies spanning from the world of CGI /PERL, C, JSF to now gRPC, Scala+Play. Have lived and seen different project methodologies... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Global Product, Local Challenges: What You Need to Know Before Entering New Markets
The internet has been a force multiplier for globalization: Indeed, at no point in history has it been easier for a local product to open the doors to new markets and acquire customers around the world. The most successful tech companies in the world are also the most ubiquitous; their customers exist everywhere and their products aren’t confined by geography – working, instead, in a variety of local contexts. 

But even as the universal language of code has blurred geographical boundaries, there still exist other constraints to global expansion: Differences in language, regulations, politics, privacy laws, age restrictions, and onboarding requirements. These constraints cannot be an afterthought – they need to be the first principles guiding your go-to market strategy. 

Join Anatoly Kvitnitsky, Trulioo’s VP of Growth, as he takes us through his first-hand experience in observing how global products scale into new markets and fit in with a variety of local contexts.

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Anatoly Kvitnitsky

Vice President of Growth, Trulioo
Anatoly Kvitnitsky is the VP of Growth at Trulioo. Anatoly has a wealth of experience working in strategy and corporate development within financial technology, credit, consumer healthcare and identity markets. Over the years, Anatoly has had a ringside view of the challenges that... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Driving More Meaningful Customer Interactions with AI
As the calendar flips to 2019, enterprises are increasingly moving artificial intelligence to the top of their priorities. AI promises to help automate processes and make crucial operations, such as customer interactions, more intelligent. Now, businesses can more quickly offer services that previously seemed complex or out of reach, creating the future of customer communications, today. Yet, building AI into products can be challenging, even despite the growth in AI-enabling technology. Bryan Stokes, Sr. Director of Product Management at Vonage, will discuss how enterprises with limited machine learning expertise can leverage simple, secure and flexible solutions to deploy AI in their contact centers. He’ll draw on his experience to explain how enterprises can adapt to customer demands and generate new insights to better serve and delight customers. By enabling AI-based tools, such as programmable building blocks, chatbots, open source skills-based routing, and real-time sentiment analysis, intelligent communications are helping companies to drive better business outcomes.

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Bryan Stokes

Sr. Director, Product Management at Vonage, Vonage
Bryan lives at the intersection of technology, innovation, and business. He has been the go-to person at Vonage to make technology work for the customer and not the other way around. Bryan has developed patented solutions for business problems and created business value by enabling... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 4:00pm - 4:25pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: he Realtime Revolution: How Instant Connections Are Transforming Products & Industries
Every major technology shift for the last decade has been driven by persistent, consistent, realtime connections: drive-share has eclipsed taxis by instantly connecting riders and drivers; connected exercise machines like Peloton have brought community to home exercise; e-agriculture is boosting yields at rates unimaginable even ten years ago. There are two industries in the world today: those that have been transformed by realtime connections, and those that are about to be.

In this talk we will examine how the always-on Internet is being replaced by the always-connected Internet; discover technologies that offered early promise and are now evolving into something new and different, with HTTP/2 ready to be the catalyst for the next growth spurt; and outline the new design patterns, combining globally-orchestrated realtime infrastructure with serverless and Edge computing, that will be fundamental to the emerging winners across industries.

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Simon Jones

VP Marketing, PubNub
Simon is a Silicon Valley veteran, with two decades' experience in building, marketing, and selling innovative B2B products. Most recently, Simon was Evangelist and Head of Marketing for Cedexis, an intelligent Interenet traffic management company, which was acquired by Citrix in... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 4:30pm - 5:20pm
West Hall EXEC Stage
Friday, February 22


EXEC TALK: Global vs. Sequential Development
There is a raging debate of why TDD is or is not the right approach to software development. Often individuals take positions based on their own experiences which are often very context specific. As an educator and a researcher, I have been using test-driven learning when teaching software development to my students. And I have found some striking parallels between students' learning styles and their preference or dislike towards TDD. Can these findings be generalized to a broader population of developer audience? Educators augment their teaching styles to support different learning styles. Can our approach to TDD be similarly augmented to accelerate TDD adoption? I discuss my findings and observations that address some of these questions.

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Neelam Dwivedi

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Neelam Dwivedi is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Heinz College. Prior to that, she worked as an Instructor at Penn State University in the College of Information Sciences & Technology. Before moving into academics, she spent over 20 years in the IT industry. She brings a unique... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 9:30am - 9:55am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Servant Leadership in Tech: Why Developers Must Come First
Servant leadership is the drive to focus on the growth and well-being of others before one's self. By definition, technology itself exists to serve business and every day problems. These solutions impact and improve the lives of many people. Therefore, servant leadership must be deeply rooted in your technical organizations if you want your team to reach its full potential. In this talk, Kate will demonstrate how servant leadership can translate directly to the daily lives of technical leaders. Attendees will leave with 7 tactical takeaways for empowering their development teams to succeed - starting tomorrow.

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Kate Wardin

Senior Engineering Manager, Target Corporate
Kate Wardin is a Senior Engineering Manager at Target Corporation. She has held various roles in the tech industry for 6+ years and currently leads a team of very talented Engineers who build and enhance the API Platform at Target. She enjoys her day to day responsibilities of empowering... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 10:00am - 10:25am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Measuring with Purpose
Projects, products, and business succeed and fail for many different reasons. Underlying that diversity of causes is often a recurring pattern. Organizations that have a great opportunity, a great product, and that execute well to deliver that product will often find success, and those that don't probably won't.  However, nobody starts with winning hand.  They have to play and improve what they start with, and the key to that is measurement.  "Measurement With Purpose" discusses how product and business leaders can use measurement to see things how they truly are, so they know where they are strong and where they need improvement, so they can can deliver a superb product to tap a great opportunity.

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Ketan Gangatirkar

Vice President of Engineering, Indeed
Ketan Gangatirkar leads Engineering at Indeed for Job Seeker products. For the last 10 years, he's been helping millions of people get jobs. Along the way, he's made some good product decisions and some terrible ones. He used to think he had great ideas, but being wrong all the time... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 10:30am - 10:55am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: What Got You Here (IPO) Won’t Get You There
Pluralsight grew its team from 12 engineers to almost 200, moved from a monolith to microservices, built mobile apps and executed one of this year's most successful IPOs—all in less than four years. But, what got them here won’t get them there. In this talk, Pluralsight’s VP Engineering, Brian Cressal will share the steps he is taking to ensure that Pluralsight’s engineering teams can maintain their speed, autonomy and continue to deliver on the company’s mission of democratizing technology skills. He’ll reveal how they created a clear technology strategy that supports the overall company strategy, established and maintain engineering values, and defined common ways of working.

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Brian Cressall

VP Engineering, Pluralsight
Brian Cressall is the VP of Engineering at Pluralsight, a technology learning platform. He oversees the company's engineering efforts and leads colocated teams in Utah as well as distributed teams. Brian began writing software as a teenager and has since leveraged those skills to... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: In a World of Data Science, Why is So Much of Engineering Still Guesswork?
Advanced analytics have transformed all kinds of industries and departments— why not software engineering? Using some of the specific questions he cares about as CEO, Pinpoint co-founder Jeff Haynie will show how his company applies data science to advance the way Pinpoint’s engineering teams deliver software.

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Jeff Haynie

CEO, Pinpoint
Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Pinpoint, provider of the first and only advanced analytics platform for software engineering. Before Pinpoint, Jeff co-founded Appcelerator, which is home to Titanium, a cross-platform development toolkit used by more than a million developers around... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 1:30pm - 1:50pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


EXEC TALK: Why Developers & Designers Need a Common Language (And How to Maximize Efficiency
We hear it all the time; Management has a list of requirements for a new product line. The design team is tasked with designing; the dev team is tasked with building, and after reading 1,000 grueling feature requirements everyone reluctantly signs off on a release date. Then the real fun begins. The design team gets creative. The dev team gets technical. Product requirements are incorrect (or missed), Ego’s collide, and the whole team stresses to meet rapidly approaching deadlines. Where did the communication break down? Why can’t team members all speak the same language? We’re here to tell you that they can, and it starts with process. During this presentation we’ll show you how to train your team to work more effectively together and how to establish a “common language” to overcome cross disciplinary obstacles. These proven steps will allow you to establish a checklist for your team(s) to follow to meet milestones; predict outcomes; and promote effective communication between various stakeholders in your teams.

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Jedidiah Weller

CEO, OpenForge
Jedi and his team have been pioneering new ways of designing digital solutions; integrating cross-disciplinary teams, and sharing common knowledge across technology companies world wide. His work at OpenForge continues to lay the groundwork for clearer communication and enhanced transparency... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
West Hall EXEC Stage


When Your Best Developers Leave, Does Their Knowledge About Your Code Leave With Them? (EXEC TALK)
Given that employee turnover is highest in tech companies among all industries, chances are your best developers will leave and someone new will have to take over your codebase within the next 18 months. Where is the knowledge your development team has created and shared stored today? If you are like most companies, the answer is not encouraging. Developers report spending as much as 75% of their time trying to understand existing code, while fewer than 20% learn about their code from internal tools and documentation. Peter Pezaris, CEO of CodeStream, will share insights, techniques and solutions aimed at solving the knowledge gap for development teams over time.

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Peter Pezaris

Founder & CEO, CodeStream
Peter is Founder & CEO of CodeStream, a Y-Combinator company developing the next-generation communication and knowledge management platform for software developers. Prior to CodeStream, Peter was Founder & CEO of Glip, a team collaboration platform acquired by RingCentral in 2015... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm
West Hall EXEC Stage