The Case for ‘Developer Experience’ Online

Dec 7, 2021 · San Francisco, United States of America

Panel Discussion: The Case for ‘Developer Experience’
📍 Date: Tuesday, December 7 @ 10:00 AM PST

Today’s tech software stack is not a well-groomed garden but rather a rainforest filled with multiple languages, runtimes, services, APIs, and more. What’s needed to embrace the complexity? How do we expand our notion of developer experience and how we build, buy, and use developer tools?

Suppose the traditional Software Development Life Cycle is dead. Will a refined take on Developer Experience allow us to design for the inevitable evolution of software and tech stacks - organically evolving ecosystems, not centrally planned, monolithic entities?

Software teams will get increasingly bottlenecked on chaos in their software until we have a better way to observe and understand their systems. The future of developer experience hinges on better experience observability and complexity-exploring tools.

The next few years are going to be crucial for defining the future of developer experience. Join us to discuss the mind shift required to help developers get to where they need to go and embrace the rainforest.

🔹Jasmine James (Manager, Engineering Effectiveness at Twitter)
🔹Jean Yang (Founder and CEO at Akita Software)
🔹Leigh Capili (Staff Developer Advocate at VMware)
🔹Pat Gaughen (Engineering Manager at InfluxData)
🔹Moderator: Kai Gray (Co-Founder & CEO, Motive)

Speakers Info
🔶 Jasmine James, Manager, Engineering Effectiveness (Twitter)
Jasmine is an engineering manager at Twitter, leading the developer experience pillar in the engineering effectiveness organization. Previously, she worked at Delta Air Lines, enabling cloud-native application development by providing modern tooling and capabilities utilizing various CNCF projects to create a streamlined development experience.

🔶 Jean Yang, Founder and CEO (Akita Software)
Jean is a Founder and CEO at Akita Software, a Bay Area-based company to help companies get back in control of their data.
She was an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the Principles of Programming group and affiliated with the Pure and Applied Logic program. Jean also has an affiliate appointment in CMU's Computational Biology Department. You may read more about the active projects of her research group on our group website.

🔶 Leigh (Capili) Schrandt, Staff Developer Advocate (VMware)
Leigh is a Kubernetes Contributor and Staff Developer Advocate with VMware. He previously worked in Developer Experience with Weaveworks. He authored kubeadm's etcd mTLS implementation and is currently working toward k8s component standards and cluster-addons. Once, he helped design a functional state-store for data centers at DIRECTV/AT&T and worked to change the way people experience music at Beatport. Leigh enjoys snowboarding and has a 60lb dog named Pepsi.Cloud-Native

🔶 Pat Gaughen, Engineering Manager (InfluxData)
Pat Gaughen leads the engineering team that deploys our Cloud 2 SAAS offering into the clouds. She's passionate about software at scale, unicorns, and working with amazing people from all over the world. Before she joined InfluxData, she worked at Canonical and the IBM Linux Technology Center. She works from her basement office in Portland, Oregon

🔶 Moderator: Kai Gray, CEO and Co-founder (Motive)
Kai Gray is CEO & Co-Founder at Motive, the world’s largest consumer-oriented product rating service, about the impacts of brands on the issues that matter. Kai successfully grew Operations at Carbonite, then Upthere, acquired by data infrastructure giant, Western Digital in 2017. He takes particular joy in building great teams and watching people grow and learn as they become great leaders.

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