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Book: Internal Tech Conferences

Internal Tech Conferences

Victoria Morgan-Smith and Matthew Skelton

Internal tech conferences can make a significant impact on an organisation's level of sharing, learning, and communication by accelerating multi-team learning across technology departments. An increasing number of enlightened organisations are using this powerful approach to spread and embed new ideas and practices.

In this book we share practical advice on how to prepare, run, and follow-up on an internal tech conference, together with some case studies from several organisations showing the approaches in common and the adaptations for each situation.

Audience

This book is for people involved in technology leadership in some form: people in "official" positions of leadership (CIO, CTO, Head of Engineering, IT Operations Manager, etc.) and those in more informal technology leadership positions, such as team leaders, senior engineers, and people who simply like to lead by example. Having been in such positions ourselves, we (Victoria and Matthew) want to help other technology leaders to devise and run successful internal tech conferences to act as a key strategic differentiator for organisations building software systems.

Details

  • Publication date: April 2019

  • Pages: 127

  • Formats: Leanpub (PDF, Mobi, ePub), print

  • Twitter: @IntTechConf

Authors


Errata

None as of 2019-04-02

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Author: Victoria Morgan-Smith

Victoria Morgan-Smith

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Victoria Morgan-Smith is Director of Delivery, Internal Products at the Financial Times, where she has been helping teams succeed since 2009. Before this she was a developer for 9 years, a background which fuels her interest in finding fun ways to coach, energise and motivate teams into self-organising units. She is passionate about collaboration beyond the team, adopting agile principles to get under the skin of what will deliver measurable business value around the organisation.

Twitter: @VictoriaJMS

LinkedIn: victoriamorgansmith

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Author: Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton

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Matthew Skelton is Head of Consulting at Conflux, where he specialises in Continuous Delivery, operability and organisation dynamics for software in manufacturing, ecommerce, and online services, including cloud, IoT, and embedded software.

Recognised by TechBeacon in 2018 as one of the top 100 people to follow in DevOps, Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at devopstopologies.com and is co-author of the books Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O’Reilly, 2016), Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016), and Team Topologies (IT Revolution Press, 2019).

Twitter: @matthewpskelton

LinkedIn: matthewskelton

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