What we're about

Become the leader you've always wanted to work for. The Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community (SVELC) brings together current and aspiring innovation leaders to discuss what technical leaders need to know and how we can put that knowledge into action.

Topics run a full gamut of technical, team building, and professional development topics. Many of our past programs are available on the SV-ELC YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVe3Xf5B3bGE4AhMBpOPANQ

Join us at our next meet up - make networking with a growing community of engineering leaders part of your career strategy.

We know all too well that relationships last longer than jobs in Silicon Valley.

Upcoming events (2)

Leadership Academy: Engage Your Team with 9 Individualized Motivation Strategies

One of the biggest challenges for new managers is understanding what motivates their team members. Likely, new managers have a good idea of what motivates themselves, and they may project their own motivation onto others. That strategy may or may not work. Some individuals may have completely different motivations, and a new manager may struggle to understand those differences. The Enneagram is a tool that describes nine distinct personality styles, each with a distinct - and distinctly different - motivation. By knowing the Enneagram style of team members, and by understanding each person’s intrinsic motivation, the aspiring leader can dramatically increase team engagement. Talk Highlights • Enneagram Quiz—participants assess their Enneagram dynamics • Enneagram Overview—review of the nine Enneagram styles • Focus on application of Enneagram to understanding motivations • Appreciate the value of Enneagram style diversity in teamwork BIO: Matt Schlegel As a systems thinker, Matt Schlegel has always been fascinated by team dynamics and what makes some teams successful while others fail. Matt's degrees in general engineering from Harvey Mudd College and electrical engineering from the University of California San Diego provided formal training in problem solving, especially in solving technical and engineering problems. As he worked on bigger projects, Matt realized that successful problem solving was contingent more on effective teamwork than technical prowess. Matt began studying the Enneagram in 2002 and started applying it in corporate settings in 2003. In 2004, he began developing the tools that Schlegel Consulting (www.evolutionaryteams.com) now uses to optimize team-based problem solving for innovative companies. His realization that the Enneagram can be applied to the analysis of teams as well as individuals led to the tools and strategies for work-team effectiveness described in his book, Teamwork 9.0. AGENDA: 5:00 - 5:30 Networking 5:30 - 6:30 Presentation via Zoom 6:30 Networking 6:45 Join networking for the Evening Presentation LOCATION: Online via Zoom (URL shows up when you register) TONIGHT'S SPONSORS: Peter Bell/CTO Connection - When was the last time you invested a full day in “sharpening the saw”? If you’re technical and manage engineers, share problems and get answers at the CTO Summit series - regional, single day, single track events designed to help you to connect with and learn from your peers. Find out more here: https://www.ctoconnection.com/virtual Chris Sims - Agile Learning Labs - Agile Learning Labs has been offering Scrum training and coaching for well over a decade. They have helped many well-known Silicon Valley companies adopt Scrum. Chris Sims teaches workshops including Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and the new Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner workshop. Agile Learning Labs offers classes in Redwood City and San Francisco. They also offer training and coaching customized for your company and delivered at your site. You can find them online at: https://agilelearninglabs.com/

SVELC: Designing for Gender-Inclusivity Software

Online event

Gender inclusiveness in software companies is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor: software itself. Research shows that different people often work differently with software. Interestingly, some of these differences statistically cluster by gender. In this talk, we'll begin by presenting a method we call GenderMag, which can be used to find and fix "inclusivity bugs" -- gender biases in software that support people of one gender less well than people of another gender. As we'll explain, at the core of the method are 5 facets of cognitive style differences that are also statistically gender differences, drawn from a large body of foundational work from computer science, psychology, education, communications, and women's studies. We'll present some results of using GenderMag on real products - both commercial and open source - and finally focus on practices for taking the method into real world usage. BIOs: Margaret Burnett is a Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University. She began her career in industry, where she was the first woman software developer ever hired at Procter & Gamble Ivorydale. A few degrees and start-ups later, she joined academia, with a research focus on people who are engaged in some form of software development. She leads the team that created GenderMag, a software inspection process that uncovers gender inclusiveness issues in software from spreadsheets to programming environments. Burnett is an ACM Fellow, a member of the ACM CHI Academy, and a member of the Academic Alliance Advisory Board of the National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT). Anita Sarma is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University. Before this she was an Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln; a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University; and a doctoral student at University of California, Irvine. Through this journey her passion has been on helping humans make better software and work together. A primary focus of her research is in facilitating onboarding of newcomers and increasing diversity in open source projects. Overall, Dr. Sarma’s research has resulted in 60 peer-reviewed publications and won several best paper awards. Her work has been funded through National Science Foundation and Airforce (AFOSR). AGENDA: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking 7:00 - 7:10 Intro 7:10 - 8:30 Presentation 8:30 - 8:35 Closing 8:35 - 8:45 Networking LOCATION: Online via Zoom TONIGHT'S SPONSORS: Peter Bell/CTO Connection - When was the last time you invested a full day in “sharpening the saw”? If you’re technical and manage engineers, share problems and get answers at the CTO Summit series - regional, single day, single track events designed to help you to connect with and learn from your peers. Find out more here: https://www.ctoconnection.com/virtual Chris Sims - Agile Learning Labs - Agile Learning Labs has been offering Scrum training and coaching for well over a decade. They have helped many well-known Silicon Valley companies adopt Scrum. Chris Sims teaches workshops including Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and the new Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner workshop. Agile Learning Labs offers classes in Redwood City and San Francisco. They also offer training and coaching customized for your company and delivered at your site. You can find them online at: https://agilelearninglabs.com/

Past events (163)

SVELC: Better human feedback loops

Online event

Photos (1,667)