Empowered Teams

Location: Majestic Complex, 6th fl

Day of week: Thursday

Empowered teams deliver better products more quickly, require less management, and have more fun.     

This track will showcase innovative ways our industry’s best teams have created amazing outcomes by empowering themselves to become better engineers and better human beings.   

But there is no single way to build an empowered team; instead they are stitched together as a patchwork of emerging organizational science practices and modern team-building tactics. Come learn how they came to be and how you too might learn from their successes.

Track Host:
Harry Brumleve
Architect: Solution/Systems (integration focused)

Currently director of engineering at HomeAdvisor, Harry Brumleve brings over 20 years of software engineering experience from around the globe. He's helped build solutions of all types: from the frivolous and fanciful to the life-saving and mission critical. His recent work focuses on helping people create rewarding cultures and deliver products that that delight their customers.

10:35am - 11:25am

by Casey Watts
Lead Software Engineer @Heroku

A useful-psychology double-whammy: (A) Developers are great systems thinkers. Surprise: your brain is a system too! Reframe frustration into accomplishment, and become a more effective and bubbly person using a frontal cortex feedback loop. (B) Want your team to be the happiest, most productive team around? Recent psychology research reveals one key attribute of the most successful teams, and it's within your influence.

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Georgiy Mogelashvili
Senior Developer & Team Lead @bookingcom

When faced a tremendous growth, company may have a problem - how to motivate all their employees and set them for success? One of the possible solutions we experimented with at was idea of having autonomous teams - teams without direct managers (team leads) and where each and every member was equally responsible for team dynamics and perfromance. We believed that through providing autonomy, people will drive their own and company's performance.
It was partially true...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Karen Siers
Agile Coach at Kapture Technologies

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Randy Shoup
VP Engineering @WeWork

Throughout engineering history, focused and empowered teams have consistently achieved the near-impossible. Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers, and their teams at Bletchley Park broke Nazi codes, saved their country, and brought down the Third Reich. Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works designed and built the XP-80 ...
4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Heidi Helfand
Director of Engineering Excellence @procoretech

Let’s debunk the myth that you must keep teams stable or “the same” in order to have a successful company. Changing teams can help reduce the risk of attrition, learning & career stagnation, and the development of knowledge silos. I’ll share original case studies from companies that enable dynamic change to their teams propelled by retrospectives and other humanistic practices. In this talk, you’ll learn tips and tricks for building a sustainable company by changing teams – whether it’s...

5:25pm - 6:15pm

Each talk at QCon is hand-picked by our track hosts. We are currently discussing potential speakers for this track.