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Track: When Things Go Wrong: GDPR, Ethics, & Politics

Location: Windsor, 5th flr.

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Privacy, confidentiality, safety and security: learning from the frontlines, from both good and bad experiences

Track Host: Douglas Talbot

Founder at DOSE Dynamics

Doug Talbot is a passionate technologist. He has worked in technology forever, from coder to VP. He is most at home leading technology groups and has lead tech in startups, science, banking, government, and retail. He has spent 15 years driving technology improvement through innovation, agility and culture. He is obsessed by organisational dysfunctions and how to create the most amazing organisations from technology teams to C-level. When not VP/CTO he leads a small independent consultancy, and has provided expertise to everyone from Science startups, to Ocado and international governments. He is an editor for InfoQ on Culture and Methods and is a thought leader and conference speaker on Agile and Organisation Dynamics. Doug is a New Zealander currently living in London and travels as much as possible to see the world the way other people see it and climb rock faces.

10:35am - 11:25am

Climate Change & Tech, Good and Bad Bedfellows

Climate Change is the current talk of tech. There are VC funds and investors talking about investments that are going to make a big impact. Big tech is shouting about it’s green credentials with big promises about going green and hitting ambitious goals. But what is actually going on? Are we actually on the right side of the debate on this one? Do we get to be on the side of “good” simply because we work in tech? Are we actually the baddies in this story?  In this talk Paul will explore the impacts of climate change, what kind of impact technology companies are actually having, some strategy tools we can use, look at the changing world of business continuity and disaster recovery and show how to identify high and low impact interventions. This talk will be good for anyone grappling with how to understand issues around the environment, tech and strategy at all levels.

Paul Johnston, CEO @roundaboutlabs

11:50am - 12:40pm

How We Built a Generative Culture at Redgate

Creating an environment where teams have a high sense of ownership and aren’t afraid to take risks is one of the keys to creating a fantastic Product-centric culture. This talk will introduce you Westrum model of culture and (more importantly!) we’ll share some practical steps that Redgate has taken to improve the way we build products by building a generative culture.

Jeff Foster, Head of Product Engineering @redgate

1:40pm - 2:30pm

When Things Go Wrong Open Space

Details to follow.

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Managing for Mental Wellbeing in the Tech Industry

How many employees are in your company? Multiply that number by 2,300. Now put a pound sign in front of it. That’s how much your business is losing to mental ill-health annually. Technology is the easy part, it’s the human beings behind the tech that are tricky. The pace at which the tech industry moves and the pressure to deliver, can leave staff struggling to keep up. Long hours and high levels of critical decision making take their toll. A project may be delivered today at the expense of tomorrow. There is a pressure sweet spot that can keep staff engaged at a sustainable level, optimising their performance and wellbeing. You don’t need to be a therapist to influence a person’s mental health for the better. In this session delegates will learn about the impact of mental ill-health in the workplace, how to manage mental ill-health as an employer, and how to engineer occupational psychosocial factors for optimal performance.

Michelle O'Sulivan, Psychologist & Researcher - Mental Health in the Workplace

4:10pm - 5:00pm

When All The Things Go Wrong

What happens your tiny online game becomes one of the world's most played MMOGs and your operations budget is zero? Bad things. Many bad things. All going wrong at once. We take a look at just how bad life can get, and what we can learn, when your plan isn't reality, your team isn't a team, and your users are furious.

Colin Humphreys, CTO, Cloud @Pivotal

5:25pm - 6:15pm

DevOps Is More Complex and Harder Than You Think. Personal Lessons.

Patrick pioneered the concept and actually wrote the book on DevOps, but it hasn't all been simple even for him. DevOps is inherently complex and with some many things to consider there are many risks and things that can be missed or go wrong. Patrick lets us in on his personal lessons and stories to help you not make the same mistakes.

Patrick Debois, Director of DevOps Relations and Advisor @snyksec & Co-author of the DevOps Handbook


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