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Team Building

Past Presentations

Empowering Agile Self-Organized Teams With Design Thinking

My experience and research has shown that design thinking empowers employees and teams, enabling them to create a more resilient, value-focused organizational culture. Innovation-driven growth at the organizational level requires a multidisciplinary approach to designing systems that create the...

William Evans Chief Design Officer & Design Semantic Foundry
A Neurobiologist's Guide to Empowering Your Team

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...

Casey Watts Lead Software Engineer @Heroku
The Story of Teams Autonomy and Servant Leadership

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 Booking.com was idea of having autonomous teams - teams without direct managers (team leads) and where each and every...

Georgiy Mogelashvili Senior Developer & Team Lead @bookingcom
Breaking Codes, Designing Jets and Building Teams

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...

Randy Shoup VP Engineering @WeWork
From Software Development to ML - A Team's Transformation

As companies seek to "inject" Machine Learning into their existing operations, they inevitably face a number of challenges. But perhaps the greatest and most-overlooked one is the people challenge. How can a successful software engineer make a transition to become an equally capable Machine...

Golestan Sally Radwan PhD in AI and Computational Biology

Interviews

Casey Watts Lead Software Engineer @Heroku

A Neurobiologist's Guide to Empowering Your Team

Tell me a bit about yourself.

I have a background in psychology and I’m co-author on several neurobiology publications. That makes me more qualified than the average person to talk about psychology principles. I understand their low level mechanisms, how they work. And as a developer, I can communicate these particularly clearly to tech-minded people as well.

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Georgiy Mogelashvili Senior Developer & Team Lead @bookingcom

The Story of Teams Autonomy and Servant Leadership

You are with booking.com. What do you do there?

My current title is called Senior Developer and Team Lead. I look after two teams which belong to the business booking organization which is aimed toward business customers. Those who travel for business, those who organize travel for others, an enterprise solution on our platform. My day is mostly solving team problems and helping...

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Golestan Sally Radwan PhD in AI and Computational Biology

From Software Development to ML - A Team's Transformation

QCon: What is the focus of your work?

Sally: Almost a year ago, I quit my job to finish my Phd. in AI and BioInformatics. It involves the use of AI techniques in the research of genetics and computational biology. Based on my Phd. research, I am also starting a company in the same space.

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Heidi Helfand Director of Engineering Excellence @procoretech

Dynamic Reteaming: The Art & Wisdom of Changing Teams

Tell me a bit about the work that you do.

I work at Procore Technologies. We're in Southern California, and we make software for the construction industry. I work as Director of Engineering Excellence. In my role, I teach and mentor on Agile software development best practices. I coach teams and individuals to help them get better at what they do. I also facilitate large...

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