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Track: Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Location: Guild, Mezzanine

Day of week: Wednesday

QCon has 18 technical and 4 sponsored tracks across the three conference days.

Each of the technical tracks represents a vertical conference focused on a technology or trend in software. Often times, important concentrations develop at the conference outside of those tracks. The AMAs are a way to address these microtracks or just to get your questions answered with popular speakers. The idea with the AMAs is to create a space for general Q&A around these topics and speakers.

AMAs are an informal gathering for Q&A. Bring your questions for in depth conversations with QCon speakers.

Track Host: Wes Reisz

QConSF Chair, Co-host of the InfoQ Podcast, & VP of Technology @SectionIO

Wesley Reisz is the VP of Technology at Section (an Edge Compute Platform focused on rethinking how the edge is used in DevOps-focused application development). Wes also chairs the LFEdge Landscape Working Group and the San Francisco edition of QCon.

Before joining Section, Wes served as the product owner for all of the English speaking QCon conferences worldwide, was a principal architect with HP Enterprise Systems, and, for over 13 years, taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisville (Go Cards!).

At HPE, Wes’ primary roles supported the US Army’s Human Resources (HRC), Recruiting, and Cadet Support Commands based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Wes was the Principal Architect for US Army Cadet Command and was known for championing, building, and deploying enterprise portal and identity solutions used by Army Recruiting.

In addition to Wes’ current roles, he co-hosts a weekly podcast called The InfoQ Podcast. The InfoQ Podcast serves senior early adopter/early majority developers and architects with interviews from some of software’s most important thought leaders. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 million times and has a weekly listener base of around 14K.

10:35am - 11:25am

Mini-Workshop: Power of Coaching

In the Agile community, the term “coaching” gets bandied around almost as much as “Agile”. What do we mean by “coaching”, what are the core skills of an effective coach, what does good look like and how does it feel to coach and be coached? 

Back for a second time by popular demand, this session isn’t just a repeat of Monday’s session. For first time participants, they will experience the power of coaching while for those who wish to attend again, they will have the chance to deepen their coaching practice and learnings. 

Join us in this workshop to experience what being a coach means and discover where you are on your personal journey of continuous improvement. 


#Coaching #Improvement #BeCoached

Portia Tung, Author of "The Dream Team Nightmare"

11:50am - 12:40pm

Kubernetes AMA w/ Petazzoni & Hoban

Presentation details to follow. 

Jérôme Petazzoni, Staff Container & Infrastructure Engineer @enixsas
Luke Hoban, CTO @PulumiCorp & TypeScript Co-Creator

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Developer Experience AMA w/ Stuart Davidson & Mike McGarr

Presentation details to follow.

Stuart Davidson, Senior Engineering Manager, Developer Enablement @Skyscanner
Mike McGarr, Engineering Leader, Frontend Infrastructure @Slack

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Node.js AMA w/ Matteo Collina & Jamund Ferguson

Presentation details to follow.

Jamund Ferguson, Web Platform Team Lead @PayPal
Matteo Collina, Principal Architect @NearForm

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Connecting the Dots: Applying Microservices When You Get Back to Work

We all leave QCon energized to try new things, explore alternative solutions to persistent problems, and share what we’ve learned with our teams.  It can be difficult to connect the dots between the compelling stories we hear about technological transformation with new technology and the work we do day to day.  Join some leading experts in microservices to share your challenges, hear from others who have similar challenges, and collaborate together on ways to take what you’ve learned at QCon back to work.


Attendance in this session is limited to 40 people. Please register for the session at

Ben Sigelman, Co-Founder @LightStepHQ & Co-Creator Dapper & @OpenTracing API Standard
Randy Shoup, VP Engineering @WeWork
Colin Breck, Sr. Staff Software Engineer @Tesla
Liz Fong-Jones, Site Reliability Engineer

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