Build & maintain complex distributed systems
17–18 October 2017: Training
18–20 October 2017: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Three "last conversations"

15:4016:20 Thursday, 19 October 2017
Technical Leadership
Location: Park Suite Level: Intermediate
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Technical leaders, managers, and directors

What you'll learn

  • Explore three hard conversations and the lessons they teach about mistakes, diving saves, honesty, delivering bad news, and the differences between effort and results


Last year, Mindaugas Mozūras’s company was in dire straits. Its strategy was not working. All the key metrics were drifting downward. People left. The company even did a reorg. During this time, he had many last conversations—sometimes trying to stop people from leaving, other times to let them go. Mindaugas relates three such conversations, sharing lessons on mistakes, diving saves, honesty, delivering bad news, and the differences between effort and results.

This story has a happy ending. Mindaugas is still with the company, which managed to turn it around and has never been in a better position.

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Mindaugas Mozūras


Mindaugas Mozūras is head of engineering at Vinted, the world’s biggest preloved fashion marketplace with a community of 15 million people in nine countries, backed by $60M from Accel, Insight Venture Partners, and Hubert Burda Media, where he spends his time doing his darned best to help make second-hand the first choice worldwide. A software developer, book reader, speaker, movie lover and all-around geek, Mindaugas has made significant contributions to open source projects and is a frequent speaker at software development community events, where he shares his personal experience and that of the Vinted engineering team, who are big fans of continuous deployment, releasing code hundreds times per day into production.