YOW! CTO Summit 2017 Sydney

Wed, Dec 6
08:00

    Registration for YOW! CTO Summit Sydney 2017 - 45 mins

08:45

    Session Overviews & Introductions - 15 mins

09:00
09:35
10:10
10:40

    Morning Break - 30 mins

11:10
11:45
12:20
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    Derek Wood

    Derek Wood / Phil Preston / Susan J. Wolfe - Build the Right Thing to Make a Dollar by Making a Social Difference

    schedule  12:20 - 12:50 PM place The Loft

    This talk will explain how "building the right thing right" & implementing a "shared value" competitive strategy can have a massive impact for social good as well as internal engineering, design & delivery culture.

    Its shared wisdom now that by utilising design thinking techniques to build the right thing we can get closer to and empathise more with the community and answer the question of "should we build it"? Its also now well known that by teams baking in all the goodness of a well informed agile process & culture (cross functional teams, visualisation, TDD, CI, CD, devops etc) delivering the next most worthwhile opportunity happens effectively.

    However rather than just trying to find the next widget to make a dollar off, social entrepreneurs and for purpose organisations are zeroing in on environmental & social challenges to crack which not only give them the edge over solutions with less soul, they can deliver meaningful sustained impact at scale and bake in social good as part of BAU.

12:50

    Lunch - 60 mins

01:50
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    Alex Solomon

    Alex Solomon - Incident Post-Mortem Best Practices

    schedule  01:50 - 02:20 PM place The Loft

    One of the most important tenets of DevOps is the concept of continuous learning: always looking for ways to improve your processes, tools and overall operational effectiveness. This becomes even more important after you’ve had a major incident / outage. Your team can use the incident as a learning opportunity by conducting an effective post-mortem.

    This session describes how to create an effective learning feedback loop as part of your incident management process, by conducting a blameless post-mortem. We use a real-life incident post-mortem from PagerDuty’s history as an example. We’ll cover what goes into a post-mortem investigation, what goes into the actual post-mortem report, and touch on the importance of blamelessness as part of your PM process.

02:25
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    Roisin Parkes

    Roisin Parkes - What Working with Diverse Teams Really Means

    schedule  02:25 - 02:55 PM place The Loft

    What does diversity really mean when we talk about teams? Team members from different countries or cultural backgrounds? Team members with different levels of experience and different technical skills? Cross-functional teams? Teams in different locations? Diversity of thought?

    In reality its all of those things and each of them has its own challenges. In this talk we look at how we can create high-performing diverse teams through purposeful communication and actions.

    There are advantages and disadvantages of diverse teams, the most obvious advantage is that diversity can lead to better solutions through differences of opinion. But how do you manage this conflict in the team? How do you turn conflict into creativity and innovation?

    What if they're all being too nice to each other and there is no conflict?! We will look at how you can build teams that trust each other and are not afraid to fail.

03:00
03:30

    Afternoon Break - 25 mins

03:55
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    Mark Aufflick

    Mark Aufflick - The Future of Tech is Sustainable, Diverse & Makes a Difference

    schedule  03:55 - 04:25 PM place The Loft

    To survive and grow, technology companies need to align themselves with, and invest in, sustainability, diversity, inclusion and social impact. Drawing on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, research by Ernst & Young, The Boston Consulting Group, and others, I will make the case that companies not aligned with these goals will lack the resilience and strength to face the challenges that lie ahead—from competitors, from the environment, and from the workforce. Finally, we will look at some positive examples and talk about what the next steps for your company, startup, or other organisation/conference/meetup might be. Tech companies are well placed to make this transition. As an industry, as well as software and hardware we have experience with disruptive innovation and have learnt how to apply lean and agile methodologies to new industries. People from Clayton Christensen to Bill Gates believe these are keys to resilience and impact in all sectors.

04:30
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    Luke Stubbles

    Luke Stubbles / Brett Porter - Beyond Ping-Pong and Catered Lunches

    schedule  04:30 - 05:00 PM place The Loft

    At SafetyCulture, our culture is foundational to everything we do.

    Our engineering team has doubled to 60 in the space of 6 months and continues to grow. Not having a good handle on our culture we’re trying to build or preserve would be like driving a formula one car blindfolded and without a steering wheel. We'd crash and burn.

    This talk moves beyond ping-pong tables and catered lunches to get to the core of what makes up a healthy engineering culture, where everyone gets out of bed each day to be a part of something they find meaningful, and accomplish big things as part of a team.

    In the talk, we’ll cover what ingredients are essential to a healthy culture, and what that means to the team. Culture doesn’t stand still, so we’ll also cover how to maintain what’s important as the team grows or changes, and how to keep it fresh over the course of time.

05:05
05:35

    Conference Drinks & Networking - 85 mins