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Let’s Bake an A/B Test
Leemay Nassery, Author, Practical A/B Testing; Engineering Leader, Spotify

Have you ever baked a cake? You know, you add the flour, you add the sugar, you add the vanilla (but not too much, so it’s overpowered), then you put it in the oven, wait for the right amount of time to pass, and don’t peek at it too early, and voila you have your first cake. Baking your first cake is similar-ish to launching your first A/B test. In this lightning talk, we will walk through all the ingredients and flavors you need to bake an experiment.

Wisdom and Trivia: Getting Past Facts to Get to Information
Maurice Gaston, Software Development & Engineering Leader, Comcast

Getting Creative with HPA Scaling in Kubernetes
Drew Rogers, DevOps Engineer, SRE Consultant, and Sysadmin at Chariot Solutions

Scaling workloads have gotten faster and faster throughout the years, but what about the metrics that drive scaling? From virtual machines to pods in Kubernetes, the rules for scaling haven’t changed all that much. Your app’s CPU/Memory increases, scale up.

What if we had a way to fetch any metrics we want from internal or external sources? What if instead of waiting for increased utilization to scale our app, we can predict it? Using custom and external metrics, we can get creative with the rules that drive horizontal pods scaling in Kubernetes.

The Art of Problem-Solving: Strategies for Finding Your Way in the Dark
Gary Sieling, Principal Engineer, Certara

Software developers are often tasked with well-defined responsibilities. These include implementing small tickets or delivering large-scale features based on detailed specifications. Effective engineers develop many skills to be more effective in a structured environment, such as breaking down large units of work into small ones, coordinating tasks among a team, or hands on tasks like debugging code.

When building an entirely new product, you need to choose where to focus your attention to validate the idea quickly. This talk will discuss how to navigate exploratory projects to transform vague business objectives into the actionable work that software developers are skilled at executing.

A Simple Talent Development Program for a Sustainable Software Engineering Department
Sue Gerace, Engineering Manager, Certara

Does your current employer prefer to hire experienced engineers rather than entry level because of the cost of training? Do the entry level engineers at your workplace thirst for more technical knowledge, and do the senior engineers express a desire to share what they have learned throughout their careers? At Certara, our engineers inspired us to design a simple but effective early career engineering development program. This program not only benefits the entry level folks, but it also enriches the senior employees by utilizing a concept known as the Protégé effect.

This program is centered around food, tech talks, open discussions, mob programming and… fun. This talk will explore what we implemented, what worked, what didn’t work, and new additions suggested by our entry level folks.

Leemay Nassery
Engineering Leader, Spotify
Maurice Gaston
Software Development & Engineering Leader, Comcast
Drew Rogers
DevOps Engineer, SRE Consultant, Sysadmin at Chariot Solutions
Gary Sieling
Principal Engineer, Certara
Sue Gerace
Software Engineering Manager, Certara