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

Whether you're an engineering manager, VPE or CTO, at this full day, single track summit you'll learn the latest tricks other companies are using to successfully build and run engineering teams.

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.

Register


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!

  • Cathy Polinsky

    Cathy Polinsky

    CTO, Stitch Fix

    So It Turns Out You Do Need Product Managers

  • Rob Zuber

    Rob Zuber

    CTO, Circle CI

    Words Matter - Ubiquitous Language & Throughput

  • Edith Harbaugh

    Edith Harbaugh

    CEO/Cofounder, LaunchDarkly

    The wrong way to feature flag

  • Bryan Helmkamp

    Bryan Helmkamp

    Founder/CEO, Code Climate

    Lessons from our doomed pull requests

  • Drew Batshaw

    Drew Batshaw

    CTO, waggl

    How to Run Your Development Team Like You Only Have a Year to Live

  • Laks Srini

    Laks Srini

    CTO, Zenefits

    My experiments with Conway’s law

  • Bjorn Freeman-Benson

    Bjorn Freeman-Benson

    CTO, InVision

    Seventeen things that have bitten us but shouldn’t have

  • Ellen Chisa

    Ellen Chisa

    CEO/Cofounder, Dark

    Matching product validation strategy to company stage

  • heather rivers

    heather rivers

    CTO, Mode Analytics

    Lessons from the Black Box

  • Russell Smith

    Russell Smith

    CTO, RainforestQA

    Quality vs. QA

  • Randy Shoup

    Randy Shoup

    VP Engineering, WeWork

    Moving Fast at Scale

  • Julia Grace

    Julia Grace

    Senior Director of Infrastructure Engineering, Slack

    10 Lessons Learned from Building Engineering Teams Under Pressure

  • Kwame Thomison

    Kwame Thomison

    Principal, Magnetic Management Consulting

    Cheat Codes for Managing Application Performance

  • Ron Lichty

    Ron Lichty

    Consulting VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting

    Making Your Dream (Team) Come True

  • Cherise Esparza-Gutierrez

    Cherise Esparza-Gutierrez

    Co-Founder & CTO, SecurityGate

    Toughest words a CTO says - Hold on the code

  • Johnny Ray Austin

    Johnny Ray Austin

    Head of Navigation Data, Mapbox

    RPC - Remote People Call - Managing Globally Distributed Teams

  • Beth Andres-Beck

    Beth Andres-Beck

    Software Engineering Manager, The Long-Term Stock Exchange

    Diversity Is the Bar

  • Robert Stewart

    Robert Stewart

    CTO, Castlight Health

    A Tale of Two Companies

  • Tara Hernandez

    Tara Hernandez

    Engineering Manager, Google

    Angst Aikido - The Art of Making Scary Engineering Culture Change

  • Jez Humble

    Jez Humble

    CTO, DevOps Research and Assessment

    What I Learned from 4 Years of Researching the Crap out of devOps!


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 RainforestQA
  • 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

Flatiron School

Flatiron School, now a WeWork company, offers intensive software and data engineering consumer courses in NYC, DC, London, Houston, and online. Through an innovative curriculum and proven teaching methodology, the team has successfully trained and placed hundreds of graduates. In 2018 Flatiron School launched Flatiron School for Enterprise, a full suite of live, customizable corporate training solutions. From upskilling to onboarding, Flatiron School for Enterprise can design a tailored program to fit the unique needs of any organization.

iTechArt

iTechArt, a software development company, helps VC-backed startups and fast-growing tech companies build successful, scalable products that users love. With more than 1000 brilliant minds available, iTechArt is able to meet any unique technology or software development need. Our forte is agile dedicated teams who rock in Web, Mobile, Big Data, QA & Testing, and DevOps. Check our website or reviews on Clutch.co to learn more.

Code Climate

Code Climate’s engineering process insights and automated code review for GitHub and GitHub Enterprise help you ship better software, faster.

Fivetran

Businesses that embrace agile analytics trust Fivetran fully-managed data connectors. With as little as a 5-minute setup, Fivetran replicates all your applications, databases, events and file storage into your data warehouse. Focus on data-backed decisions instead of ETL management. With Fivetran zero maintenance, zero configuration data pipelines, sync your data in minutes, not months. Learn more by visiting their website.

LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform that software teams use to build better software, faster. Development teams use feature management as a best practice to separate code deployments from feature releases. With LaunchDarkly teams control their entire feature lifecycles from concept to launch to value.

LightStep

Monitor what matters most and diagnose anomalies within seconds across web, mobile, monoliths, and microservices.

InVision

RainforestQA

Heimdall Data

The venue

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