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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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OPEN TALK: Case Study: Adapting A Monolithic Application to Support Hyper Growth
Alexander Danilenko
Alexander Danilenko
Toptal, Chief Software Architect

This talk will focus on the architecture implications of a fast growing fully-remote organization and the use of a monolithic (versus micro services) application to facilitate scalability, onboarding, and manageability. This is a real-world case study.

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VIP Networking: "A Fireside Chat: Engineering Innovation & Tech Trends"
Mifan Careem
Mifan Careem
WSO2, Vice President, Solution Architecture
Phillip Carter
Phillip Carter
Honeycomb, Senior Product Manager
Nick Terkay
Nick Terkay
Cobalt, Director of Engineering, Customer Experience
Andrey Safonov
Andrey Safonov
PDFTron, Head of Product
Rod Cope
Rod Cope
Perforce, CTO

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Getting Back to Sleep as Soon as Possible for the on-Call Developer
Shai Almog
Shai Almog
Lightrun, Developer Advocate

It’s the middle of the night, and there’s much ado about nothing. Well, not quite about nothing - there’s definitely something happening: one of the services your team owns is crashing. And by crashing, I mean sometimes crashing. It’s not really that bad, but it’s bad enough for the floodgates to open and for the DevOps folks to lose their marbles and ping you relentlessly on Slack. Ping. Ping. Ping.

This talk is all about that feeling, and what we can do to make the whole situation suck less when it inevitably comes up again. We will walk through a close-to-real life incident from the perspective of the on-call developer, and discuss practical and technical steps developers can take to increase observability while on-call (even when a serious, hard to debug issue arises).

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The Last Mile: Delivering the Last 10% Of a 4-Year Migration
Jordan Moldow
Jordan Moldow
Box, Staff Software Engineer, Database Tools and Automations Team

In complex projects, the last 10% of the project is often the most difficult part. In this talk, I will share a case study of Box's 4-year effort to get rid of our legacy mapping DB and move the last piece of our legacy monolith MySQL traffic to our data access layer. This talk will cover how to manage technical risk and optimize team execution in a technically complex and operationally distributed environment. This talk will share reflections on useful tactics that led to the successful completion of this 4 year migration project for others to learn from and leverage.As a relatively new Staff engineer, I learned and experimented with building and maintaining a long time-horizon project plan, identifying unknown unknowns, and continually finding ways to de-risk the project at every stage of development. As the project progressed, I found that successful execution depended not only on these technical strategies, but even moreso on how the team operated. In the spirit of Agile and mitigating the isolation of the pandemic, we experimented with almost every aspect of how we worked: how/when we worked together, how our sprints ran, how we evolved designs, and even the minutia of how we retrospected. In this session, we will have a candid discussion on the technical and organizational strategies that I believe were important to our success, or that were promising enough to warrant more experimentation in the future. Participants will leave with a few ideas that they should be able to try out within their own teams. Additionally, there are some deeper ideas about team leadership and effectiveness that I hope participants will be able to reflect on going forwards.

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Expedited Delivery: Rethink / Reimagine Your Business Value Flow
Gautham Pallapa
Gautham Pallapa
VMware, Executive Advisor

As enterprises quickly adapt to a contactless, digital-first world, there is a crucial need to deliver customer-centric features in short iterations. This requires rethinking how teams innovate, develop, and deploy solutions and reimagining the flow of value within the organization.  In this session, I share two phenomenal case studies that showcase how teams disrupted organizational culture and existing processes in a non-traditional way to achieve their business outcomes. Through these stories, I highlight how important it is to rethink and reimagine how we approach problems, develop solutions, and have fun while we are achieving our business outcomes.

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Making Code Review a More Inclusive & Productive Collaboration
Shifalika Kanwar
Shifalika Kanwar
Bloomberg LP, Engineering, Global Co-chair Distributed Systems Guild

Code Review is a great collaboration tool and it is a socio-technical engineering practice that every software developer already uses (or should). While many view code review as a low-value formality in the code writing process, its promise is so much more -- from writing more robust code and learning from one another, to developing a deeper understanding of the systems we work on and even helping to build a sense of collective ownership among fellow engineers. I will talk about why we need to focus more on its social aspects, best practices, and concrete ways to promote more inclusive code reviews. Even if we each learn one way to participate in code review better, this would have a huge positive impact in the everyday lives of software developers around the globe.