Building Better Products: Software Development Summit
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Building Better Products: Software Development Summit

When: October 8, 2015
1:00 - 5:30 PM
Where: Microsoft NERD
1 Memorial Dr #1
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02142
United States

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Building Better Products:

A Software Development Summit

There’s always a trade-off in the world of software development: do you release products rapidly - or do you take a little bit more time and ship more robust products with as few bugs as possible? During this ½ day summit we will dig into strategies that organizations are using to achieve their ultimate goal of Building Better Products.

We will take a look at the variety of components that influence your organizations’ ability to build great products and ensure continuous quality releases and explosive growth.

You will learn:

  • New ways to organize your team for maximum efficiency
  • How analyzing data can improve your development processes
  • The different development systems and how they can be used within your organization
  • Why you need a plan before you begin to scale your organization

Our Speakers


1:00 pm

Registration & Networking

1:30 - 1:45 pm


1:45 - 2:15 pm

Tribes, Squads, Chapters, & Guilds: How Spotify Maximizes Efficiency

Joakim Sundén, Agile Coach at Spotify 

In just a few short years, Spotify has grown from a small startup in Sweden to a pretty big company with more than 90 engineering teams in five different development offices on two continents. And they have no intention of slowing down.

Such rapid growth carries big challenges. How can they continue to improve their product at great speed, while growing the numbers of users, employees and supported platforms and devices? How do they stay agile when they grow from a small startup to a big corporation? Joakim Sundén, Agile Coach at Spotify, will share how Spotify is addressing these challenges. He will talk about autonomous squads, chapters, tribes, alliances, guilds, hack weeks, and a lot of other ideas they’re experimenting with. 

About our speaker.

Joakim Sundénis an Agile Coach at Spotify, making music available and accessible to the world. He helps people improve through mentoring and coaching at individual, team and organizational levels, often using Agile and Lean thinking and methods such as Kanban, Scrum and XP. He is an organizer of, and active participant in, conferences, networks and user groups in the Agile and Lean communities. Joakim is also author of Kanban in Action from Manning Publications.


2:15 - 3:15pm


CTO Reactor Panel Discussion

Anthony Accardi, CTO at Rue LaLa; Vinay Mohta, CTO, Kyruus; Steve Strassman, CTO, Commonwealth of MA; Daniel Theobald, CTO, Vecna

3:15 - 3:45pm


3:45 - 4:30pm

Breakout Sessions – Pick One



Scaling Without Slowing Down: Hiring, Developing and Transitioning Talent

Julia Austin, Builder and Scaler of Early Stage Companies

Starting a business is difficult, scaling a business that needs technical talent and leadership is near impossible. Julia Austin has assisted in doing just that in startups with a single product and a handful of employees to complex organizations with multiple products and employees numbering in the thousands. She will share her insights on what to look for as you scale your business while maintaining a strong, innovative, culture.



Moving from Test Driven to Data Driven Development

Henry Cipolla, CTO at Localytics

Thanks to the proliferation of great experiences in mobile and web apps the expectations of end users are constantly increasing. Where previously it was enough to ship features quickly using methods like TDD, it is now important to use data to follow your user's journey through the app to make sure every change not only works but also improves the quality of their experience. This session will cover best practices in leading with data from collection through execution.


4:45 – 5:40 pm Breakout Sessions – Pick One



How to Leverage Scrum, XP, & Kanban Within Your Organization

Bill Buckley, VP of Engineering at Unidesk; JP Beaudry, Director of Technology at Vistaprint; Robert Desmarais, Transformation Consultant, Rally; Ed Featherston, Director/Sr. Enterprise Architect, Technology Services at Collaborative Consulting

Agile has adapted many different flavors to improve efficiency within organizations – but, is using a single system the only option or can they be used on a project basis? We will take a deep dive into what works when and hacks to help you maximize your methodologies.  


Mobile First: Why it's Great - and Why it Sucks

David Raissipour, VP of Engineering at Carbonite
Stephen Bixby, VP Product Management at Pegasystems

Having a mobile first strategy is all the rage since mobile prevalence has increased to over 60% of Americans. But, it’s not a single sided debate. We are bringing together the VP of Engineering from Carbonite, who’s background in running mobile teams has reaffirmed his belief in mobile first strategy with the VP of Product Management from Pegasystems, which has made waves by saying mobile first is not always the right choice. Hear these technical leaders make their cases and decide for yourself where you stand!


6:00 pm

Career Fair





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