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Presentation: Getting Real About Managing Up

Track: Non-Technical Skills for Technical Folks

Location: Broadway Ballroom South, 6th fl.

Duration: 2:55pm - 3:45pm

Day of week: Tuesday

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Abstract

Good boss, bad boss, manager, director, VP, CTO, CEO, boardmember, it doesn't matter, there are days they're going to need help aspiring to competence. In technology we're ambivalent about bosses. We promote the most competent engineer and wonder why they aren't great at management. Meanwhile, our expectations of work as fulfilling and rewarding environment are extremely high. This talk is about what to do when "put your head down and do your work" isn't getting the results you want.

Speaker: Kellan Elliott-McCrea

Coaching Executive Leadership in Technology Startups for High impact., Previously CTO @Etsy

Kellan Elliott-McCrea built and lead Etsy's engineering organization as CTO for 5 years up through the IPO. He spent 5 years scaling Flickr while navigating the bureaucracies of Yahoo. He led Engineering, Product, and Design at Blink Health. He consults on and teaches engineering leadership for startups. And he is, at times, hilariously bad at managing up.

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  • Trouble-Shooting in Production

  • Disrupting Technology on Wall Street

  • Resilience vs Failure in Architecture

  • The Weeds of Distributed File Systems

  • Organizational Agility

  • Product & Customer Focused Teams

  • Just Culture (Blameless Culture)

  • Modern CS in the Real World

  • Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About

  • Machine Learning and AI in the New Decade

  • Evolving Java - Including K8s/Containers, Kotlin and Impact on AOT

  • Ethical Considerations in Software

  • Microservices and Scalability

  • Container Slinging

  • Native Compilation Is Back (A Look at Non-Vm Compilation Targets)