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  • Liked Gene Kim
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    Gene Kim - The Unicorn Project And The Five Ideals

    Gene Kim
    Gene Kim
    Founder
    Tripwire
    schedule 5 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    It is impossible to overstate how much I’ve learned since co-authoring The Phoenix Project, DevOps Handbook, and Accelerate. I’m so excited that after years of work, The Unicorn Project will be published later this year.

    This book is my attempt to frame what I’ve learned studying technology leaders adopting DevOps principles and patterns in large, complex organizations, often having to fight deeply entrenched orthodoxies. And yet, despite huge obstacles, they create incredibly effective and innovative teams that create beacons of greatness that inspire us all.
    In this book, we follow a senior lead developer and architect as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage. She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy, forced to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, change requests, and approvals. Decades of technical debt make even small changes difficult or impossible, often causing catastrophic outcomes and fear of punishment.
    I get tremendous delight and gratification that this book is not about the bridge crew of the Starship Enterprise -- instead, it is about redshirt engineers, which as it turns out, whose heroic work matters most to the long-term survival of almost every organization.
    In my previous books, I’ve focused on principles and practices (e.g., Three Ways, Four Types of Work). However, I’ve always wanted to describe the spectrum of cultural, experiential and value decisions we make that either enable greatness or create chronic suffering and underperformance. They are currently as follows:
    • The First Ideal — Locality and Simplicity
    • The Second Ideal — Focus, Flow and Joy
    • The Third Ideal — Improvement of Daily Work
    • The Fourth Ideal — Psychological Safety
    • The Fifth Ideal — Customer Focus
  • Liked Troy Hunt
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    Troy Hunt - Rise of the Breaches

    Troy Hunt
    Troy Hunt
    Web security expert
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    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Data breaches are the new normal. We’ve created ecosystems with so many moving parts and so
    many complex units, it’s little wonder that we so frequently see them go wrong. A combination of
    more systems, more people, more devices and more ways than ever of producing and publishing
    data stack the odds in favour of attackers breaching more systems than ever.

    In this talk, you’ll get a look inside the world of data breaches based on my experiences dealing with
    billions of breached records. You’ll see what’s motivating hackers, how they’re gaining access to data
    and how organisations are dealing with the aftermath of attacks. Most importantly, it will help you
    contextualise these incidents and understand both what these attacks actually look like and how to
    defend against them in your organisation.

  • Liked Sabine Hauert
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    Sabine Hauert - Swarm Engineering Across Scales: From Robots To Nanomedicine

    Sabine Hauert
    Sabine Hauert
    President
    Robohub
    schedule 8 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Birds do it, bees do it. Even ants and fish in the sea do it. When certain individuals group together, they create a “swarm intelligence”— a collective brain capable of solving complex problems which would be insurmountable for an isolated individual. In the world of artificial intelligence, swarm engineering allows us to make robots that work in large numbers (under 1000), and tiny sizes (under 1 cm). Swarm strategies are either inspired from nature (ant colonies, fish shoals, bird flocks, cellular systems) or are automatically discovered using machine learning and crowdsourcing. Demonstrated applications range from the deployment of swarms of flying robots to create outdoor communication networks, or the use of 1000 coin-sized robots to form structures and explore the environment, to the design of nanoparticles for cancer treatment.

  • Liked Gil Tene
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    Gil Tene - How I learned to stop worrying and love Misery

    Gil Tene
    Gil Tene
    CTO & Co-Founder
    Azul Systems
    schedule 9 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
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    On the strange love that monitoring systems have for watching response times, and why things seem to still work in spite of it all.

  • Liked Michael Hunger
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    Michael Hunger - How Graphs Help Investigative Journalist to Connect the Dots

    50 Mins
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    The Journalists of the ICIJ used graph technology to understand the relationships between the leaked pieces of information in the Panama and Paradise Papers.

    NBC News applied graph algorithms to the messages and follower networks of Russian Twitter trolls to gain further insights.

    The Trumpworld organizational data correlated with US bills and government contracts offers starting points for further investigations.

    New tools like graph databases allow data journalists to understand the intricate networks of the criminal, economic and political world better as those three examples show. Each journalist adding new connections helps others to validate their stories. They say "It's like magic".

    Join Michael for a look behind the scenes of graph based data ingestion, analysis and investigation.

    We will use the open source graph database Neo4j, data visualization and graph algorithms to read between the lines.

  • Liked Juliet Hougland
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    Juliet Hougland - How to Experiment Quickly

    Juliet Hougland
    Juliet Hougland
    Data Vagabond
    Bagged & Boosted
    schedule 1 month ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
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    The ‘science’ in data science refers to the underlying philosophy that you don’t know what works for your business until you make changes and rigorously measure impact. Rapid experimentation is a fundamental characteristic of high functioning data science teams. They experiment with models, business processes, user interfaces, marketing strategies, and anything else they can get their hands on. In this talk I will discuss what data platform tooling and organisational designs support rapid experimentation in data science teams.

  • Liked Lee Campbell
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    Lee Campbell - Cost of a Dependency

    Lee Campbell
    Lee Campbell
    Lead Engineer
    VGW
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
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    This presentation will challenge a common movement that is sweeping the lands unnoticed. Agile micro-service projects that live in a single VCS repository, that are slow to test, hard to understand need to be deployed and versioned as a single unit. While that sounds silly, ask these questions of your project:

    • Are you using a layered architecture?
    • Do you generally have an interface for each class (Java/.NET)?
    • Do your Views live in one folder and your ViewModels in another?
    • Has your platform’s package manager made it too easy to just add, more?
    • Has your team mistaken “reuse” as a goal, not an outcome?
    • Does your team favor living code over doco, yet no one understands how the system works?
    • Could you make a one line code change, test it, commit it, package it and deploy it in under 15min?
    • Do you think you are doing Microservices, but all the code lives in the same repo? Share the same contracts? Get versioned and deployed together? Share a data store?

    Even if you are not on the Microservices band wagon, will your framework of choice be relevant in 5 years? Can your team pivot to new libraries, GUI or data store technologies in days or weeks? Or, are you actively building the next legacy project churn-and-burn style?

    This session will pose some challenges to prevailing convention and ask how did we get here. More importantly we will discover the costs of our decisions and how we start applying an engineering instead of religious approach to design.

  • Liked Larene Le Gassick
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    Larene Le Gassick - Full Stack Accessibility, and the Business Case for Inclusion

    Larene Le Gassick
    Larene Le Gassick
    Inclusion Engineer
    larene.dev
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
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    Hey, yep, Hi — it’s me again! Your friendly neighbourhood accessibility advocate.In this talk, I’m gonna take a break from aria-labels, alt-tags, and screen-reader demos.

    Don't get me wrong, that stuff is still important and needs to be shared as widely as possible, but, you see, I seem to have uncovered bigger problems. One of them is that basic human rights is hard to assign story points to, and we all know what happens to un-estimated stories during Sprint Planning!

    There seems to be a bit of a misconception that the responsibility of accessibility falls on the shoulders of the front-end engineer or UX designer. In reality, true accessibility, and inclusivity, goes much deeper than text size and colour contrast.

    In this talk, I’m going to show you how accessibility helps you print money. Nope, we’re not going to launch a new cryptocurrency, but you are leaving money on the table by locking potential customers out of your product.

    I am going to talk numbers - how measurable and tangible returns can be made from an investment in accessibility and inclusion. Plus how to think about accessibility at every layer of your stack and how to build it into your workplace culture.

  • Liked Cat Swetel
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    Cat Swetel - 193 Easy Steps to DevOpsing Your Monolith

    Cat Swetel
    Cat Swetel
    Engineering Manager
    Ticketmaster
    schedule 3 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Is it possible to enable the evolution of a monolith? After a hugely expensive (financially and culturally) failed attempt at a complete rewrite, Ticketmaster is attempting to do just that, bounce back and evolve the monolith that is Ticketmaster’s core ticketing platform. This multi-year effort requires striking a delicate balance between showing appropriate respect for the platform’s highly profitable 40 plus year history while not allowing past success to blind us to demands of a highly dynamic market of fans, artists, venues, and more. This is not a session about best practices for developing your monolith; this session is the true (and at times ugly) story of one company’s journey towards a more flexible, adaptable, and easily maintainable architecture supported by a culture that prizes learning and respect above all else.

  • Liked Sonia Cuff
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    Sonia Cuff - Cloud Governance and Cost Management

    Sonia Cuff
    Sonia Cuff
    Cloud Advocate
    Microsoft
    schedule 7 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Handing out access to the Cloud is like giving your kids the credit card. In a rapid deployment world, how do you retain configuration control while still allowing people to spin up the resources they need? Come and learn about building your Enterprise Scaffold, enforcing Policies and configuration in Azure and tools & best practices for estimating, managing & reviewing your costs.

  • Liked Dwight Sullivan
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    Dwight Sullivan - Game Developer or Game Designer?

    50 Mins
    Talk
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    In the last 30 years I have been a software engineer, a game developer, and a game designer. My YOW talk will be about the difference of those three titles. When my current boss asked me what I wanted my new title to be I choose Senior Game Developer. To me a game developer is something in between someone that implements rules and a game designer.

    In the 1980s I taught myself to write software and make games on my Commodore 64. After College, in 1989, I landed a job developing the software for pinball machines, writing code in 6809 assembler. I am still doing that today except its in C++. Developing games is a blast but its been a journey of challenges and solutions. My YOW talks will also be about the challenges of creating something fun, on time and on budget, of course.

  • Liked Todd L. Montgomery
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    Todd L. Montgomery - Level Up: Quality, Security, and Safety

    50 Mins
    Talk
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    Increasingly our software systems have to be right the first time. The costs of software failures can devastate companies and hinder governments. Security breaches can have societal impacts that can last years. Software is hard to design and implement. Let alone design and implement well. What can we do to be better at designing and delivering better, safer, and more secure software and systems? Does language choice, such as Java vs. C++ vs. C vs. Erlang matter in terms of producing better software? When does security become a quality concern? Will AI lead to better or worse software and systems? In this session, we will discuss lessons learned from, among other things, almost a decade of working on NASA software projects that had to work correctly or people could die. And how these lessons continue to impact the speaker's mindset and outlook daily.

  • Liked Tommy Hall
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    Tommy Hall - Data Pipelines À La Mode

    Tommy Hall
    Tommy Hall
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    schedule 8 months ago
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    50 Mins
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    In all businesses, there is some kind of data pipeline, even if it’s powered by humans working off a shared drive somewhere. Lots of places are better than this - they have workflow systems, ETL pipelines, analytics teams, data scientists, etc - but can they say months later which version of which code is running on what data generated insights? Can they be reproduced? What if the algorithms change, do you go back and re-run everything?
    Science itself has a reproducibility problem, but it’s worse in most companies, and mistakes can be expensive.

    There is a useful subset of data pipelines, let's call them “pure”, that only depend on the data flowing through them. For pure pipelines, we can use techniques from distributed build systems to allow us to know what code was used for each step, not lose any previous results as we improve our algorithms and avoid repeating work that has been done already.

    This talk contains interesting theory but is resolutely practical and with concrete examples in several languages and distributed computation frameworks.

  • Liked Simon Brown
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    Simon Brown - The lost art of software design

    50 Mins
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    "Big design up front is dumb. Doing no design up front is even dumber." This quote epitomises what I've seen during our journey from "big design up front" in the 20th century, to "emergent design" and "evolutionary architecture" in the 21st. In their desire to become "agile", many teams seem to have abandoned architectural thinking, up front design, documentation, diagramming, and modelling. In many cases this is a knee-jerk reaction to the heavy bloated processes of times past, and in others it's a misinterpretation and misapplication of the agile manifesto. As a result, many of the software design activities I witness these days are very high-level and superficial in nature. The resulting output, typically an ad hoc sketch on a whiteboard, is usually ambiguous and open to interpretation, leading to a situation where the underlying solution can't be assessed or reviewed. If you're willing to consider that up front design is about creating a sufficient starting point, rather than creating a perfect end-state, you soon realise that a large amount of the costly rework and "refactoring" seen on many software development teams can be avoided. Join me for a discussion of the lost art of software design, and how we can reintroduce it.

  • Liked Allen Wirfs-Brock
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    Allen Wirfs-Brock - JavaScript: Skeletons in the Closet

    50 Mins
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    May 2020 will be the twenty-fifth anniversary of JavaScript. Love it or hate it, as a developer you can't avoid JavaScript. How did a ten day hack, created to be a sidekick for Java become the world’s most widely used programming language? What went wrong and what went right? Who should we blame or thank? Allen Wirfs-Brock has spent the last two years digging into the dark corners of JavaScript's history. He knows where the skeletons are hidden, who buried the treasures, and why. This talk will shine the light on how it all came to pass.

  • Liked Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
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    Rebecca Wirfs-Brock - Growing Your Personal Design Heuristics

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    The ouroboros is a mythical serpent shaped into a circle, clinging to and devouring its tail in an endless cycle of self-destruction, self-creation, and self-renewal. Becoming a good designer of software sometimes feels like that. Cultivating and refining personal design heuristics is one way we become better software designers.

    Whether we are aware of it or not, we each use heuristics that we have acquired through reading, practice, and experience. Heuristics aid in design, guide our use of other heuristics, and even determine our attitude and behavior. You can grow as a designer by becoming more conscious of your heuristics. What are your “go to” heuristics? How well have they worked? Do your successes or failures lead you look to discover new heuristics? While you may read others’ design advice—be it patterns, blog posts, books or stack overflow replies, the heuristics you personally discover on your own design journey are likely to be the most important.

  • Liked James Shore
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    James Shore - Evolutionary Design Animated

    James Shore
    James Shore
    Consultant
    Titanium I.T. LLC
    schedule 10 months ago
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    50 Mins
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    Modern software development welcomes changing requirements, even late in the process, but how can we write our software so that those changes don’t create a mess? Evolutionary design is the key. It’s a technique that emerges from Extreme Programming, the method that brought us test-driven development, merciless refactoring, and continuous integration. James Shore first encountered Extreme Programming and evolutionary design nearly 20 years ago. Initially skeptical, he’s explored its boundaries ever since. In this session, James will share what he’s learned through in-depth animations of real software projects. You’ll see how designs evolve over time and you’ll learn how and when to use evolutionary design for your own projects.

  • Liked Jason Yip
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    Jason Yip - 3 insights from 4 years at Spotify

    Jason Yip
    Jason Yip
    Sr. Agile Coach
    Spotify
    schedule 10 months ago
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    50 Mins
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    Thinking back over my 4 years at Spotify, I see 3 main insights: 1. Aligned autonomy is an ongoing struggle; 2. Building teams in the context of high growth require different assumptions; 3. Consulting companies are generally better at forming high-performing teams fast.

  • Liked Chris Read
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    Chris Read - Under Pressure: Expanding from Bare Metal Infrastructure to the Cloud

    Chris Read
    Chris Read
    Owner
    Chris Read & Associates
    schedule 10 months ago
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    50 Mins
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    Many organizations these days need to manage a mix of the following infrastructure types:

    • Bare Metal
    • Public Cloud
    • Private Cloud

    While each type has its own challenges, many organizations now need to expand from managing bare metal to managing two or three types in parallel.

    We have a look at some common challenges teams face adapting to these changes, and look for patterns and principles to help ease the expansion.

  • Liked Matthew Keesan
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    Matthew Keesan - Quantum Computing and You

    Matthew Keesan
    Matthew Keesan
    VP Software Engineering
    IonQ
    schedule 10 months ago
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    50 Mins
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    Richard Feynman proposed harnessing quantum systems for computational power in a thought experiment almost forty years ago. In October, a quantum computer achieved in minutes what the world's most powerful classical supercomputer would take days to compute. Soon, quantum computers will be able to perform calculations that will never* be solvable classically.

    Yet in spite of their power, programming these devices has remained largely the province of theoretical physicists. Have you ever wondered how quantum computers work, or what's up with quantum mechanics, anyway? This talk will provide an introduction to quantum computing and quantum information science, the state of the field today, where it's headed, how it will affect us all, and how you can get involved. We'll write a simple quantum program together and turn on lasers thousands of miles away to make atoms do math.

    *All bets are off if P=NP.

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