James Stanier

(He / him / his)

Director of Engineering @Shopify

Dr. James Stanier is a computer science Ph.D who made the jump from software engineer to manager and has never looked back. He is a Director of Engineering at Shopify. James has written about his experiences on his blog The Engineering Manager, and recently published "Become An Effective Software Engineering Manager" with Pragmatic Programmers. His next book, "Effective Remote Working" is due to be finished this year.

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Session

The Spectrum of Synchronousness

With 2020 being a year of unexpected distributed working, and with the future of our industry looking more remote, being able to wield the right tools for communicating efficiently has never been more important.

We need to shift to asynchronous communication for remote working. But when, why and how? We’ll go through a spectrum of communication--–from synchronous to asynchronous--–and plot our common workplace interactions on it, pre- and post- remote work. How has the world changed? How can we do better? From there, we’ll also consider how the permanence of our communication varies as we move along the spectrum and what that might mean as companies scale. We'll also think about what it means to feel happy and connected, and why that means we need to purposefully break the rules. 

You'll leave this talk with practical tips and tricks that you can take away and implement immediately with your colleagues.

Date

Monday Nov 1 / 10:10AM PDT (40 minutes)

Track

From Remote to Hybrid Teams: Return to Office?

Topics

Remote TeamsDistributed TeamsTeam CollaborationAgileCommunicationTools

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PANEL DISCUSSION

Remote and Hybrid Teams Panel

The future of teams is increasingly looking personalized... kind of like your Netflix queue. The removal of the expectation and the obligation to be physically present in the same room is providing opportunities for teams to experiment, learn and adopt practices that confer both flexibility and efficiency.

In this panel, hear from a motley of folks who have experienced this new world from a variety of perspectives - from a traditional office setting to remote-first or remote-friendly to a hybrid one! From joining, to being successful in, to building a productive hybrid team!

Date

Monday Nov 1 / 12:10PM PDT (40 minutes)

Track

From Remote to Hybrid Teams: Return to Office?

Topics

Remote TeamsDistributed TeamsTeam CollaborationAgileCommunicationTools

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