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Soft Skills: These session will help attendees become better people which will help them be better software development professionals.
Rina Artstain Artstain
Silly baboons, stubborn elephants
Rina Artstain Artstain

Have you ever found yourself stuck waiting 6 months for API to support a feature which needs to be ready in two weeks? Maybe spent weeks trying to figure out how to make a feature work while dealing with multiple versions of legacy code? As product engineers working with platform groups, conflicts

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 8:30 AM
Room: Liskov
Topics: Soft Skills
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Ramón Huidobro
New dev, old codebase: A series of mentorship stories
Ramón Huidobro

Mentorship in software development carries a lot of responsibility, but plays an integral part in making tech communities as well as individuals thrive. In this talk, we'll go over some of my mentorship experiences, adopting techniques and learning to teach, so we can teach to learn. Anyone can be

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 8:30 AM
Room: Hannah
Topics: Soft Skills
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Olamide Makinde
Soft skills For Developers
Olamide Makinde

The session aims to elucidate on crucial soft skills necessary for developers to grow not only in tech but as a person generally.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 9:45 AM
Room: Hopper
Topics: Soft Skills
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Maire Chew
Junior, no more
Maire Chew

How to position yourself out of being the newbie. You did it! You landed your first tech job. They said this would be the hardest part but now that you’re in the role and are starting to feel comfortable, how do you keep going? This talk will cover tips and tricks on how to position yourself for t

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 1:30 PM
Room: Dean
Topics: Soft Skills
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Dean Schuster
What the Soviet Space Program Taught Me About Digital Product Development
Dean Schuster

The space race between the USA and USSR was one of the great dramatic stories of the 20th century. Our very industry was born as Washington and Moscow relentlessly competed to master the stars. For space nuts like me, this fascinating time is utterly compelling. It’s also highly instructive for dig

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 1:30 PM
Room: Kurtz
Topics: Soft Skills
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Brian McKeiver
Under Pressure: Decision Making as a Tech Lead
Brian McKeiver

Making decisions as a developer is tough. There are always multiple ways to write code, design a database table, architect a feature, and/or jam square pegs into round holes. This toughness gets amplified as a tech lead. Its no longer about just the code. Now, you get to think about architecting the

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 2:45 PM
Room: Hopper
Topics: Soft Skills
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Melissa Jurkoic
Why a Diverse Team is Crucial to Startup Success
Melissa Jurkoic

Team diversity refers to differences between members of startup team. Those differences can include demographic differences (like age, race, sex, ethnicity), personality (extrovert, introvert, and differing Myers-Briggs types) and functional (as in skill sets, like engineering, design, copywriting,

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 2:45 PM
Room: Hamilton
Topics: Soft Skills
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Jeff Blankenburg
Fear
Jeff Blankenburg

We make thousands of decisions every single day. Some take thought, and some are just instinctual. How many of those decisions are based on fear? Fear of the unknown, fear of embarrassment, or maybe just fear of spiders? We will look at ways fear shapes our everyday lives, and how we can control it

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 4:00 PM
Room: Main Stage
Topics: Soft Skills
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Bart Lannoeye
Grow into your role of Software Architect
Bart Lannoeye

Learning the required skillset to become a great software architect can be a challenging process. Join Bart on the journey from fresh out of school to established software architect. We'll touch the multiple types of architects and common career paths. But the focus of the talk is on real life exper

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 AM
Room: Dean
Topics: Soft Skills
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Tina Judkins
Softly Speaking
Tina Judkins

The value of having soft skills when in the workforce. How to deal with different people and situations. Talk about the importance of reading body language, nonverbal communication, presentation skills, and other topics to help improve soft skills. soft skills are important at every level of an org

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 AM
Room: Kurtz
Topics: Soft Skills
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Faye Thompson

Amitai Schleier
Two Midwesterners Politely Invite You To Explore Coding
Faye Thompson; Amitai Schleier

Wonder what it's like to do what programmers do? Maybe people have tried to explain it, but didn't put it in terms that computed for you. Or maybe you would like to become more technical, but the mere thought of trying to code has felt intimidating. Today is a new day! Faye's a non-programmer from

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 AM
Room: Hamilton
Topics: Soft Skills
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Joel Silverstone
'What AI can't do. HI (human intelligence) Can"
Joel Silverstone

Teams, clients, colleagues, and you are sorting through the emotional impact of COVID-19. HI human intelligence skills are going to be vital to collaboration and connection. Do what AI can't do and master your ability to adapt and pivot. It’s your HI, build your emotional awareness, ability to lis

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 AM
Room: Feinler
Topics: Soft Skills
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Dr. Joe Perez
Cultivating a Climate for Paradigm Shift: Facilitating Innovation in a Post-COVID19 World
Dr. Joe Perez

Renaissance philosopher and writer Machiavelli has been quoted as saying, “I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.” The importance of respecting personal space and practicing impeccable hygiene aren’t the only lessons learned from COVID-19. If anything, we’ve seen th

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 9:45 AM
Room: Conway
Topics: Soft Skills
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Aaron Ladage
Engineering Change: How to Revolutionize Your Projects from the Inside Out
Aaron Ladage

We've all had those projects: the technical debt is rampant, the stakeholders won't listen to reason, and you (the engineer) know there's a better way. But what if you're exactly the right person to make things better? In this session we'll discuss how to implement engineering-driven change into you

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Room: Lovelace
Topics: Soft Skills
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Eldert Grootenboer

Olena Borzenko
Impactful mentorship - 2 sides of a story
Eldert Grootenboer; Olena Borzenko

When starting to engage with the community, it can be hard to find your own way. There is a lot of information around conferences, giving presentations, setting up blogs, and much more. However, initially we might not know where to start, and where to find the right places to convey our story. This

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 1:30 PM
Room: Shaws
Topics: Soft Skills
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M. Scott Ford
Communication is Just as Important as Code
M. Scott Ford

The idea of a lone developer coding in their basement without social interaction is a thing of the past. These days, technical solutions are often developed by cross-functional teams whose participants have a range of technical experience. Now, more than ever, good communication skills are an essent

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 1:30 PM
Room: Conway
Topics: Soft Skills
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Nick Bailey
Management as Therapy: What Psychologists Can Teach Engineering Managers
Nick Bailey

The hardest part of Engineering Management is managing personalities - difficult emotions, distorted thinking and interpersonal conflict. It turns out there's a field entirely dedicated to helping people with these problems - Psychotherapy. In this talk, we'll explore insights from Cognitive Behavi

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 2:45 PM
Room: Lovelace
Topics: Soft Skills
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Ryan Latta
Tune Up Your Stand Up
Ryan Latta

Late attendance, status updates, lifeless answers, and zoning out are all too common in our Stand-Ups and Daily Scrum meetings. It doesn’t have to be that way. This small meeting is the heartbeat of a team within a sprint. They take a brief moment to hear about the effort and challenges of their co

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021 2:45 PM
Room: Dean
Topics: Soft Skills
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