Building Great Engineering Cultures & Organizations

Location: St James, 4th flr.

Day of week: Tuesday

Whether you’re in a startup trying to create the conditions for technolgy innovation and scalable growth, or a mature ‘corporate’ trying to establish the environment that sustains digital transformation, it is arguably ‘culture’ that trumps all in the pursuit of success. Technology has never been more ‘throwaway’ (the tools we use replenishing now annually), while the business graveyards are full of those that led with ‘process improvement’ alone. In this track we’ll hear from the practitioners representing digital leaders of the Consumer Internet as well as transformational corporates from ‘traditional’ sectors to understand how they establish and scale engineering cultures that keep their organisations ahead of the rest (spoiler alert: it’s nothing to do with pizzas, beanbags or foosball).

Track Host:
Finbarr Joy
Group CTO @Superbet

Finbarr is Group CTO for Superbet, a new entrant into the online gaming industry. Previous to this he was Group CTO for Lebara, responsible for Product & Technology strategy, development and operations for Platform, Network, Technology Innovation & IT, across global Mobile, OTT Video, Financial Services, and IP voice/ messaging propositions.

With over 15 years’ leadership experience of technology ‘at the leading edge’, Finbarr is dedicated to helping organizations develop breakthrough business models powered by tech. His prior roles have included stints driving technology transformation at global operators such as BT, William Hill and Lebara, and he also co-founded and ran a UK-wide e-commerce software development company through the 2000’s.

Finbarr’s early experiences included two years with Netscape, as a member of the team that brought the Internet to the world, and established the enduring model for digital innovation.

10:35am - 11:25am

Open Space
11:50am - 12:40pm

by Kevin Goldsmith
CTO @Avvo, former Spotify, Adobe, Microsoft

Avvo created tools to encourage data-driven thinking, autonomy and a spirit of continuous improvement. This talk describes those tools, their implementation and the issues and challenges encountered when doing large-scale culture change in a ten-year-old company. Continuous improvement is the goal for agile teams. We strive for it. What does it look like when we create a continuous improvement beyond our agile teams and bring it to the larger organization: the company level? Kevin Goldsmith...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Andy Walker
Engineering Manager @Google

Andy’s proposition is that the reason things fail is usually people, not technology. Human beings are operating a 'broken machine'. There is a way forward, however: learning how to get more deterministic outcomes with meat puppets is a worthwhile investment of time- especially to understand the conditions that make engineering thrive. Based on Andy's experiences coaching Google teams, this varied and provocative discussion includes themes on ‘the broken human machine’, the ‘authority...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Amanda Bellwood
People Operations Manager @@skybet

This talk presents Sky Betting and Gaming’s journey from establishment of a core ‘engineering-driven’ people and culture model, to replication throughout the UK team and now internationally across the group. How to create a learning environment, and encouraging meaningful growth by empowering teams and individuals to drive their own progress. The implications for classic HR-driven ‘performance management’ of embracing an engineering culture. For learning and...

4:10pm - 5:00pm

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5:25pm - 6:15pm

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Conference for Professional Software Developers