0111 Portland: A Chief Technology Officer’s Conference 5/10/19

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The 0111 CTO Conference comes to Portland for the very first time!



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Please join us for an intimate pre-conference reception at 7 pm with light bites and a few drinks at the AC Hotel in Downtown Portland.

The address to the hotel is: 888 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Friday, May 10, 2019


8:00 am Check In/Registration

8:45 am Welcome!

Etienne de Bruin, Founder 7CTOs

9:00 – 9:45 am Keynote: Making the Product Engineering Marriage Thrive

Vidya Dinamani, Previous Director, Product & Customer Experience Development, Intuit
Heather Samarin,  Chief Product Officer, Arista MD

What makes a great product family work is having the product parents, Product & Engineering, in a great relationship. So, what goes into making this work? This talk explores the root causes of most dysfunctions and provides the product perspective in not just identifying and overcoming, but put you on the path to thriving.

10:00 – 10:30 am Lessons From the Black Box

Heather Rivers, CTO Mode

When planes crash, we tend to assume technology is to blame, but black box recordings prove that far more tragedies are caused by human problems than by machine malfunctions. The airline industry has spent decades studying these patterns and creating frameworks to prevent them. How can we, in software, apply what they’ve learned?

10:45 – 11:15 am Distributed team: Benefits and Challenges

Oleg Pashigorev, CTO Promomash

How to assemble team on a small budget, without sacrificing speed or quality? We usually hear 2 type of answers: it’s impossible or go hire dev shop from India and we all know what to expect from it. But sometimes we do hear a story that somebody managed to build a great product with offshore team. How did they do it?

In this talk I will share with you what it took to create a successful distributed development team. We will go over benefits and challenges as well as restrictions that we had to put in order to work with people from countries that are at WAR. We will also discuss specifics in the hiring process and practices that help us create the culture we all desperately seek and want.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm When Scrum/XP/Kanban isn’t enough

Jerome Bonhomme, CTO American Specialty Health 

The technology group starts using Scrum and troubles begin… Opacity, misunderstanding, misaligned expectations and growing frustrations are generally the outcome. My journey through the agile evolution and why agile/scrum/lean/XP… development isn’t enough and how to move the rest of an organization to become agile.

12:00 pm Break for Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 pm Workshop: Building Products that Customers (and your team) Love

Heather Samarin,  Chief Product Officer, Arista MD
Vidya Dinamani, Previous Director, Product & Customer Experience Development, Intuit

Building products that customers love is the goal of every product team. In this workshop, we work through three core components that every leader can take back to their teams to sharpen product focus, improve team collaboration, and raise overall engagement. This highly interactive workshop is fun, immediately applicable and will help you develop a better rapport and partnership with your product leader.

3:15 – 3:45 pm Building SaaS Analytics Platform

Sergey Sundukovskiy, Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Product Officer at Raken, Inc.

Capturing and reporting on data provides critical insights that ultimately drives the business. However numerous data points, tools, technologies and stage of the business makes choosing an approach for the SaaS Business Analytics a complex question. In this talk, Dr. Sundukovskiy will use a primary case study and other examples of SaaS companies to:

Explore how you can collect and analyze key product and business SaaS metrics. Consider different technical approaches for capturing, integrating and reporting on various data points. Examine the framework for selecting your own stack from the project inception, through the evaluation process and the eventual implementation. Consider how these choices likely will vary based on the stage of the business and the particular business needs. Discuss approaches to more complex issues such as cross device measurement, company level reporting and attribution.

4:00 – 4:30 pm Design Thinking and Agile for Family Life

Alex Zub, CTO Handsome

Many of us use the Agile methodologies and the Design Thinking approach in design and development activities at work. What if we could apply things that make our work so effective and efficient to family life? This talk will discuss the value of leveraging professional methodologies in our everyday life.

4:45 – 5:15 pm Mechanical Confidence

Adam Cuppy, COO ZEAL

More often then not “confidence” is taught as a practice of positive self-talk; that confidence is the result of belief and time. While this appears to be true, it isn’t. Confidence can be developed, mechanically. We can be more confident without having to solely believe we’re confident.

Confidence, in fact, is the result of engrained habit. This talks looks at how you can develop a process to instill what so many of us wish we had more of.

5:15 pm Closing & Thank you


5:30 pm Break for Cocktails

We’ll be heading to Punch Bowl Social after the conference. Join us to end the conference with a few drinks and some good times.
Your first drink is on us! 🙂

Who is it for?

Anyone and everyone who is in a technology leadership position.

Location details & directions

The conference will take place at the World Trade Center Portland. The address is World Trade Center Portland 121 SW Salmon St. Building Two Portland, OR 97204. Click here for directions by car or by local transit.

0111 Room Block Information

The 0111 CTO Conference Portland Room Block for conference attendees and speakers is at the AC Hotel in Portland Downtown.

Click here to reserve your room
0111 CTO Conference Code of Conduct

Sponsored by


Vidya Dinamani

Previous Director, Product & Customer Experience Development, Intuit

Heather Rivers

CTO, Mode

Oleg Pashigorev

CTO, Promomash

Jerome Bonhomme

CTO, American Specialty Health

Heather Samarin

Chief Product Officer, AristaMD

Sergey Sundukovskiy

Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Product Officer at Raken, Inc.

Alexander Zub

Co-Founder, Handsom

Adam Cuppy

COO, Coding ZEAL


The 2nd CTO Colloquium: Portland 1/9/2019

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On 1/9/2019, in Portland, OR:

Dave Miller
Aaron Longwell
Oleg Pashigorev

will address the CTO Colloquium in 3 talks:

“Defect-Free Software”
“The Paradox of Evolutionary Architecture”
“Distributed Teams: benefits and drawbacks of running a fully remote international team.”


  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Oleg Pashigorev
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – David Miller
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Aaron Longwell + Discussion
  • 8pm Adjourn to closest Pub


On Defect-Free Software: Web application development frameworks like Rails allow you spin up web apps quickly. You can hire fast and cheap, and build fast and cheap. Early stage startups usually prioritize speed over quality. Bugs are OK, you can fix them when they pop up or get reported. What if your startup is building back-end accounting software for banks where correctness is paramount? What changes would you make with your development approach?

On the Paradox of Evolutionary Architecture: Software systems and the teams that build them keep getting more complex. Our old approaches are no longer working. Waterfall, SOAP, Agile and REST are all “dead”. Folks are experimenting with ideas that seem more inspired by chaos than engineering. What gives? Are they right? We’ll explore the Serverless, Microservices, “Pizza” Teams and DevOps movements through the lens of patterns found in the natural world. We will conclude pondering a paradox of modern software: that the more successful systems appear to be less “designed” and less “engineered”.

On Leading Distributed Teams: Very often CEOs will come up with an idea to cut down their development cost 3-4 times by hiring an offshore dev team. “Upwork” or similar resources are utilized to try to find super star devs for cheap. We would usually come to a conclusion that they are not that much cheaper and decide to pull the plug on hiring offshore. Then all of a sudden, an offshore dev shop (1 or multiple) contacts us and promises to send us a senior developer(s) for $10 an hour ($15 if they ambitious). At first, we will ignore them, but eventually we will agree to try it out. A Few months into the work we can’t get a reliable build from them, as they can only work with their own in-house source control. Six months into it we are nearing the project deadline, AND after finally seeing the source code we think to ourselves OMG… it’s just unreadable. Somehow it works 80% of the time and we think to ourselves – let’s just have these senior devs fix the few bugs and we will rewrite it once it’s in production. A year into the project – still a few more bugs left and the team has been working for free for the last 3 months, but still can’t get the code into production. If we get lucky the product will hit production, but with a huge delay, but we all know what will happen in production. After all this time, we are forced to hire a very expensive US based dev shop to fix this nightmare – we come to the realization that the entire code has to be rewritten. After experiencing/hearing such stories – No wonder so many lose interest in remote teams, until… you hear a story that it actually worked!
In this talk I will share with you what it took to create a successful distributed development team. We will go over benefits and drawbacks as well as restrictions that we had to put in order to work with people from countries that are at WAR. We will also discuss specifics in the hiring process and practices that help us create the culture we all desperately seek and want.

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 future Colloquiums.


David Miller

Sr. Software Engineer

Aaron Longwell

CTO, CultureFoundry

Oleg Pashigorev

CTO, Promomash