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Operation Legacy: Creating a Thriving Culture for Continuously Improving Teams

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Business leaders want proof that Servant Leadership isn’t just another fad. Yet, they demand treating others with dignity and respect, and they are intent upon helping everyone learn and grow. They know that people are their most important resource.

You have a decision when it comes to your team: to have people who are just there for the check… or a community that’s excited about working together. This means living the values that attracted everyone in the first place.
Values are like magnets,
• They are what a company markets to attract like-minded people… recruiting.

When you live your values,
• You create a unique culture, and retain your best people… retention

Servant Leadership: Be a Guiding Light for Your Team

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“40% of first time managers fail within the first 18 months”
Good leadership is hard to find. Managers who want to be true leaders earn trust, build relationships, and develop winning teams crave the fundamentals often dismissed. This session explores the basics you need to succeed with the proven merits of servant leadership:
“Companies that did business from a foundation of love and purpose and practiced servant leadership produced a 1026% return to shareholders over a 10-year period, 8 times more than ‘Good to Great’ companies.” (Coetzer, 2019)

Relate & Communicate: Building Bridges and Connecting with Others

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Excellent interpersonal skills are the most powerful skills you can possess and miscommunication occurs when we overlook or ignore different styles. Building successful relationships requires more than a “meet them half-way” approach. To banish this limited mindset and enjoy deeper relationships, you have to learn how to connect with others.

This program will show you how to recognize and respond to varying communication styles, especially critical within any collaborative environment. Not only will this program help you professionally, but in your personal life, social gatherings, and everything in between.

Brains are dumb; Learn Better.

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“Technology is an ever growing field.” You’ve probably heard that your whole career. Doesn’t it feel like lately it’s been growing much faster than before? Processing has been moved from the server to the client; servers have moved from closets to The Cloud; Microsoft has moved from Windows to Linux. How can you possibly keep up with all of these gigantic shifts? In this session, we will learn how the brain really works to digest new pieces of information and assimilate knowledge. There will be some psychology, there will be some humor (so long as your sense of humor lines up with mine), and above all, there will be learning. In the end, you will walk away with a better understanding of your brain and some new tactics to guide your learning in more effective ways.

GraphQL in Complex Ruby on Rails Backends: how to anticipate success and failure, at scale.

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By now, the hype of GraphQL has surely made its way to your development team’s watercooler talk, whether in casual conversation, or in serious considerations about building your company’s next API, but how does one separate the fact from the hype around this new technology?

In some cases, GraphQL is a great solution; for others, it is not. For particular data stores, a GraphQL interface is an asset; for others it brings with it the possibility of enormous (and, perhaps, very unexpected) computational complexity. After cutting many respective teeth on these victories and failures, I thought the best way to move past them (and learn from them) is to organize them, and try to help others on the same path.

This talk will not just be a “REST vs GraphQL” cage-match. This talk will walk you through real experiences, born in production environments that relished in the promise of GraphQL’s flexibility, but also paid dearly in pain-points and bottlenecks, so hopefully you can anticipate much of these things yourself and build beautiful Ruby APIs with ease.

Thinking Differently About Code: The Arduino.

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In this proposed session, I will briefly discuss the early history of Microcomputers such as the TRS 80 Model 4, the TRS 80 Color Computer, the Apple II, the Commodore, the Apple Lisa and the PC. I will also briefly discuss the history of microchip programming. Next, I will discuss the history of the Arduino, the Open Source prototyping platform and how it lead to the Single Board computer (i.e. the Raspberry Pi) and how this has brought technology full circle, to a second microcomputer revolution.
As I talk, I will build an Arduino circuit on a solderless breadboard, install a bootloader on the chip, and upload an Arduino sketch.
There are two objectives of this presentation. The first is to reinforce a simple concept in development: Sensor > Processing > Actuator. In other words, Input -> Processing -> Output. The second goal is to encourage attendees to think of code not linearly but more like a circuit.
At the end of the presentation, I will demonstrate a working Arduino on a solderless breadboard.
I recently gave this very presentation to a group of 10 people and it was very well received.

Delivering Real-World Azure Governance with Azure Blueprints

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DevOps has continued to evolve the way IT teams deliver value. Business agility has become a necessity as companies improve their Time-To-Market while innovating in the cloud. While embarking on your cloud journey, it’s important that the security & compliance of your platform is meeting your enterprise standards.

In this session, we will look at streamlining Azure governance using Azure Blueprints, Policies, and Management Groups to help provide guidance for teams to ensure compliance and control costs. This is accomplished without sacrificing the agility that the development teams need to meet evolving business needs.

Delivering Ideas to Production with Azure DevOps

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How do you get your ideas to customers faster? Utilize Azure DevOps for tracking your ideas to production in your entire organization from strategic initiatives to work being done by teams to the pipelines deploying modern applications from development through production. In this talk, I will talk through how to use Azure DevOps for Agile Project Management for any size organization and how to manage the work at the team level including work items, test cases, and code. Finally, I show how to visualize and measure the work of the team and how it rolls up to the platform and portfolio levels.

Data Analytics in Azure: our journey and experience

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We are building an Analytic Platform in Microsoft Azure cloud that will provide enriched datasets to allow analysts to efficiently provide impactful analyses, reports, visualizations etc. to support business initiatives. This platform will primarily take advantage of platform-as-a-service based components in Azure to create a flexible yet powerful environment for analysts to explore and experiment with data.
To provision the components of our platform we leverage ARM templates deployed through an automated deployment pipeline. This process ensures the platform is created the same way across each environment while also allowing us to adhere to our compliance and regulatory needs. This pipeline ultimately increases the consistency, reliability, and rate of our deployments.

The Role of Leadership in Best-in-Class Development

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It’s currently a seller’s market for talent, and among all professions, engineering is near the top of the list when it comes to scarcity of talent. The companies that are most successful today when it comes to recruiting and retaining engineering talent know the value of a healthy work culture.

In this session, Tommy Vacek (Director of Engineering at Flywheel) and Blake Hoogeveen (Co-Owner at MindSet) will share several proven insights and techniques that Flywheel has used to develop its leaders and gain notoriety as being one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha. Attendees will leave this session with actionable ideas that will help them return to their company and improve their culture.