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The Virtual CTO Summit Series

Tuesday, May 12th 2020
-> Tuesday, September 1st 2020
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If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers at The Virtual CTO Summit Series.

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.

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The speakers

Confirmed speakers include the CTOs of Shopify, Greenhouse, Stitch Fix, Optimizely, Gremlin, Honeycomb, CircleCI,, and ThoughtWorks, the technical founders of LaunchDarkly and Bugsnag and VPE’s from Dropbox, Code Climate, eBay, Buffer, Netlify, Indeed, GitHub, Etsy, Flatiron Health, Andela, Fastly, Clubhouse and more!

The Summits

This summit series is comprised of 17 weekly summits - every Tuesday at 10am PT/1pm ET. Each summit is just 90-120 minutes in length but includes 3-5, fifteen minute talks by senior engineering leaders and a half hour, moderated panel discussion where you can share your questions and get answers tailored to your specific organizations needs.

Previous summits

  • Picking your priorities

    Tuesday, May 12th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How should you think about reinventing your business model and re-prioritizing features?

    • Glyn Roberts, CTO of Digital Solutions, iTechArt

      Changing priorities for changing times

    • Francois Toubol, CTO, Livly

      Reality check: startups and layoffs

    • Andrea Goulet, CEO, Corgibytes

      From fires to features: a framework for technical debt timing and staffing

    • Edith Harbaugh, CEO, LaunchDarkly

      Better product prioritization

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  • Managing technical debt

    Tuesday, May 19th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How and when should you reduce technical debt?

    • Rebecca Parsons, CTO, ThoughtWorks

      Assessing and monitoring technical debt

    • Cathy Polinsky, CTO, Stitch Fix

      Moving fast: Balancing innovation and tech investments

    • James Smith, Cofounder & CEO, Bugsnag

      How to have “The Talk”: Measuring and addressing technical debt

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  • Remote for the long run

    Tuesday, May 26th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How do you improve your remote practices to make them a sustainable source of competitive advantage?

    • Katie Womersley, VP Engineering, Buffer

      Building & scaling distributed teams

    • Michael Stahnke, VP Platform, CircleCI

      Making a distributed working environment work well

    • Andrew Montalenti, Founder/CPO, Parsely

      Lessons learned from running a fully remote engineering management book club with my team

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  • Building a culture of experimentation

    Tuesday, June 9th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How can you run experiments more effectively to make sure you’re building the right thing, not just building things right?

    • Kwame Thomison, Founder, Magnetic

      Moving fast and slow: A tale of two cultures

    • Kimberly Wiefling, Founding Member, Silicon Valley Alliances

      Scrappy Design Thinking - An Appetizer

    • Lawrence Bruhmuller, CTO, Optimizely

      Building experimentation into your software delivery culture

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  • Cutting your costs

    Tuesday, June 16th 2020 - 120 minutes

    Approaches to reducing your expenses

    • Colin Bodell, VP Engineering, Shopify Plus

      Approaches to reducing your expenses

    • Ryan Neu, Founder, Vendr

      How to negotiate with SaaS vendors: lessons from a former head of sales

    • Tim Buntel, CPO, CloudZero

      Shift costs left

    • Abiade Adedoyin, Business Development Manager, AWS

      Four ways to reduce your AWS bills

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  • Improving application resilience

    Tuesday, June 23rd 2020 - 90 minutes

    How can you improve the resilience and stability of your applications?

    • Charity Majors, CTO,

      Observability-Driven Development (ODD) is the new TDD

    • Matthew Fornaciari, CTO & Cofounder, Gremlin

      Operational Maturity: Reactive to Proactive

    • Rob De Feo, AWS startup advocate, AWS

      An introduction to building resilient applications

    • Heidi Waterhouse, Senior Developer Advocate, LaunchDarkly

      Go Faster, Be Safer

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  • Scaling your app

    Tuesday, June 30th 2020 - 90 minutes

    Architecting for scale

    • Ann Lewis, CTO,

      Rachel Maddow is the new Slashdot Effect

    • Sha Ma, VP Engineering, GitHub

      Future Proofing - Architecture for Explosive Growth

    • Randy Shoup, VP Engineering and Chief Architect , eBay

      Scaling your architecture over the long term

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  • Scaling your team

    Tuesday, July 7th 2020 - 120 minutes

    Structuring your org for scale

    • Jean Michel Lemieux, CTO, Shopify

      Stealing from operating systems to scale your team

    • Mike Boufford, CTO, Greenhouse

      Hiring insights: then & now

    • Andrew Fong, VP of Infrastructure, Dropbox

      How to scale an agile engineering org

    • Rachana Kumar, VP Engineering, Etsy

      Leading through Rapid Change and Transformation in Tech

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  • Improving your interview process

    Tuesday, July 14th 2020 - 90 minutes

    Practical advice and information on effective hiring practices for your team

    • Cat Miller, VP Engineering, Flatiron Health

      Evolving the Hiring Process for Hyper-Growth

    • Adam Zimman, VP Platform, LaunchDarkly

      Building a team vs. Building a feature

    • Shannon Hogue Brown, Head of Solutions Engineering, Karat

      Engineering the Technical Interview

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  • Managing through metrics

    Thursday, July 16th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How can you effectively use engineering metrics to better understand and engage with your team?

    • Ale Paredes, VP Engineering, Code Climate

      Leveraging engineering metrics to drive alignment

    • Dalia Havens, VP Engineering, Netlify

      Using metrics to lead a fully distributed team

    • Jack Humphrey, VP Engineering, Indeed

      Accelerating delivery with metrics-driven insights

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  • Reducing engineering cycle time

    Tuesday, July 21st 2020 - 120 minutes

    How can you help your team to deliver more value in less time?

    • Edith Harbaugh, CEO, LaunchDarkly

      One trillion features a day - lessons learned

    • Kolton Andrus, CEO & Cofounder, Gremlin

      How many nines of availability are enough?

    • Blaga Lund, VP of Engineering, Intent

      Balanding process and people

    • Juan Pablo Buritica, Engineering Lead, Stripe

      A primer on engineering delivery metrics

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  • Moving to microservices

    Tuesday, July 28th 2020 - 90 minutes

    A thoughtful approach to moving from a monolith to microservices

    • Rob Zuber, CTO, CircleCI

      Microservices: Just Another Tool in the Toolbox

    • Chris Richardson, Founder/CEO, Eventuate

      Decompose your monolith: when and how to incrementally refactor to microservices

    • Christina Zhong, Director of Engineering, Holland & Barrett

      Digital transformation into microservices

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  • Improving your onboarding

    Tuesday, August 4th 2020 - 90 minutes

    Approaches to improving the effectiveness of your developer onboarding - in person or online

    • Claudius Mbemba, CTO, neu

      The secret to engineer onboarding excellence

    • Heidi Williams, Director of Engineering, Grammarly

      Setting New Senior Hires up for Success

    • Fred Lee, CTO,

      Three things I hate about your onboarding

    • Wambui Kinya, VP Partner Engineering, Andela

      Onboarding that accelerates development and delivery

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  • Managing and optimizing microservice-based applications

    Thursday, August 6th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How to effectively leverage microservices

    • Ran Ribenzaft, CTO/Cofounder, Epsagon

      Optimizing engineering efficiency through observability

    • Paula Paul, Distinguished Engineer, greyshore

      The persistence of memory

    • Daniel Bryant, Product Architect,

      The past, present and future of cloud native API gateways

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  • Securing your applications

    Tuesday, August 11th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How to improve the security of your applications

    • Aaron Bedra, Employee, DRW

      The Security Minded CTO

    • Eleanor Saitta, Founder , Systems Structure

      So You've Realized You Need to Get Serious About Security...

    • Cobus Bernard, Senior Developer Advocate, AWS

      How ML is shaping cloud security

    • Scott Gerlach, Cofounder, StackHawk

      Three reasons dvs struggkle with application security

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  • Trends in serverless adoption

    Tuesday, August 18th 2020 - 90 minutes

    How, where and why does it make sense to adopt serverless technologies like Lambda?

    • Nick Rockwell, SVP Engineering, Fastly

      The Curious State of Serverless Platforms

    • Farrah Campbell, Director, Stackery

      Empowering careers with serverless

    • Jeremy Garcia, Director of Technical Community & Open Source, Datadog

      Serverless Adoption & Usage Report

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  • Structuring your org

    Tuesday, August 25th 2020 - 90 minutes

    Approaches to picking the right structure for your engineering org

    • Matt Holford, Engineering Director, Etsy

      What I learned from six years of team structures

    • Heidi Helfand, Director of R&D, Excellence, Procore

      5 Ways to Get Better at Reteaming when Scaling Your Company

    • Ron Lichty, Interim VP Eng, Ron Lichty Consulting

      Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity and Joy

    • Zach Ozer, VP Engineering, Clubhouse

      Deploying squads at Clubhouse

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  • Getting started with Data Science

    Tuesday, September 1st 2020 - 90 minutes

    How to build out an effective data science function within your org

    • Jon Morra, Chief Data Scientist, ZEFR

      From zero to data science: Building your first team

    • Rossella Blatt Vital, Director of Data Science, Trunk Club

      How to operationalize Machine Learning for success

    • Jonathan Lenaghan, Dirctor of Engineering, Datadog

      How a DS team can work effectively in large engineering org

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