Keynotes 2017

Can’t wait for DevSum18? Check out last year’s recorded keynotes. 

Keynote Day 1: Leadership – Kent Alstad

Hoping that next promotion or that next gig will make you a leader? Guess again. Leaders drive change through influence, commitment, and collaboration. Sure you can wait for a promotion or a better job, and maybe you can become a manager, but why wait? Growing your leadership skills will help you in your current position, your friendships and even your family. In this session you will learn how to grow your leadership skills on your timeline, and to make a more valuable contribution to your organization and the world at large.

Kent is an entrepreneur, software architect, and technology innovator. Before taking the role of VP Acceleration at Radware, Kent was CTO at Strangeloop Networks, where he was instrumental in authoring all of Strangeloop’s issued and pending patents. Prior to helping create Strangeloop, he served as CTO at IronPoint Technology. Kent also founded Eclipse Software, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, which he sold to Discovery Software in 2001. In more than 25 years of professional development, Kent has served as architect and lead developer for successful production solutions with The Active Network, ADP, Lucent, Microsoft, and NCS. ”Port View”, an application Kent architected for the Port of Vancouver, was honoured as Best Administrative System at the 1996 Windows World Open Competition.

Keynote Day 2: Edges In Software – Michael Feathers

Many software systems contain code that is littered with conditions and error checks. These checks obscure the code and make it less readable and less maintainable. In this keynote, Michael Feathers will discuss design and coding approaches that remove error cases or move them to other areas of code without adversely affecting functionality.

Michael Feathers is the Founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, a company specializing in software and organization design. Prior to forming R7K, Michael was the Chief Scientist of Obtiva and a consultant with Object Mentor International. Over the past 20 years he has consulted with hundreds of organizations, supporting them with general software design issues, process change and code revitalization. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Michael is also the author of the book Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Prentice Hall, 2004).