What we're about

We are a group of people who lead teams of people who create software products and deliver software-based solutions in the Auckland region. We meet regularly to discuss common challenges and solutions.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Talent management: organisational design (including scaling), selection, retention, career-path-ing, performance measurement and management (the positive sort, not the process of showing people the door), leading technical people, culture, on-boarding and ramp-up, the gender gap, leveraging brilliant but difficult people (http://firstround.com/review/reddit-and-facebook-veteran-on-how-to-troubleshoot-troublemakers/?ct=t(How_Does_Your_Leadership_Team_Rate_12_3_2015)), graduate programmes, internships, remuneration and recognition, learning and development, formal training, supported formal education (technical and business), leadership development, managing under-performance

Sourcing and partnering: out-sourcing, off-shoring, near-shoring, in-sourcing, recruitment, off-shore hiring, employment brand, government funding and support, distributed teams, distributed team members, contractors

Practice: TDD, BDD/SBE, code reviews, planning sessions, demos, continuous integration, continuous deployment, pair programming, wire-framing, technical writing, performance testing and engineeringProcess: agile, scaled agile, lean, project management, product management, support and maintenance, working with implementation services teams, integrating UX and visual design, strategic planning, measurement, managing technical debt

Tools: workflow, engineering toolchains (design/dev/test/build/deploy), internal vs cloud, CI/CD/DevOps tools, knowledge sharing, knowledge management, team communication

Innovation: hackathons, Fedex days, "labs", “20% time”, research/prototype teams, processes to let good ideas bubble up, entrepreneurship, research commercialisation

Quality (with a capital “q”): quality management systems, audit, compliance, measuring quality, managing quality, educating teams on quality

Architecture: specialist teams and roles, process frameworks, patterns, business meets technology, infrastructure meets software, non-functional requirements

Technology: big and biggish data, cloud, never-ending list of libraries, frameworks, components….

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Panel Discussion: Q&A

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Kia Ora Everyone,

We are pleased to be getting our first meeting of 2022 of Auckland Software leaders group up and running.

The meeting format will be a discussion panel with four of our leaders answering questions from the floor and addressing two main topics:

1. The pathways and challenges of transitioning from developer to manager.
2. How software companies are addressing the challenges around having their teams working from home and remotely.

Our Panel Leaders are as follows:

David Shepherd - Global Head, Software Development, Henry Schein One: Dave has been in software development over 20 years. He worked at Air NZ for 13 years with the last 7 years as a GM responsible for software engineering, application support and IT operations. Dave is currently Global Head of Product and Development for Henry Schein One in Auckland.

Nigel Beach - CTO, Sienz: Nigel has been in software development for over 20 years, and is experienced in agile development, team management, technical architecture and being a company director. He worked at Compac for 20 years designing fruit sorting machines, during which he built a large development team. Nigel recently joined Sienz as their CTO, running a team based in Argentina, Spain and Uruguay.

Tim Cooper - Head of Development, NZ Superfund: Tim’s experience includes team management, leadership and technical architecture. Coaching, facilitation, mentoring, Agile transformation. Tim has delivered projects with multi-discipline development teams across Hong Kong, UK, US, Australia and Japan.

Greg Bryant - Software Development Manager, TOMRA Fresh Food. Greg has worked in software development for over 20 years, including 10 years at Eventfinda in a hands-on CTO role. His current role of Software Development Manager at TOMRA is his first software role where he doesn't get to write code every week.

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