November Lightning Talks

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Auto Trader

First Street · Manchester M15 4FN

How to find us

Entrance to the offices is directly opposite Home

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This month we have a number of speakers who will be giving lightning talks.

Here are the talks we have planned, see below for more details...

- "Why you should look at Kubernetes if you are not already using it" - Dave Green
- “From Disengagement to Practical Value” - Paul Harding
- "My journey as an apprentice" - Chloe Hodgson
- "Why am I passionate about Serverless?" - Paul D'Ambra
- "From idea to production in 10 minutes" - Nick Ebbitt

As always, thanks to our hosts Auto Trader for their support.

"Why you should look at Kubernetes if you are not already using it"

A look at traditional Java deployments to the current trend of containerized deployments at scale.

Speaker: Dave Green

Dave is a Solutions Architect for MoneySuperMarket in charge of Finance & Back Office. In his 12 years at MoneySuperMarket Dave has held numerous roles from Tech Lead, Delivery Manager to Architect across pretty much all areas within MoneySuperMarket, working mainly with Java and AWS.

“From Disengagement to Practical Value”

Retrospectives are a key event in the Scrum and these are often overlooked as they are often deemed not to be necessary. Teams disengage as they frequently see no change after the meetings. During the lightning talk Paul will cover five improvements that you can make to improve your retrospectives and demonstrate their value.

Speaker: Paul Harding

When Paul is not out on one of his bicycles he is working at BookingGo as an Agile Coach. He has been working in this space for over 10 years after seeing a senior developer using the Scrum framework and saw the advantages of this over traditional project management.

"My journey as an apprentice"

Sharing my experiences, both good and bad, after almost 5 years of being an apprentice in the tech industry. I will talk about what I have found helpful and what was not so helpful on my journey to becoming a developer.

Speaker: Chloe Hodgson

Chloe is a Software Engineer in the Customer Tools and Billing squad at Auto Trader. She is currently completing a degree apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineering pathway) at MMU.

"Why am I passionate about Serverless?"

A lightning talk to try and explain why I believe Serverless is the future and why you should too

Speaker: Paul D'Ambra

Paul is Principal Engineer at Co-op Digital. He's worked in startups, not-for-profits and large enterprise organisations. And no longer has to cycle across Manchester in a panic to buy RJ45 cables to keep on premise systems running.

"From idea to production in 10 minutes"

In this talk, Nick will demonstrate the developer tooling and delivery platform capabilities that Auto Trader have implemented over the last 12 months to support their migration to Google Cloud Platform and Kubernetes.

Speaker: Nick Ebbitt

Nick works as a software engineer in the Infrastructure squad at Auto Trader. He's a Java developer at heart with an interest in ops.