Building and maintaining complex distributed systems
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Schedule: Technical Leadership sessions

11:25am–12:05pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: LL21 E/F
Level: Non-technical
Lisa van Gelder (Bauer Xcel Media)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Lisa van Gelder shares what she learned from an accidental A/B test. Last year, she interviewed for a new executive job at the same time as two (white, male) friends, and they compared notes. Lisa explains how "unqualified" is used to reject marginalized groups in tech and what we can do about it—both as individuals interviewing and as hiring managers looking to improve the interview process. Read more.
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: LL21 E/F
Level: Non-technical
Julia Grace (Slack)
Average rating: ****.
(4.92, 13 ratings)
Julia Grace has built teams at IBM Research, startups, and Slack and has done due diligence for venture capitalists to determine how well a startup’s engineering team is working together. Drawing on this knowledge, Julia attempts to answer the question, Why do some teams ship features rapidly, support each other, and effectively communicate while others struggle? Read more.
2:10pm–2:50pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: LL21 E/F
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Juan Pablo Buriticá explains how to use technical RFCs as a decision-making tool in your engineering organization to increase effectiveness. When implemented properly, technical RFCs can encourage trust and delegation, respectful discussions, knowledge sharing, and accountability and support good software design. Read more.
3:40pm–4:20pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: LL21 E/F
Level: Intermediate
K Vignos (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 8 ratings)
Constant change—caused by high attrition, frequent reorganization, shifting priorities, and management turnover, among other reasons—is the new normal. It takes months to onboard a new team member and get them adding value. Kathleen Vignos offers tips, shortcuts, and stories for stabilizing a team and finding a path to productivity amid the chaos. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Location: LL21 E/F
Level: Beginner
Roy Rapoport (Netflix)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
When you're a scrappy startup, being nimble, agile, and flexible comes with the territory. But how do you maintain agility when you're a much, much larger company? Hope is not lost. Roy Rapoport shares critical leadership practices—focusing on encouraging failure, growing heretics, and empowering dissent—that will help you maintain a technical and organizational edge. Read more.