Software Leadership Summit

See how industry leaders do software leadership

Compare what’s working with other software leaders, and glimpse the future at Construx’s Software Leadership Summit.

Hosted by Code Complete author, Steve McConnell, the Summit provides a unique forum for Top Software Leaders to update your understanding of what software development approaches are working, who’s doing them well, what’s on the horizon—and take away countless insights that will benefit your software organization.

Register now at our early bird rate—$4495 Now $3995!

"I am returning home with so much information to reflect upon. I will be driving an improvement plan for my department. The entire experience was valuable for me to identify the spectrum of practices, techniques and tools that work for various organizations"

- Heather Brown, VP, Technology Management, Heartflow


This Year's Keynotes

The 2018 Summit keynotes will include:

Steve McConnellSucceeding with Software in a Complex, Chaotic World
Joakim Sundén – Evolution of Lean/Agile Scaling at Spotify
Dave Copeland – Growing and Managing Distributed Teams
Olwen M. Morgan – Rockets to Mars, Past, Present and Future
Jez Humble – Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

Leadershipc Discussions

Facilitated leadership discussions are a unique aspect of Construx’s Software Leadership Summit. Participants are assigned to small groups with other leaders who have similar leadership profiles. Expert facilitators guide discussions that focus on nuts-and-bolts issues of leading software teams at the organizational level. Summit participants have the opportunity to learn from true executive peers, some of whom are facing leadership challenges similar to yours, and some of whom have already overcome them. This unique opportunity is unmatched by any other event.

Discussion topics focus on a mix of current challenges and advance views of emerging issues. Past Summits have provided attendees with their first in-depth discussions on topics including Technical Debt, Cloud Development, Software Security, Multi-Site Global Development, and other subjects that are now commonplace.

"The keynote speakers were what got me to sign up, but the small-group discussions were way more valuable. I was able to validate what I’m doing right, identify where my organization is weak, and in some cases get ideas for improvement. The outside perspective and ability to compare notes with others was outstanding."

- Mike Ashley, VP Software Platforms, Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Unparalleled Networking with Executive Peers

Summit participants are top technical executives from companies including Apple,, Boeing, Costco, Disney, EMC, Facebook, GE, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Pixar, Shell, Starbucks, and many other top technology-intensive companies. Reserve your spot today!

For the past five years, 98.5% of attendees said they would attend again within two years, and 100% said they would recommend the event to others. more >

Benefits of Attending

You will share and compare experiences with your software executive peers. You will discuss challenges in-depth via peer-to-peer discussions. You can explore issues with industry thought leaders and other Summit attendees. And you will have the additional opportunity to participate in dial-in meetings for two years following the Summit. Register Now!

Who Should Attend

At past Summits, 95% of participants have held titles of VP, Director, CTO, or higher. All participants should have multi-project responsibility for software development at the organization or enterprise level. In most organizations, executives at this level will have staffs of 50-100 or more. (In smaller organizations the total staff can be slightly smaller.) Attendees will be assigned to discussion groups based on profiles submitted prior to the Summit. Construx reserves the right to limit participation to attendees who meet this description.


The Summit will be held in downtown Seattle, October 24-26, 2018. Participation fee, with current early bird pricing, is $3995 (a $500 savings). Spots are limited. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot today!