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7CTOs Zoom Call: What does Agile really look like?

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Pragmatic Agile – everyone says they are agile, but it’s bullsh*t!

So what is Pragmatic Agile? Topics discussed:

  • What and how are we measuring?
  • What are we learning from these metrics?
  • How are we changing from the learning?

About Emad Georgy

Emad is recognized globally as an execution-focused CTO and powerful transformational leader. Developing Code and Developing Leaders!

Hands-on, execution-focused, CTO Advisor and Consultant leading large-scale transformations in architecture, Agile, DevOps, IT, process and leadership development. He helps his clients with scaling and growing pains as well as developing strong leaders in technology.

  • Former CTO of Experian and other enterprise brands, as well as 3 startup CTO roles, leading global transformations in Software Development, QA, DevOps and Operations
  • Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader
  • Global Innovation Award winner, Product Launch of the Year, Hadoop/Cloudera
  • Cloudera-featured video case study on real-time view of the customer (1 of 1st 50 to implement Hbase into production globally)
  • Contributed .Net code to Windows XP OS and a number of Microsoft product lines
  • IBM Research-recognized technical debt model using predictive analytics – incorporated into Rational Rose product
  • Scrum Alliance Speaker, mentored by Ken Schwaber
  • Passion for computer science and leadership development

Expert

Emad Georgy

Developer of Code. Developer of Leaders.

The 10th CTO Colloquium: San Diego 12/17/19

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On 12/17/19 in San Diego, CA, technology leaders will lead a discussion among peers with presentations on:

Groceries Delivered – Why this is really hard and the tech behind it
A pragmatic framework for developing leaders in technology
Modern Product Process

Agenda

  • 6:00  to 6:30 pm – Eat, drink, mingle
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – Igor von Nyssen
  • 7:00 to 7:30 pm – Emad Georgy
  • 7:30 to 8:30 pm – Jared Libby

On Groceries Delivered – Why this is really hard and the tech behind it: A look behind the curtain on how Amazon organizes teams and builds technology and why delivering bananas, eggs and water in less than an hour is a really hard problem.

On A pragmatic framework for developing leaders in technology: How do we tangibly and deliberately grow leaders with the right values on our teams? I can actually walk them through a framework, capability by capability, with past success stories as well. Addresses things like: accountability, delegation, succession planning, resolving conflict, managing tough conversations especially around architecture decisions, etc.

On Modern Product Process: A mature SaaS development process centered on the Dual-Track Agile methodology where figuring out what to build is as important as the building process.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Speakers

Igor von Nyssen

Sr. Software Development Manager, Amazon PrimeNow

Emad Georgy

CTO Consultant and Advisor

Jared Libby

VP of Product, PeachJar

Check out our 9th Colloquium recap:

7CTOs Zoom Call: How Does Your Tech Organization Measure Up?

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How Does Your Tech Organization Measure Up?

CTOs wear many hats at work. You have to provide technical leadership but also run the team day-to-day and often, operational excellence gets left behind. Meet Agustin Lebron and Paul Johnson, who created Essilen Research, a consulting firm that helps CTOs and companies improve their technical operational efficiency. In this AMA, Paul and Agustin will share their stories and answer your questions about running tech teams efficiently and enabling their growth.

About Agustin Lebron

Agustin started his career as an IC design engineer. He then transitioned to a career as a quant trader and researcher on Wall Street and in London England. He has created, developed and implemented numerous trading strategies, including some of the first deep neural-network-based strategies. His new book The Laws Of Trading teachers readers how to use trading concepts to improve their decision-making.

About Paul Johnson

Paul started a career in software engineering in 1999 at Qualcomm Inc. In his 20 years of experience, he has worked from an individual contributor to a senior director overseeing a worldwide team of hundreds of engineers. Paul has experienced the entire tech company lifecycle: from the super fast growth of a young team through the challenges of downsizing and financial pressure. He offers this perspective to his clients and helps them navigate every stage.

Experts

Agustin Lebron

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Essilen Research

Paul Johnson

Co-Founder, Essilen Research

The 9th CTO Colloquium: Austin 9/19/19

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On 9/19/2019, in Austin TX, technology leaders led a discussion among peers with presentations on:

How to build fully functioning MVPs like RoomSteals.com in days

How to get a group of people to agree on priorities without saying a word

Better marketing, better products: How to integrate marketing into your tech stack

On How to build fully functioning MVPs like RoomSteals.com in days: We’ve all heard of customer development. However, building the product can sometimes be the fastest way to learn about the market you’re interested in. I’m going to share my mental models, optimized for speed, as well as how I build new products like RoomSteals.com in a weekend.

On How to get a group of people to agree on priorities without saying a word: There are huge advantages to group decision making compared to letting one individual making all the decisions. While many of us have experienced this phenomenon, we rarely have the time or patience to facilitate this type of activity. In reality, we avoid minimize using large groups to make decisions because it is time consuming to get alignment and we know that an influential subset of people can steer the group, or worse it feels like the group can talk itself in circles without reaching an actionable conclusion. During this discussion, I will describe a technique for helping a group of people utilize their combined knowledge to align on priorities, and most of it is done without speaking.

On Better marketing, better products: We’re going to talk about the marketing, tracking, and personalization. Giving some thought to your marketing funnel and integrating customer lifecycle events into your SaaS product will allow you complement your marketing tech stack, not fight it.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Speakers

Nate Ritter

CTO, Hotels for Hope

Alan Stickler

CTO, Digital Pharmacy

Bill Vieux

CTO, Casual Fridays

The 8th CTO Colloquium: Carlsbad 9/10/19

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On 9/10/2019, in Carlsbad, CA, in partnership with Proven Recruiting, 7CTOs presented:

Tackling Scalability & Microservices – A Case Study

Led by technology leaders and fellow 7CTOs members Anup Marwadi and Benji Koltai.

Scaling systems requires out-of-the-box thinking. Many of the traditional rules of programming do not apply when it comes to building systems that scale.

Over the past 5 years, Anup has built distributed systems that need to scale up to perform thousands of transactions a second. In this open forum, we would like to focus some of the techniques that were applied to achieve scale and also chat about how so many of these techniques are now being replaced by micro-services oriented serverless architectures such as Lambda functions.

Bring your questions and be ready to contribute. The goal of this discussion is to setup a forum to exchange ideas and discuss pros and cons of some of the approaches used

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending a future Colloquium.  Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Moderators

Anup Marwadi

CEO, HyperTrends Global

Benji Koltai

Co-founder & CTO, Galley

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