Optimizing Teams for Fast Flow

Many organizations are trying to evolve how they deliver technology to keep up with the competition, drive innovation and remain relevant. If organizations are not focused on flow of value to their customer (internal or external), results will be inconsistent and often unsustainable. Flow can be a tough concept to introduce into an organization and leaders often need to unlearn practices that defined success in the past (e.g., waterfall methodology, command & control decision-making, monolithic architecture).

This track will focus on patterns enabling fast flow and rapid delivery of software, including decision-making techniques, team dynamics, cultural & technical practices. Speakers will share practical guidance and experience leading teams optimized for fast flow.

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Session Optimization

Optimizing Teams for Fast Flow

Friday Dec 2 / 09:00AM PST

Do you find yourself asking how do we ensure teams are aligned, working together, and delivering value to the organization all while continuing to find optimization opportunities over time? How do we build intentional resilience, predictability and agility?

Speaker image - Collette Tauscher
Collette Tauscher

Director of Supply Chain Strategy @Columbia1938

Session Optimization

Modeling Patterns for Digital Transformation

Friday Dec 2 / 10:10AM PST

Digital transformation is not about new cool technologies, it’s a mindset shift and requires the awareness and understanding of customer needs.

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Asif Iqbal

Global Director, Digital & Experience Design @Alimentation Couche-Tard

Session Optimization

How to Win as a Tech Team in a New Reality That Feels Like a Mad Max Movie?

Friday Dec 2 / 11:20AM PST

Most of us can’t remember how we worked before the pandemic hit. I remember I used to catch a train to get to work every day at Nike’s European headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands. We were already a distributed team and had a fantastic infrastructure to connect with colleagues worldwide.

Speaker image - Mehnaaz Abidi
Mehnaaz Abidi

Vice President Product, Runtastic @adidas

Session Optimization

Navigating Complex Environments and Evolving Relationships

Friday Dec 2 / 12:30PM PST

Organizations evolve. Industry tools and practices change. Individuals have a wide array of opportunities.

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Jennifer Davis

Engineering Manager @Google

Track Host

Courtney Kissler

CTO @zulily

Courtney Kissler joined Zulily in January 2021 as CTO and SVP of Technology. Previously she was Vice President Global Technology at Nike accountable for building a re-usable seamless platform to power Nike Direct to Consumer experiences, core commerce services, user services, consumer data engineering and global retail solutions. She also led the Global Supply Chain, Fulfillment and Logistics teams worldwide and was driving transformation across the supply chain ecosystem. Prior to that, Courtney was the VP of Retail Technology at Starbucks where she led global POS and retail store technology experiences. Courtney spent 14 years at Nordstrom, starting in infrastructure and security, moving into delivery leadership roles with her last role being the Vice President of E-Commerce and Store technologies where she drove a technological transformation essential for outpacing the demands of today’s Omnichannel consumers. In all 3 organizations, Courtney drove transformation in ways of working, moving to more outcome-based delivery of technology using modern practices, including DevOps. Courtney brings diverse technology experience from startups, CyberSafe and WorldStream Communications, to beloved global brands.

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Track Host

Wes Reisz

Technical Principal @thoughtworks & Creator/Co-host of #TheInfoQPodcast, previously Platform Architect @VMware

Wes is a Technical Principal with Thoughtworks where his focus is on working with customers on app modernization, with a particular focus on the cloud native ecosystem. Prior to Thoughtworks, he was one of the Platform Architects at VMware focused on Tanzu. Wes also chairs the San Francisco edition of QCon and is one of the co-hosts of The InfoQ Podcast. His interests focus around architecture, cloud compute, app modernization, and, of course,  the cloud-native ecosystem.

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