26–28 October 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Collaboration and Craft conference sessions

Monday, October 26

11:00–11:40 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: G 106/107
Leslie Hawthorn (Red Hat)
Average rating: ****.
(4.19, 16 ratings)
While it’s easy to pay lip service to the idea of innovating by failing fast, humans are both neurally geared and financially incentivized to avoid failure. In this talk, we’ll cover key strategies for creating an environment that fosters rapid innovation in your organization. Read more.
11:50–12:30 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: G 106/107
Emma Jane Westby (UN-OCHA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.30, 10 ratings)
You've decided to level up your Git skills and have heard that rebasing is where it's at. In this session we'll talk about: WHY rebasing can make it easier to untangle your project's history; WHEN you should use rebase; WHAT rebasing actually does to your repository; and HOW it actually looks when things go right (and how to recover when things go wrong). Read more.
13:45–14:25 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: G 106/107
Tim Krajcar (New Relic)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Many companies have copied the fork-and-pull-request model from open source because it works so well, even for closed-source projects. So why are company processes and policies written in isolation with no collaboration? I'll present New Relic's implementation of an open-source-inspired workflow that drives all of our internal company processes. Read more.
14:35–15:15 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: G 106/107
Mark Bates (Meta42 Labs, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.10, 10 ratings)
Becoming a well sought-after and "better" developer is easier than you think. There are no tonics or elixirs you can take that will instantly make a desirable engineer, but there are easily defined steps to that goal. Read more.
16:15–16:55 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: G 106/107
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Open source and free software is here to stay, but software is still "born proprietary" until the author affirmatively liberates that software via a copyright license. Licensing choices are a confusing array of options. This talk explains the basic information an author should consider during the complex and highly politicized decision of FLOSS license selection. Read more.
17:05–17:45 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: G001 + G002
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
How to build a successful open-source company that is open to the public from everything like product releases to company HR policies. Read more.

Tuesday, October 27

11:00–11:40 Tuesday, 27/10/2015
Location: G 104/105
VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
'Programmer' and 'manager' are two different titles for a reason: they're two different jobs and skill sets. If you have managerial aspirations (or have had them foisted upon you), come to this session to learn some of the tricks of the managerial trade. Read more.
11:50–12:30 Tuesday, 27/10/2015
Location: G 104/105
Melissa Santos (Big Cartel), Maggie Zhou (Etsy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 12 ratings)
We share our lessons learned in removing and adding technologies, including stories from our Etsy experiences. Expect to come away with a better idea of the technical and political problems involved in these changes. Read more.
13:45–14:25 Tuesday, 27/10/2015
Location: G 104/105
Cedric Williams (PayPal)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 8 ratings)
Maturing engineering organizations tend to coalesce into silos around products, technologies, and business units. InnerSource uses proven open source approaches for development inside the firewall, bypassing the constraints of silo architecture while increasing velocity and quality. This session will examine how InnerSource is growing at PayPal and what has been learned so far. Read more.

Wednesday, October 28

13:30–17:00 Wednesday, 28/10/2015
Location: D403
Andrew Berkowitz (TeamSnap), Wade Minter (Custom Communications)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 6 ratings)
Getting everyone in your company or development team on the same page can be a challenge. This on-your-feet workshop teaches fast, fun improv techniques to help your group bond, communicate, generate quality ideas, and make quick decisions. Learn the secrets of applied improv from two professionals who have decades of experience working in open source, Internet startups, and corporate training. Read more.