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YOW! CTO Summit 2017 Melbourne

Wed, Nov 29
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne (AEDT)

    Registration for YOW! CTO Summit Melbourne 2017 - 45 mins


    Session Overviews & Introductions - 15 mins


    Morning Break - 20 mins

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    Jo Cranford

    Jo Cranford - Data Driven Culture - Leadership & Growing People

    schedule  11:00 - 11:30 AM AEDT place State 3 star_halfRate

    Company Culture and Employee Engagement aren't just popular buzzwords - really understanding what makes your teams tick can lead to a significant difference in company performance, profitability, customer satisfaction. At Agile Australia in 2016 I presented a Culture Manifesto derived from data from over 100,000 survey responses from engagement and exit surveys at more than 150 companies, many of them in the New Tech space, and explained why factors such as effective company leadership, and learning and development, can have a real impact on improving engagement and reducing turnover.

    In this talk I will dig in to the topics of leadership and growing people, with updated insights from more recent data, and explain some of the differences we see in groups such as engineering teams, and at different stages of company growth. I will present stories from our own company and other case studies, where people have taken action and the differences we see.

    You will appreciate the importance of effective leadership and developing people and how it contributes to engagement; gain insights into the drivers of engagement and turnover; and also hear about the things that we expect would make a difference, but the data proves us wrong!


    Lunch - 40 mins

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    Scott Shaw

    Scott Shaw / Evan Bottcher - Managing your Platform as a Product

    schedule  01:20 - 01:50 PM AEDT place State 3 star_halfRate

    Most of the large, traditional, businesses we encounter today feel like their market share is under threat from smaller, more nimble, purely digital competitors. These digital companies are able to continuously experiment and roll out new products and services at an accelerating pace. Even though traditional businesses have the advantage of better customer relationships, more efficient processes and deeper market knowledge, they struggle to become responsive and customer-led. Delivering new features involves scattering change across a complex organisational and IT landscape through laboriously planned and orchestrated programmes of work. In an effort to unlock their existing corporate assets, large organisations are now looking to implement “platforms” that allow them to consolidate and simplify shared capabilities and deliver to customers faster. But what are the characteristics of a good platform?

    In this talk, we’ll introduce the concept of a digital platform - a foundation of self-service APIs, tools, services, knowledge and support arranged as compelling internal products. A well-constructed digital platform can accelerate digital product delivery by reducing dependencies and friction between teams and making it easier to access the core business capabilities of your organisation. Using real-world examples, we’ll describe some key characteristics for success, with particular attention to the importance of managing the platform as an internal product.

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    Douglas English

    Douglas English - Monolith to Micro-Services? Event Sourcing Can Help

    schedule  01:55 - 02:25 PM AEDT place State 3 star_halfRate

    As Culture Amp's product group grew (now 70 people) it became increasingly obvious that having a single monolith and single codebase was slowing us down, and creating single points of failure. This talk will cover how we embraced event sourcing as an architectural pattern to help us refactor the monolith - helping us to identify the boundaries of context - in preparation for identifying and harvesting appropriately scoped micro-services.

    The rigid conventions of how aggregates can communicate forces you to think deeply about what your Aggregates are, what Commands they should accept and what Events they should emit. Enforcing that Aggregates cannot access the internal data of any other aggregates (of the same type or otherwise) forces you to think in terms of high cohesion / low coupling, and, when necessary, accessing projections - and by inference accessing an external representation of another context.

    The standard architectural patterns for CQRS and event sourcing introduce an eventual consistency problem that needs to be understood and designed for - particularly in the UI. However, if you're migrating a monolith much of your UI was likely build assuming the page loads only occur after the database and views are updated. One of the advantages of starting event sourcing just within your monolith is that you can force the projections to be updated before returning success to a command. This has obvious down sides - namely impacting performance, stability, separation of concerns, and scalability, however as a stepping stone towards introducing event sourcing it's a fantastic way to allow you to focus on the Command side of CQRS initially without having to make any UI changes.

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    Paula Burton (Ngov)

    Paula Burton (Ngov) / Shennae Searle - (Other) Lessons from Primary School

    schedule  02:30 - 03:00 PM AEDT place State 3 star_halfRate

    It feels like every week there's a new report about the lack of diversity in tech companies or a new organisation working on how to make the industry more diverse.

    A report from the University of Sydney shows the future of tech companies may face the same lack of talent and diverse talent as students studying Maths & Science in NSW HSC has declined. The number of students not taking any Maths or Science has increased - from 2.1% (male) and 5.4% (female) in 2001 to 5.9% (male) and 14.6% (female) in 2014.

    Diversity brings different perspectives to teams. From our collective experiences we have observed that teams’ gender imbalances constrain them from being as great as they can be. Without balance and diversity, an organisation’s culture and problem solving abilities suffer and are less likely to build and deliver great outcomes.

    So even though women make up more than 50% of our population, why are they are so under-represented in the technology industry?

    Based on learnings from a local primary school, this talk aims to equip you with the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of this challenge and demonstrate how you and your organisation can work to address it. The content of the talk is based on a combination of research and real-life case studies aiming to provide you with take-aways to action as soon as you get back to your desk.

    Talk Title Credit: Ben Ryan


    Afternoon Break - 20 mins

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    Jeremy Burton

    Jeremy Burton - Cross-organisation, cross-culture, successful delivery: Lessons in delivery from REA’s integration with NAB

    schedule  03:20 - 03:50 PM AEDT place State 3 star_halfRate

    In 2017 the REA Group inked a deal with the National Australia Bank to partner on providing home loans to the millions of Australians who spend time on looking for property and lifestyle information.

    From Day 1 it was recognised that Australian business history is littered with the carcasses of failed mergers between our biggest institutions and organisations that represent the new digital economy, and that this REA-NAB partnership would require something special from an engineering, culture and governance perspective.

    It only took 8 months for the moment of truth to arrive - an engineering riddle , wrapped in a cultural mystery, inside a governance enigma. The team that came together had to find a new path, a third way of solving the technical roadblocks that had arisen through complex system architectures and data integration necessary to satisfy our customer's needs.

    Six key lessons were drawn from the August 2017 moment of truth for the two engineering organisations, that should provide inspiration to others planning partnerships of this scale in future.


    Conference Drinks & Networking - 90 mins