Thursday, October 6, 2011

Announcing the Next EL SIG Meeting, October 20 [Robert Lasater]

The next meeting of the Engineering Leadership SIG will be held on Thursday, October 20, in the Baltic/Caribbean rooms in SAP Building 2 (3412 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA), starting at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Title of the main presentation, "Trust everybody, but cut the cards - The Secrets to Building Sustainable Teams", by Will Read - Director of Engineering, Stageit Corp.

Software engineers in the Bay Area have their choice of jobs, and leaving one company for another is often a very lucrative move. It can be challenging to make new hires without having worry about turnover too. In this talk, I will show you how to create an environment that provides intrinsic value to its developers. I will also share what it ...means to be part of a team instead of a collection of individuals occupying the same physical space. In the end, it will all come down to making the right hires and setting the tone for a place that is safe to be honest and creative.

Will Read leads the company’s developers who code and maintain the systems behind the StageIt platform. Prior to joining StageIt, Will worked at Pivotal Labs, a consultancy known for its high-quality software development practices. While at Pivotal, Will helped match the physical and digital music inventories for BestBuy, provide personalized "Who To Follow" suggestions to users for Twitter, and deliver real-time, localized, personalized deals to users on desktop and mobile devices for Groupon. He began his career working for various start-ups including Jobvite, a leading job referral web service. Will holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.

6:15 - 6:30 Early arrival recommended!

6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin

6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking

6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable

7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements

7:10 - 8:20 Keynote and Q&A

8:20 - 8:30 Closing announcements

8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A

8:45 - 8:50 Clean up

8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

BOOK SWAP - Every month! Bring books to share.

PEER-to-PEER Roundtable - Every month! Join us to share insights and advice with peers each month prior to the 7 PM event.


$20 at the door for non-SVForum members; no charge for SVForum members


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