Software Executive Summit

We are still lining up talks for the 2017 Summit. You can check out last year's invited talks below.

Lessons Learned in Agile Transformation, Steve McConnell

As Agile development continues to cross the chasm, Web companies, SaaS companies, and mobile-centric categories have fully transitioned to Agile—and have done it easily. Meanwhile, companies in traditional industries are struggling with their Agile transformations—including companies in healthcare, hardware, manufacturing, energy, aerospace, scientific instruments and many other industries. In this presentation, award-winning author Steve McConnell describes lessons his company has learned first-hand helping companies transform their organizations to become more Agile in ways that are right for them.

Jeff Sutherland

Disruptive Leadership: Delivering Twice the Work in Half the Time, Jeff Sutherland

The inventor and co-creator of Scrum will describe its origins in military strategy, medical research on complex systems, and its application in product development and other domains such as education and defense. As the CEO of Scrum Inc and the Senior Advisor and Agile Coach to Open View Venture Partners, Jeff is able to describe the high level organizational benefits and what it takes to create hyperproductive teams.

Dave Story

Supporting Hypergrowth at Tableau Through a Focus on Quality, Dave Story

Data visualization company Tableau Software is the sixth fastest growing business software company in history, faster to its revenue levels than Microsoft and Adobe. Surprisingly, the cornerstone of Tableau's hypergrowth strategy is a focus on Quality. In this presentation, Tableau VP Dave Story describes a few paradoxes that lead to ineffective team behavior, and his QSF framework (Quality, Schedule, Features). He outlines Tableau's engineering journey toward reducing defects, shortening cycle time, and onboarding large numbers of new staff all at the same time. Dave shares the secrets that Tableau uses to create a magical place to work, full of shared purpose, a great product set, and collaborative, supportive colleagues—resulting in exceptionally happy customers.

Mary Poppendieck

Software Engineering in the Cloud, Mary Poppendieck

You get it. Infrastructure has become a commodity. Either you buy into the public cloud, or you become your own utility company and provide a private cloud. Either way, your software engineers procure and decommission infrastructure through API’s – if not now, then in the near future. If you think this will have little impact on the job of software engineers, think again. Software engineering is different in the cloud. Architecture is different. Roles change. Databases want to be distributed. Synchronous communication and stateful languages can be awkward. This talk is about the major challenges software engineers face as they move to the cloud – and the ways that many organizations have met these challenges.

Gifford Pinchot

Intrapreneuring, Gifford Pinchot III

Intrapreneurship is the practice of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship. In this talk, leadership thinker Gifford Pinchot describes how innovation actually happens, the nature of the intrapreneur , the intrapreneurial team, the role of the sponsor, techniques for selling your idea, and how to make all this work in your own organization.

Jeff Atwood

Lessons Learned from Stack Overflow and Discourse: How to Stop Sucking and be Awesome Instead, Jeff Atwood

Attend this session to unlock the secrets of Jeff Atwood, world famous blogger and industry leading co-founder of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange. Learn how you too can determine clear goals for your future and turn your dreams into reality through positive-minded conceptualization techniques (which may or may not include working hard on things that matter for the rest of your life). Within six to eight weeks, you'll realize the positive effects of Jeff Atwood's wildly popular Coding Horror blog in your own life, transporting you to an exciting new world of wealth, happiness and political power.

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