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Track: Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Location: Redgrave, 2nd flr.

Day of week: Tuesday

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: Daniel Bryant

Independent Technical Consultant

Daniel Bryant works as an Independent Technical Consultant and Product Architect at Datawire, and currently specialises in enabling continuous delivery within organisations through the identification of value streams, creation of build pipelines, and implementation of effective testing strategies. Daniel’s technical expertise focuses on ‘DevOps’ tooling, cloud/container platforms, and microservice implementations. He also contributes to several open source projects, writes for InfoQ, O’Reilly, and Voxxed, and regularly presents at international conferences such as OSCON, QCon and JavaOne.

10:35am - 11:25am

AMA w/ Anjuan Simmons

Anjuan Simmons, Engineering Coach @helpscout

11:50am - 12:40pm

Engineering Culture AMA w/ Maria Gutierrez, Patrick Kua & Paul Hammant

Maria Gutierrez, Senior Director of Engineering @Intercom
Patrick Kua, Tech Leader, former CTO/Chief Scientist
Paul Hammant, CD Consultant

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Panel: The Correct Number of Microservices for a System Is 489

New research from the University of Sledgham-on-the-Wold has revealed that the correct number of microservices for any software system is exactly 489. Given that, why have so many organisations used a different number of microservices? More seriously though... every situation is different, and determining how to properly employ a microservices architecture for your circumstances can be tricky. In this session the panel will discuss the architecture of their various systems, what trade-offs they have made in their design of their systems, and how their system has evolved over time.

Suhail Patel, Backend Engineer @Monzo
Jason Maude, Lead Engineer @StarlingBank
Nicky Wrightson, Principal Engineer @Skyscanner
Sarah Wells, Technical Director for Operations and Reliability @FT (Financial Times)

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Ethics & Building Teams AMA w/ L. van Gelder, P. Johnston & M. Kilby

Lisa van Gelder, Senior VP Engineering @spring_health, former VP Engineering @Meetup
Paul Johnston, CEO @roundaboutlabs
Mark Kilby, Distributed Coach/Mentor & Community Cultivator

5:25pm - 6:15pm

InfoQ AMA w/ Charles Humble & Daniel Bryant

Charles Humble, Head of Editorial @InfoQ.com
Daniel Bryant, Independent Technical Consultant

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