Visualizing Self - Exploring Your Personal Metrics

Jennifer Davis (Microsoft)
Velocity Culture, Grand Ballroom ABCD
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Engineers managing large scale systems need the ability to do several things at once juggling project completion, and site up. Often teams are under-resourced. We spend more time on ensuring the systems and services are in good working order than effectively managing the perception of personal value to the company. We imagine that somehow the invisible work to prevent events is as noticed as the firefighting. Communicating status and ensuring management and peers understand your contributions is time consuming and can feel like negative self-promotion. Without the information management won’t necessarily make the decisions to hire additional people, promote from within, or give you the acknowledgement you deserve.

Many of the tools and skills we use to monitor and manage our systems can be used to monitor and manage the perception of personal value to our manager and peers. Topics covered will include:

  • Determining your personal metrics.
  • Generating your first personal dashboard.
  • Using automation to track and communicate updates.
  • Evaluating your dashboard to manage and maintain growth.

This talk aims to show you how to use your technical skills to improve your soft skills of communication and networking. Jennifer will share her key learnings from her efforts to minimize interrupts, improve self knowledge of strengths (and weaknesses) and increase job satisfaction.

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Jennifer Davis


Jennifer Davis
Senior Service Engineering, Yahoo!

Jennifer has worked in education, startup, and large scale environments which has contributed to a diverse set of experiences. Currently she is a leader and senior service engineer for the platform data services group at Yahoo! with a focus on customer service experience. She completed her B.S. in Computer Science at Notre Dame de Namur University.


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