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The 3rd CTO Colloquium: Austin 1/16/2019

By | Austin, Colloquium, Meeting

On 1/16/2019, in Austin, TX:

Ken Cone
Mary Beth Westmoreland
Elijah Wood

addressed the CTO Colloquium with presentations on:

“Lean for 7CTOs”
“Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story”
“Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work”

On Lean for 7CTOs: “The Lean Startup” has made Lean a common word among entrepreneurs. In this talk, Ken discusses the lean foundations that the Lean Startup is based on and how to apply these to your unique business.

On Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story: Mary Beth will share how learning from many failures propelled Blackbaud’s successful transformation to the cloud.

On Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work: The workshop will begin by exploring a method to clarify for individuals and a group what is important in their work. Together we can reveal when a compelling purpose is missing and avoid moving forward without clarity. Next, we will explore individual work, self-selection of ideas, and structured group conversations to make meetings more actionable. The attendees will identify a challenge to ideate on and vote as a group. Then, everyone will write down their ideas about a particular question or problem on sheets of paper for a few minutes; then, you have each participant pass their ideas on to someone else, who reads the ideas and adds new ideas. Finally, we will conclude with sharing the ideas and reflecting on the exercises of the workshop.

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.

Check out the recap video:

Presenters

Ken Cone

CTO, Radeus Labs

Mary Beth Westmoreland

CTO, Blackbaud

Elijah Wood

Facilitator, Voltage Control

Videos

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

By | Colloquium, Meeting, Portland

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

Dave Miller-Sr. Software Engineer
Aaron Longwell-
 Director of Engineering, U.S Department of State
Oleg Pashigorev-
CTO, Promomash

addressed 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.”

Summary

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. 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.

Check out the recap video:

Presenters

David Miller

Aaron Longwell

Oleg Pashigorev

The 1st CTO Colloquium: San Diego 12/19/2018

By | Colloquium, Meeting, San Diego

Date: 12/19/2018

Location: San Diego, CA

With PhDs in Psychology and the author of Driven

Dr. Doug Brackmann

presented to the CTO Colloquium:

Meditation as a practice in service to your Engineering Team:

CTOs are the brains behind their companies and the faces of their technologies. They are in charge of all technology decisions and it’s easy to see how this can become overwhelming and stressful. Spend an evening with Dr. Doug and fellow CTOs in San Diego and learn how meditation:

  • improves cognitive processes
  • improves restful sleep and energy levels
  • teaches you to maintain a positive mindset
  • fosters discipline
  • supports healthy reactions to challenges

Check out our 1st Colloquium recap:

Colloquiums are invite-only and exclusive to Chief Technology Officers.  Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.

Sponsored by

Dr. Douglas Brackmann

Founding Partner at The Brackmann Group