2020 was a long, busy year full of unexpected challenges. Despite all the changes, the community remained amazingly active and published a large number of top-quality videos in terms of IT-management. To help you out, we’ve decided to release our top 10 management meetup videos for you.
Updating the way we work | Mariko Kosaka
The year 2020 changed the way we work and how we look at the current status quo. Like everybody else, we had to adapt to a fast-changing environment, face hard reality, and act to make a positive difference. We don’t always know the right thing to do, but we’d like to share what we tried, added, and changed in the way we approach our work.
Speaker: Mariko Kosaka
Why agile? | Paolo Perrotta
Building software is a young discipline, but it already has a fascinating history. For a young rubyist, it’s easy to forget where we all come from, and why we do software the way we do today. Let a slightly-less-young rubyist tell you the story of software engineering – a story of big problems, brilliant solutions and miserable failures.
How to make your team fall in love with change management | Michael Stahnke
Change management has a bad rep. While important to DevOps success, it is known to be an old school, clunky, and cumbersome approach to change validation. But what if you were told there was a way to fall in love with this process? It comes down to a shift in mindset and a better understanding of continuous integration. After this talk, attendees will leave thinking about change management with a twinkle in their eye and better equipped to make it more efficient. CircleCI’s VP of Platform, Michael Stahnke will discuss: Why CI is the backbone of your technical estate Ways to get agile with change management How to future-proof your systems.
The power of performance feedback | Amber Vanderburg
Feedback is a critical part of performance. The way you give and receive feedback directly affects the outcomes of your team. If you’re like most people, the feedback you provide is often vague, inconsistent, nuanced, and generally ineffective. And furthermore, the way you receive feedback likely isn’t working for you. To unlock real performance improvement- you must learn how to utilize feedback effectively. It’s a game changer for your team. In this course, you’ll learn how to give feedback that is timely, specific, and simply more effective. Amber will also share how you can improve the way you receive feedback- and move beyond superficial responses.
Effective communication in a remote first world | Rob Crowley
2020 has seen a seismic shift in how we work across the IT industry. Remote working, previously the choice of a small minority of IT professionals, has become the de-facto standard. This trend is likely to strengthen as workers and companies embrace the myriad potential benefits. The companies that will thrive in this brave new world will be those who can adapt most nimbly. Unfortunately, many have lurched into this situation with little deliberate thought on how their approach to communication should evolve to suit this new operating context. Simply substituting in-person meetings for virtual ones misses the major opportunities to eliminate waste, boost organisational memory and enhance engagement. Join Rob as he shares the lessons he’s learned leading delivery teams across five timezones and three continents on the path towards remote working. We will take an in-depth look at communication from three perspectives; intra-team, inter-team, and finally customer-facing.
Chaos engineering: The path to reliability | Kolton Andrus
We are all here for the same purpose: to ensure the systems we build operate reliably. This is a difficult task, one that must balance people, process and technology during difficult conditions. We operate with incomplete information, assessing risks and dealing with emerging issues. We have found Chaos Engineering to be a valuable tool in addressing these concerns. Learn from real-world examples of what works, what doesn’t, and what the future holds.
Making your interns succeed! | Sara Bergman
They come in the summertime, eager to learn and curious about everything, the challenge is, they will only stay for 12 weeks. This talk will outline key factors to make your interns succeed! The speaker draws on her own experience as an intern at Telia, Opera and Microsoft as well as the experience of being an intern mentor at Microsoft.
Refactoring trust on your team | Rebecca Miller-Webster
Trust is at the core of successful software teams. It is the basis of retention and defines how your team sees you. But what is trust? How do you know when it’s missing? And how do you fix it when it’s gone? You’ll discuss the elements of trust and what you can do to refactor trust on your team.
How to lead through turbulence | Angele Dugan & Sara Caldwell
We can’t always know what comes next. A clear blue sky can turn suddenly stormy and turbulent, knocking everyone off balance. Right now, our world feels unpredictable and uncertain to some. In trying times people fall back on their instincts of fight, flight, or freeze and it’s hard to know which one will prevail. Your team needs you right now. They need you to radiate calm, to help them understand, and to help them see past the turbulence ahead.
Sara and Angela are leaders and coaches with experience navigating teams through both trying times and smooth times. In this talk, they’ll help you understand what has worked for them so that you too can be the reassuring voice on the speaker, guiding them to make the right choices.
2020 vision: Leadership | Anne-Marie Charrett
It’s 2020 and a new decade awaits us. 100 years ago, our world was famous for the Russian Revolution and World War 1.
In our century, we are also facing tremendous upheaval. The bushfires in Australia, floods in Indonesia. We are seeing the impact of climate change before our eyes.
Technology-wise, agile has become mainstream. Hardware is cheap, CI and CD are commonplace. Robotics and Machine Learning is a reality. This is the age we live in. This is the now.
How do we begin to plan for such a reality? How do we test software in such an ecosystem? Should we even try? How do we maintain skills, when frameworks change as rapidly as nail varnish on a teenager?
As leaders in software testing, these are the questions we need to be able to answer. We need leadership now more than ever. Even though we can’t predict the future, but we can prepare ourselves to be able to deal with change, to develop strategies that facilitate rapid learning and rapid change.
We can upskill our people to be able to handle inconsistency and complexity. To know when technology is beneficial and when to rely on our ability to think critically.
We must create environments where talent can grow and thrive. We learning (and failure) are embraced. Today is the day, we become the test leaders of the future. Are you with me?
Top 10 IT management meetup videos from 2020