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Soft Skills: These session will help attendees become better people which will help them be better software development professionals.
Scott Drake
Promoted: How to Prepare for Your Next Leadership Career Step
Scott Drake

If you want to become a better leader, it’s hard to know where to start or what to study next because there are dozens of topics. And for most of us, our employers offer little help in crafting a development plan, so we make one up ourselves. This session will help you craft that learning plan.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:15 AM
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Matthew Jones
From the Ground Up: Lessons from a Rewrite in ASP.NET
Matthew Jones

Should you rewrite that app? Maybe! My team at U-Haul recently completed a year-long rewrite of a major project, and we learned quite a few interesting things. Come along with me as we explore the successes and failures of my team's massive rewrite.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:30 AM
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Topics: Application Development; Project Management; Requirements; Soft Skills;
Tags: ; Architecture Practices; Database/SQL; Development Practices; DevOps; Project Management; Requirements; Soft Skills; Software Process

Nick Lawson
The Pragmatic, Passionate, Practiced, Software Craftsman: How To Be A Better Developer
Nick Lawson

New Engineers don’t know where they are going, experienced engineers get jaded, tired, lost in the grind of everyday. What makes a good developer, how do we make ourselves better, our team better, what are some things that every one of us can do, with practical examples from a dev in the trenches.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:30 AM
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Derik Whittaker
Mastering Code Reviews: How to survive the onslaught of feedback
Derik Whittaker

Does your team do code reviews? If not why? Are you afraid or worried about something? If they do, awesome. Do you want to learn how to imporove the process? This session we will dive into the art of the Code Review. We will learn how to avoid pitfalls and how to reap the rewards of this awesom

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:00 PM
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Topics: Application Development; Soft Skills
Tags: ; JavaScript

Sunny Gulati
Making Maintenance Markedly More Manageable
Sunny Gulati

Dealing with multiple clients, multiple tasks, production problems, while maintaining sanity and even enjoying life.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 3:15 PM
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Topics: Project Management; Soft Skills;
Tags: ; Development Practices; Project Management; Soft Skills

Cassandra Faris
(Not So) Accidental Personal Branding
Cassandra Faris

This talk discusses how your online presence can evolve into a personal brand by deliberately managing what you share & who you connect with. It give examples of people who've used personal branding for career growth and discusses how anyone can apply these practices to their online presence.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 3:15 PM
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Patrick Badley
DiSCovering your team
Patrick Badley

Every team is made up of different personalities. Often times these differences make collaboration difficult, but they don't have to. Knowing your personality type and the personalities of your team and adjusting your behavior based on your audience can go a long way to make your team more cohesive.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018 4:30 PM
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Topics: Project Management; Soft Skills
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Josh Greenwood
A Better Technical Interview
Josh Greenwood

**Let's make a valuable interview** by setting better expectations and creating better evaluation techniques. **Let's make an honest interview** by asking instead of assuming, and treating candidates like they'll be treated on the team. **Let's make a collective interview** by encouraging dial

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 8:00 AM
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Sneha Fotedar
From Loose Groups to Effective Teams
Sneha Fotedar

The session focuses upon the important interpersonal skills required to build a successful team.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 8:00 AM
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Cassandra Faris
Get Out of Your Lane
Cassandra Faris

For continual career growth, we must leave our narrowly defined technical lane and venture into the business and communication worlds. This talk helps you learn about these worlds at work and in the tech community. This knowledge will supplement your tech skills and drive your career forward.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 9:15 AM
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Sue Freas
Leadership 101: Essentials for First Time Managers
Sue Freas

I will cover the things I've learned as a manager, specifically around building trust & setting goals & giving feedback, writing reviews, sharing knowledge within the team, and effective team meetings.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 10:30 AM
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Topics: Soft Skills;
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Ryan Ripley
Faye Thompson
Collaborative Curiosity
Ryan Ripley; Faye Thompson

Bring your questions, as you are the product owner to this conversation about celebrating curiosity, becoming more agile and fostering an environment that allows your team to succeed. We will address the questions of the room and facilitate a whole-conference conversation.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 12:30 PM
Room: Grand Belle Hall
Topics: Application Development; Infrastructure; Project Management; Requirements; Soft Skills; Software Testing; User Experience;
Tags: ; Accessibility; Agile; Architecture Practices; Big Data; Clojure; Cloud; Continuous Deployment; Cross-Platform; Database/SQL; Design (UI/UX/CSS); Development Practices; DevOps; Functional Programming; Hardware; iOS/OSX; IoT; Java; JavaScript; Mobile; PHP; Project Management; Python; Requirements; Ruby/Rails; Scala; Security; Soft Skills; Software Process; Testing; Web; Web Services; Windows 8/10; Other Languages; Other

Scott Drake
Future Proof: Mastering the Timeless Skills You Need for the Tech Jobs of Today and Tomorrow
Scott Drake

It’s normal to feel like you’ll be left behind if you aren’t constantly chasing new technologies, but the reality is most hiring decisions have less to do with tech and more to do with a handful of core skills that great technologists possess. This session will introduce you to those skills.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 2:00 PM
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Jared Faris
Uh, So I'm A Manager... Now What?
Jared Faris

This talk is sort of "Intro to managing/leading". It's aimed at strong individual contributors who now have leadership responsibilities, but don't know how to be successful.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 3:15 PM
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Sarala Pandey
Maturing the Enterprise Quality Practice
Sarala Pandey

Quality can be easy to handle for a single team or product, but when an organization attempts to establish consistent quality across segments, failure is often the result. In this presentation, the audience will learn approaches from the team-level & management-level to mature the quality practice.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 3:15 PM
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Topics: Soft Skills; Software Testing;
Tags: ; Soft Skills; Software Process; Testing

Dave Sadlon
Becoming a full-stack QA Engineer - Evolving in an ever-changing Market
Dave Sadlon

With the emergence of Agile and DevOps in many IT shops and companies, it's vital we as QA engineers adapt to the market demand and change. This talk will focus on what it means to be a Full-Stack QA Engineer and how does one go about becoming the "Swiss Army Knife" of QA.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 4:30 PM
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Topics: Soft Skills; Software Testing;
Tags: ; Soft Skills; Software Process; Testing

Jacob Knight
Don't be an A-hole
Jacob Knight

Communicating within your team and organization in a way that works for everyone.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 4:30 PM
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Dave Mattingly
Improv Comedy for Projects
Dave Mattingly

The rules of improv comedy can apply to many social interactions, including collaborating on projects and managing a team. The constantly changing situations of improv are great practice for accepting unexpected circumstances, and happily going with the flow.

Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2018 4:30 PM
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Topics: Project Management; Soft Skills;
Tags: ; Project Management; Soft Skills; Other

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