James Stanier is Director of Engineering at Shopify. He is also the author of Become an Effective Software Manager and Effective Remote Work. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and runs theengineeringmanager.com.
Carolyn is a partner and head of Engineering in Oliver Wyman’s Digital organization. She has accomplished multiple firm “firsts”, including first female head of Engineering and first female engineer Partner. She’s established Digital hubs in Sydney and Singapore, serves as a technical advisor to clients and colleagues, has been invited to has speak at industry forums such as CTO Summit, and has led fireside chats on Women in Tech. Additionally, Carolyn is a fierce, active, and visible advocate for diversity colleagues at Oliver Wyman. Outside of work, Carolyn prefers to go analog—her favorite activities include international travel, riding her Vespa, food trucks, and hanging with her dog Joey.
Smruti Patel leads the Data Platform engineering organization at Stripe. This group hosts the underlying big data, async and stream processing infrastructure for Stripe’s mission-critical business, while ensuring security, compliance, reliability, and efficiency. It also maintains Stripe’s public Search API, operates key internal data solutions, and supports core data quality tooling & abstractions. Prior to that, she led multiple teams at VMware, including backups and disaster recovery. Her interests include mentoring and coaching, hiking with her boys, and traveling.
Lena Reinhard has dedicated her career to building successful, high-performing globally distributed engineering organisations, and helping teams thrive in times of high change and fast growth. She now offers transformational coaching and consulting for executives and people- and technical leaders at all levels. Previously, Lena served as VP Engineering with CircleCI and Travis CI, as well as a startup co-founder & CEO. Through her cross-functional background and experience, she brings a unique perspective on systems of technology, business, and people.
Rukmini Reddy is the SVP of Platform Engineering at Slack. She joined Slack in 2020 to lead teams that deliver exceptional first-party and third-party app experience, as well as drive the vision of Workflow Builder - Slack's no-code automation tool. Before Slack, she was VP of Engineering at Abstract, Model N, and other enterprise SaaS companies. Her experience as an immigrant, a woman, and a developer with over a decade of technical experience, have prepared her to lead large and diverse engineering teams, and forge genuine human connections with her colleagues. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been juggling work and home-school like most parents in recent times for her twin boys.
Michael Stahnke is VP, Platform at CircleCI running SRE, Security, and tooling. Prior to this, he worked at Puppet running Puppet Enterprise Engineering, Platform Engineering as well as SRE. His passion lies in improving the lives of those who build software and infrastructure by leading teams of builders by prioritizing technical understanding, deep user empathy, and a focus on enjoyment in the workplace. He is an established author and has co-authored State of DevOps and State of Software Delivery Reports. He is also a popular speaker and has attended various DevOps Days, CTO Summits, Puppetize conferences and more.
Lewis is the Vice President of Engineering at Blockchain.com, where he is responsible for the technology underpinning Blockchain.com’s services. Before Blockchain.com, Lewis worked at Revolut, where he spearheaded the company’s crypto initiative, building the first of its kind crypto offering, and scaled the engineering team to 50+. Lewis began his career building trading and risk technology systems at Goldman Sachs and UBS.
Kelly Vaughn is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and purveyor of developer jokes on Twitter. She's passionate about providing a learning path for junior engineers and coaching individual contributors into leadership roles. She is currently an Engineering Manager at Spot AI. When she's not working, you'll probably find her on her Peloton, traveling to a new country, or spending time at a coffee shop to make a tiny dent in her never-ending book collection.
Prior to Range, she built product and engineering teams at Google, Pulse, and Medium, and co-founded Co Leadership, a leadership development company for engineers and other tech leaders. She’s also a co-actively trained coach and has coached engineers, tech leads, managers, VPs of Engineering, and CTOs. She loves to play ultimate frisbee and lives in Berkeley with her partner and two kids.
Tiffany is a software developer and developer advocate. She most recently worked at IBM and now is doing developer advocacy work for TiffinTech. She started her career in the fashion industry, before making the “180 degree” turn into tech. She is very passionate about helping others find their way into the industry. Tiffany is the founder of TiffinTech, a social media platform that reaches millions of people every month to inspire, inform and educate about all things tech.
Charity is the co-founder and CTO of Honeycomb.io, before becoming a founder, she was a production engineering manager at Facebook and spent 3.5 years working on Parse (both pre and post-acquisition by FB). Charity loves startups, chaos and hard scaling problems, and somehow always ends up in charge of the databases.
Mark is truly "living the dream" as Atlassian’s resident Modern Work expert and evangelist. Focused on practice over theory, Mark spends his days coaching both Atlassian and customer teams on new ways of working, then sharing what he's learned at events around the world! Joining Atlassian in 2019, Mark brings over a decade of experience experimenting with work and helping people, teams, and organizations transform at places like Boeing, Nordstroms, TD Ameritrade, and Rocket Mortgage. Mark has made it his mission to inject modern ways of working, a transformation mindset, and the power of expert storytelling into everything he does. When not heads down in the latest book on self-management or deep in conversation with a leadership team, Mark can be found reading one of his favorite sci-fi novels (specifically anything by Brandon Sanderson) or building the latest Lego set with his kids (have you seen the new rollercoaster!).
No stranger to fast-moving, fast-growing companies, Dan has been an engineering leader for companies like Salesforce, Lyft and Handshake prior to joining Clockwise. Now, he’s leading a world-class engineering team to help the world make time for what matters.
Zach Westall is a Sr. Dev Advocate with LinearB. Before accepting the mission of helping engineering teams improve, Zach was at F5/NGINX serving as the bard for visibility, management, automation, and container stories.When he's not at work you can usually find him on the slopes, on a disc golf course, reading fantasy literature, or hanging out with his wife, Michelle and their two dogs, Jax and Artoo.
Luke Kilpatrick started as web site developer in 1996, transitioning to managing technology communities in 2007. In 2010 Luke moved to developer program management as his full time role on VMware's marketing team. 2012 saw Luke at Sencha working in developer relations program and speaking at events around the world. For 4 years he managed Atlassian's developer events and programs, then built Nutanix's DevOps Experience practice from the ground up. Currently you will find Luke working at LinearB building out their developer experience program.
Samuel Proulx is the Accessibility Evangelist at Fable, a leading accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. As a blind individual, Sam knows and values the importance of accessibility in all aspects of life and is a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital world. Sam brings his previous experience as Fable’s community manager, plus life-long advocacy for himself and others, to his role as Evangelist.
Hywel wrote his first program in C aged 9. After graduating with an MEng from Cambridge, he dropped out of his PhD programme to co-found his first start-up. Today, Hywel is Skiller Whale’s Co-Founder and CEO. He runs a dinner club for CTOs, a podcast for tech leaders called 'Primarily Context-Based', and is designing and building his own 8-bit computer for playing Pong. In his 12+ year career, he’s been building and scaling start-ups. With Skiller Whale, he is drawing on that experience to solve the biggest problem he faced as a CTO: learning for engineering teams.
Ivan has been a passionate DevOps/VSM advocate for over 10 years. He's helped organizations of all shapes and sizes realize the benefits of DevOps and VSM.
Ricardo Abdalla is a Software Engineer and hands-on manager with 15+ years of experience building enterprise software and payments solutions. At Pismo, a next-gen Banking and Payments company, he is the Tech Manager responsible for both Cards and Lending tribes. His job is to ensure engineers get adequate support and an environment to deliver excellent results.
Yishai Beeri likes to solve problems, and that's why he was so fascinated with programming when he first encountered Logo back in the 80s, where the possibilities seemed endless.He has made it a focus of his career to solve complex programming problems, both as a consultant and entrepreneur. In 2014 he joined the CTO office of a fast-moving cloud security startup, which later was acquired by a networking giant. At this startup he also met Ori Keren and Dan Lines, now co-founders of LinearB. He joined them shortly after the company was established, in order to get back to what he loves most about engineering, solving big challenges, and this time he is focusing on the world of dev team metrics and software delivery management.
Paulo Almeida is currently the CTO of Rabbit Care Insurance Broker during the day and AWS Scout and New Relic Customer Advisor and an overall superfan of startups on the extra time. Paulo previously worked in Central Retail, and was an early employee and Senior VP of Engineering at Pomelo Fashion, gathering a decade of experience in e-commerce. With a degree in CS by the University of Porto and coming from a background of decades in the software industry as an engineer and architect, Paulo maintains himself adaptable to market conditions and simultaneously excelled at system-level architectural design and program-specific implementation with a strategic thinking for business."
Ori Keren is Co-founder and CEO at LinearB. Ori's first programming experience was running Basic on a Sinclair Spectrum ZX 48k in 1987 and he got his first developer job in 2000. Prior to starting LinearB, Ori was VP of R&D at CloudLock (acquired by Cisco). Prior to joining CloudLock, Ori managed an engineering group at Interwise (acquired by AT&T). With more than 15 years of management experience, Ori is on a mission to help engineering teams to become data-driven and accelerate delivery.
Avishag started her tech career at the young age of 18, as a soldier in Unit 8200, an Israeli Intelligence Corps unit of the Israel Defense Forces responsible for collecting signal intelligence (SIGINT) and code decryption. Avishag worked as a Business Intelligence Developer for a few years, and then made the move to Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, where she joined as a software engineer.
Snir joined Codility at the beginning of 2021 as CTO after heading the software department of Zalando’s retail operations business unit and serving as a member of Zalando’s senior leadership team in Berlin, Germany. Snir’s strength and experience lie in the area where technology, business, and people & organization overlap: building and growing high-performance engineering organizations and teams to meet challenging business goals by utilizing technology and by forming effective culture and processes. Snir has held various technical leadership roles, He always feels honored to be given the opportunity to learn from others as well as to share his unique learnings and diverse experience.
Dan here. A few things about me… First of all, the only thing I find more awkward than writing a bio about myself is asking someone else to write one about me. So first person it is! I’m a software engineer at heart. Two years ago I started a company with another engineer, my co-founder Ori Keren. I pulled the short straw so actually at the moment I’m responsible for customer success, marketing and sales. Which is crazy because I had never done any of those things before LinearB. I wish I had more time to write code but I love being customer facing because I’m learning a lot of new stuff. Before LinearB I was a dev team lead, and VP of Engineering. I’m obsessed with how dev teams work together. Like what makes great culture? And how can engineering leaders be data-driven without being performance tyrants? And why can cars drive themselves but I have to spend 30 minutes every day manually updating my project tickets? :-) More importantly, my partner Lauren and I just had a beautiful baby girl named Leila. We recently moved to sunny Southern California which is a welcome change for this suburban boy from up-state New York.
Álvaro Moya, is the founder of Lidr.co and an experienced CTO. — In 12 years he has walked the path from developer to leading large tech teams in high-growth companies like Wefox or Revolut. During this time, he has mentored hundreds of engineers to help them transition to managers and develop a successful career plan.
As co-host of the Dev Interrupted Podcast, Conor talks with devs and engineering leaders every week about how to improve dev teams and build incredible products. From those conversations and his day-to-day work as a Director at LinearB, he’s built a clear, data-based viewpoint on how to apply engineering metrics to improve teams and their workflow - without micromanaging. Conor previously spent 3+ years in the Microsoft ecosystem and several years in government and politics, along with advising startups such as Ridwell, Dragonchain, and others. An avid writer, Conor, and his work have been featured by the New York Times, ABC News, Vox, the Seattle Times, and more. A graduate of the University of Washington, Conor lives in Olympia, WA, with his wife Katherine and their cats Sophie and Cleo. When he has spare time, he’s an enthusiastic Twilight Imperium and Stellaris player, dabbles in Web 3, and listens to a lot of drum and bass.
Interact hosts Conor Bronsdon and Margaret Shaeffer join us live from Seattle to kick off our third Interact conference.
Too often, developers are treated like robots - not the hardworking, motivated and creative human beings we know and love. This discussion centers on the whys and hows of empathetic leadership.
Join a CTO, a Team Lead and an ex-VP of engineering turned CEO to discuss their viewpoints on developer experience and how to improve it in your organization.
It’s well known that diverse teams build diverse products. However, the voices of people with disabilities are all too often left out of the product lifecycle. In this 10-minute talk, Sam Proulx, accessibility evangelist at Fable, will introduce the many ways that more accessible products are more flexible, useful, and innovative for everyone. He will also cover how Fable can help you include the voices of the community of people with disabilities in your work, so your products can benefit from the innovation that only inclusion can provide.
Interact hosts Conor Bronsdon and Margaret Shaeffer join us live from Seattle to review the first two Interact sessions and provide a short break
LinearB CEO Ori Keren delivers Interact's keynote unveiling new industry standards on developer productivity - and how it effects developer experience.
Leaders from some of the biggest companies in tech answer one of the most difficult questions in engineering: "Is my team solving the right problem and is it providing value to the company?"
The metrics that matter to engineering teams - and why they're not enough on their own - you need ways to take action.
A mix of engineering managers and CTO's from around the world join us to share how Pismo, Rabbitcare and Shippo have leveraged LinearB to enable their engineering teams with the metrics and visibility they need to reduce risks, streamline code delivery and improve their developer experience.
Dev Interrupted alum and fan favorite Charity Majors joins LinearB COO Dan Lines for a live recording of the Dev Interrupted podcast.
DORA metrics, popularized by the book Accelerate, are a powerful tool for engineering improvement when used in the right context. But the community is using lead time, deployment frequency, change failure rate and time to restore incorrectly. In this session, you will learn: - Why DORA metrics do not, on their own, lead to better business outcomes - Why sprint planning accuracy is the best indicator of elite teams and software projects - Five leading indicator metrics you need to boost to improve the DORA 4 - Four step process we use to improve DORA metrics and sprint planning accuracy - How we optimize individual developer workflow to sustain improvement
Based on a study of more than 1.5 million meetings across 80,000 engineers at more than 5000 companies, Clockwise shares the key results from their 2022 Engineering Meetings Benchmarks Report.
Common misconceptions around hiring for experience vs. developing the team you already have
It's demonstrated that the entrepreneurial mindset is one of the most desired skill sets in a CTO, but also in intermediate roles. In this talk, you'll learn the four skills that define the entrepreneurial mindset, plus some actionable actions you can take today, either at work or outside, to develop them.
Remote work, upskilling, quiet quitting…these are the trends we hear about when discussing how we work in the modern age. They might be headline catching ideas, but are they really the most important areas to focus on? Let’s talk about the actual trends that are shaping modern work. During this session, Mark Cruth will break down the latest research from Atlassian on how teams and individuals work today, including some unexpected insights that others have missed. Come learn how you can take action on these trends with proven practices you can put in place today.
Being an elite dev team isn't just about merging faster, it's about being able to deliver consistently. Developer happiness and retention is often based on the type of work a team is doing and the amount of frustration involved trying to get code merged. In this session, we will discover how elite teams are creating a state of continuous merge by optimizing non-coding time and customizing how Pull Requests are treated based on their unique characteristics.
Tiffany Janzen, better known to her fans as Tiff in Tech, stops by Interact to share one of her favorite stories and some of the questions she sees junior devs failing to ask.
A topical look at how elite engineering leaders inspire their teams when a storm is approaching.