Track: Engineering Culture


Day of week:

The best teams and companies talk about how to create amazing engineering cultures.

Track Host:
Portia Tung
Practising Coach, Author of "The Dream Team Nightmare"
I’m a consultant-coach, storyteller, and games maker who combines business strategies with play to bring about positive organisational change. I’m an international speaker, and the creator of concepts such as Playmaking and Enterprise Gardening. I specialise in Agile adoption and organisational change. I’ve had a number of roles over the years, ranging from Java developer, to development manager, Agile consultant-coach and facilitator. I’m passionate about realising and increasing human potential through Systems Thinking, Real Options and team collaboration. I strive to build effective and meaningful teams by pragmatically applying Lean and Agile Values, Principles and Practices. I’m also the author of The Dream Team Nightmare, the first ever Agile novel where your decisions determine the outcome of the story. If you’ve enjoyed my sessions or my coaching style, you’ll love this first novel in the Agile Adventures series.
1:20pm - 2:10pm

by Portia Tung
Practising Coach, Author of "The Dream Team Nightmare"

What's the differentiating factor between high achievers and those who repeatedly fail to reach their goals? What is that keeps us pursuing our dreams when others would have long given up?


As mankind has evolved, we've become more conscious and informed of who we are and how our minds work. This has led to profound insights on the concept of Hope. Instead of being a mere emotion, the latest research shows us Hope is a process and a thinking tool that can help us harness...

2:30pm - 3:20pm

by Helen Walton
Founder @Gamevy; Author and Branding Specialist

by Pete Burden
Change Agent @ConsciousBusinessPeople

This session is part talk and part workshop. We aim to give you insight into how important culture is to your business and your happiness, the inspiration to recognise the type of culture you want to build - and the practical tools that will help make your vision a reality.


It begins with a story from the founder of a tech start-up known for its unusual structure - employee owned with a flat hierarchy and ‘radical management’.


From employee theft on...

3:40pm - 4:30pm

by Richard Kasperowski
QCon Open Space Facilitator

Open Space

Join Portia Tung, our speakers, and other attendees for the Culture Open Space.

What is Open Space?

Every day at QCon London, we’ll open space five times, once for each track. Open Space is a kind of unconference, a simple way to run productive meetings for 5 to 2000 or more people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization in everyday practice and extraordinary change.



4:50pm - 5:40pm

by Mike Pearce
Development Manager at MOO

MOO is a global online print and design company with its office in London and offices in both Boston and Providence. We help all business, big and small, look their best by helping them build a beautifully designed world that they're proud of. MOO was founded in 2004 with our most unique product, MiniCards, and has grown a large catalogue of print products from business cards and flyers, to LUXE and letterpress since then.

MOO cares deeply about it's culture. Beginning life as a...


Covering innovative topics

Wednesday, 4 March

  • Architecture Improvements

    Next gen architecture, Arch over the full lifecycle, Bleeding edge tech in legacy, Cognitive biases in architecture, Evolving Architecture.

  • Big Data Frameworks, Architectures, and Data Science

    As big data tools and architectures continue to evolve, how do you architect and select technologies that work now but are also future-proof?

  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery: Code Beyond the Dev Team

    As infrastructure becomes as malleable as code, a unified approach from reqs to ops is needed to deliver promised breakthroughs.

  • Engineering Culture

    The best teams and companies talk about how to create amazing engineering cultures.

  • Java - Not Dead Yet

    Java is evolving to meet developer and business needs, from lambdas in Java 8 to built-in support for money types rumoured for Java 9.

  • Mind Matters at Work

    How theories from neuroscience and psychology can help us better understand IT professionals and discover what really motivates them.

Thursday, 5 March

  • Docker, containers and application portability

    People building stuff for and with containers showing why application portability is important, and what can be done with expanding ecosystems.

  • Evolving agile

    Reflecting on and learning from successes and failures in applying agile approaches since the creation of the Agile Manifesto and exploring ways of applying agile practices to increase business value.

  • HTML and JS Today

    The state of the art in web technologies. What is important to know and why?

  • Internet of Things

    What software devs need to know to design and build for instrumented environments and reactive things, what new issues and questions it raises.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    How modern CS helps you tackle today's problems.

  • Reactive Architecture

    How to create reactive systems is more than simply learning a framework. Thinking in a reactive way helps you to design responsive architectures.

  • The Go Language

    The Go Language - Concurrency, Performance, Systems Programming.

Friday, 6 March

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Get a rare look behind the scenes and get to see the architectures of the most well-known sites with the least known architectures.

  • Low latency trading

    The 'race to zero' continues. Join us to learn about the latest tecniques being deployed to optimise order routing and execution.

  • Open source in finance

    Financial services have changed from OS as cost-saving to a competitive weapon. See open source projects that are disrupting the finance industry.

  • Product Mastery

    Come have fun with fellow PMs and BAs as you learn about Value Management. We'll even tell you dark tales of Snarks, Hippos and other obstacles.

  • Taming Microservices

    Tackling the challenges of microservices in practice.

  • Taming Mobile

    Mobile is no longer the Next Big Thing but a requirement for your business. Hear from those who have implemented successful mobile systems.