Track: Engineer Your Culture


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We often talk about engineering 'culture' but how clear is our true understanding? There are many aspects to consider: How does one define their team's desired culture? What role do different influences place on forming culture? What separates a 'good' culture from an average one? How do you affect meaningful cultural change? At what team sizes does culture naturally shift? And how strongly should you weigh the ‘cultural fit’ in your hiring process?

This track is designed to help you better understand this sometimes nebulous term in practical ways by hearing stories from other teams and engineering leaders.

We focus on talks by CTOs and senior managers who have struggled with and learned how to shape the engineering culture in their own organizations. You'll discover what a powerful tool the ability to create your culture can be, and you'll learn to apply your own levers in engineering your culture to attract talent to your team, provide an environment for true developer happiness and enhance your team's daily interactions.

10:40am - 11:30am

by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Software Engineer, MongoDB

Good engineers write good code, but the best engineers raise the skills of their junior colleagues, too. If you're a senior Python engineer, you must learn to mentor new hires. Especially if you’re committed to diversity: mentorship is critical to the careers of women and minorities in tech. I have failed at mentoring, then succeeded. Learn from me and march to mentorship triumph. 


11:55am - 12:45pm

by Erran Berger
Senior Director of Engineering at LinkedIn

Your rockstar engineers are going to leave your company some day. It even happens to companies like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google.

That said, there are things that you can do to hold on to them as long as possible and to maximize the impact they have while they’re there. And, as it turns out, much less of this is about gourmet food and awesome workout classes than you think and much more of it is about the employee-manager relationship.

In this talk, I’ll share the insights...

1:45pm - 2:35pm

by Brad Greenlee
Data Engineering at Etsy

You’re open to the idea of hiring remote employees, but you’re not sure how they’ll fit in or change the team dynamic. At Etsy, we have fostered a fantastic remote culture, but it took effort, and we still have work to do. I will share our successes and failures and what we have learned so that you too can have happy, productive remotes on your team.

3:00pm - 3:50pm

by Aaron Quint
Chief Scientist at Paperless Post

In 5 years Paperless Post went from 5 to over 100 people and from a dev team of 2 to 40. I was there for the entire ride as the CTO and not only helped shape the technology but also the culture and structure of the team. We constantly were changing and developing new strategies to achieve our goals. We called this "Continuous Process Delivery", in which we were never satisfied by not only the end product, but the way we were getting there.

Through my time as CTO of Paperless I've seen...

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Open Space

Join Pete Soderling, our speakers, and other attendees for Culture Open Space. Stay for questions and share war stories!

What is Open Space?

Open Space is a kind of unconference, a simple way to run productive meetings for 5 to 2000 or more people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization in everyday practice and extraordinary change.



4:20pm - 4:25pm

by Pete Soderling & Hakka Labs Founder

Mini talk intro
4:25pm - 4:30pm

by Daniel Doubrovkine
Head of Engineering,

Becoming Open Source by Default
4:30pm - 4:35pm

by Ryan McKillen
‎Head of NYC Software Engineering at Uber

Product Engineering @ Uber
4:35pm - 4:40pm

by Aaron Glazer
Co-Founder and CEO, Taplytics

Creating A Culture of Experimentation
4:40pm - 4:45pm

by Paul Moreno
Security Team Lead at Pinterest

Adapting security into engineering culture!
4:45pm - 4:50pm

by Jeremiah Ivan
VP of Engineering at Rent the Runway

The Human Development Roadmap
Host: Pete Soderling & Hakka Labs Founder


Wednesday Jun 10

Thursday Jun 11

Friday Jun 12