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Presentation: Agile & Unexpected Issues AMA w/ Parkinson, Blaney & Sutherland

Track: Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Location: Guild, Mezzanine

Duration: 2:55pm - 3:45pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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Speaker: Samuel Parkinson

Principal Engineer @FinancialTimes

Sam is a Principal Engineer at the Financial Times, supporting the development of FT.com and the mobile apps. Previously he’s worked at Graze, a start-up that sends snacks through the post. Working in the industry for six years as a software engineer, he’s also spent time on the operational side as an integration engineer.

At the FT he has recently supported the Operations & Reliability group with their rebuild of the company-wide monitoring platform and is doing his best to convince people that joining the on-call team is definitely a good idea.

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Speaker: Luke Blaney

Principal Engineer Operations and Reliability Programme @FT

Luke has worked for the Financial Times since 2012 as a Developer and then Platform Architect. Now a Principal Engineer on their Reliability Engineering team, tasked with improving operational resilience and reducing duplication of tech effort across the company.

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Speaker: Lisette Sutherland

Author of Work Together Anywhere

Lisette Sutherland is a remote-working German-born American living in the Netherlands who is totally jazzed by the fact that it’s possible to work from anywhere. In fact, it’s not just possible; it’s completely, productively workable – if you do it right. Her company, Collaboration Superpowers, shares just how to do it right in a variety of formats:

  • Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely — Successfully — for Individuals, Teams, and Managers
  • Speaking engagements and webinars
  • Work Together Anywhere workshops
  • Weekly podcasts featuring interviews with remote-working experts
  • Bi-monthly newsletter
  • Guest appearances at Pilar Orti’s 21st-Century Work Life podcasts

Lisette has given presentations at a wide range of events, from conferences and Meetups all over the world to a TEDx talk on the theme Unbox the Future in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her workshop clients include Air France, ING, CrossKnowledge (Wiley), Rabobank, and Saint-Gobain. In January 2018, both the Collaboration Superpowers podcast and the 21st-Century Work Life podcast series were deemed among the Best Remote Work Podcasts by Workplaceless. 

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