The 2018 SF CTO Summit

If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers at The 2018 SF CTO Summit

Whether you want to hire smarter, refine your culture, improve your processes, manage more effectively or adopt better engineering practices or architectures, the CTO Summits are designed to help you to learn from top practitioners and to share experiences with your peers.


Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

The speakers

This year, our presenters include senior engineering leaders from Slack, WeWork, CodeClimate, CircleCI, StitchFix, Zenefits, InVision, LaunchDarkly, RainforestQA and more!


The schedule

This years summit is a single track, full day event comprised of twenty short 20 minute presentations by senior engineering leaders. Registration/breakfast starts at 8.30am and the evening reception ends at 8pm.

  • 08:00 AM Registration/Breakfast
  • 09:00 AM Kickoff by host Peter Bell, founder CTO Connection
  • 09:10 AM How to Run Your Development Team Like You Only Have a Year to Live Drew Batshaw, CTO waggl
  • 09:30 AM So It Turns Out You Do Need Product Managers Cathy Polinsky, CTO Stitch Fix
  • 09:50 AM My experiments with Conway’s law Laks Srini, CTO Zenefits
  • 10:10 AM Making Your Dream (Team) Come True Ron Lichty, Consulting VP Engineering Ron Lichty Consulting
  • 10:30 AM Break (40 mins)
  • 11:10 AM Lessons from our doomed pull requests Bryan Helmkamp, Founder/CEO Code Climate
  • 11:30 AM Cheat Codes for Managing Application Performance Kwame Thomison, Principal Magnetic Management Consulting
  • 11:50 AM Toughest words a CTO says - Hold on the code Cherise Esparza-Gutierrez, Co-Founder & CTO SecurityGate
  • 12:10 PM Seventeen things that have bitten us but shouldn’t have Bjorn Freeman-Benson, CTO InVision
  • 12:30 PM Lunch (1 hr)
  • 01:30 PM Words Matter - Ubiquitous Language & Throughput Rob Zuber, CTO Circle CI
  • 01:50 PM The wrong way to feature flag Edith Harbaugh, CEO/Cofounder LaunchDarkly
  • 02:10 PM What I Learned from 4 Years of Researching the Crap out of devOps! Jez Humble, CTO DevOps Research and Assessment
  • 02:30 PM Angst Aikido - The Art of Making Scary Engineering Culture Change Tara Hernandez, Engineering Manager Google
  • 02:50 PM Break (20 mins)
  • 03:10 PM 10 Lessons Learned from Building Engineering Teams Under Pressure Julia Grace, Senior Director of Infrastructure Engineering Slack
  • 03:30 PM RPC - Remote People Call - Managing Globally Distributed Teams Johnny Ray Austin, Head of Navigation Data Mapbox
  • 03:50 PM Quality vs. QA Russell Smith, CTO Rainforest
  • 04:10 PM Diversity Is the Bar Beth Andres-Beck, Software Engineering Manager The Long-Term Stock Exchange
  • 04:30 PM Break (40 mins)
  • 05:10 PM Lessons from the Black Box heather rivers, CTO Mode Analytics
  • 05:30 PM A Tale of Two Companies Robert Stewart, CTO Castlight Health
  • 05:50 PM Matching product validation strategy to company stage Ellen Chisa, CEO/Cofounder Dark
  • 06:10 PM Moving Fast at Scale Randy Shoup, VP Engineering WeWork
  • 06:30 PM Closing
  • 06:40 PM Networking & Drinks

The sponsors

The venue

Hotel Nikko 222 Mason St,
San Francisco CA, United States 94102