Talks

The Lead Developer is programmed with invited speakers and successful applicants from our call for proposals.

Find out more about our invited speakers and their talks below. If you're interested in joining them, apply to our CFP.


Goal-Setting Workshops for Managers

Often when we talk about goals, they’re from the perspective of the individual: how do you come up with goals for yourself? How do you achieve those goals? It’s often framed as activities for you to reflect and consider on your own. Goal setting is presented as something you go off and do on your own, and then present back to your manager or team.

As a manager though, I noticed that often people don’t know where to start when examining their own goals and they need help and encouragement to take the time to consider on what their goals should be. This talk will focus on how to create custom goal-setting workshops to use during your 1-on-1s, which questions to ask and how to help your reports achieve and stay on top of those goals.

Melinda Seckington

Melinda Seckington

Technical Manager - FutureLearn


Using Agile Techniques to Build a More Inclusive Team

Building psychological safety in your teams is critical if you want them to perform at their best. The challenge is how to develop and encourage the trust and collaboration and to make sure that all voices are heard.

The agile community has developed facilitation exercises and tools that make conversations more democratic and inclusive. I have used some of these techniques with my teams for years and have found them incredibly valuable. I will teach you some of the agile methods that I use for large and small team meetings, brainstorms, and one-on-ones that encourage all team members to participate. These tools also help make sure that all voices are respected and valued.

Kevin Goldsmith

Kevin Goldsmith

CTO - Avvo


Talk details coming soon

Alice Goldfuss

Alice Goldfuss

Site Reliability Engineer - GitHub

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