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Meet other local current or aspiring innovative innovation leaders who are interested in engineering leadership as a strategic competency. This community is a vital part of any technical leader's career strategy.

Our mutual objective:

To become the kind of leaders we've always wanted to work for.

Discuss the full gamut of engineering leadership: inspiring, aligning, co-creating, communicating, speaking, writing, values, learning, complimenting, appreciating, recognizing, teaching, strategizing, chunking-down, improving, bootstrapping, being on time, networking, team-building, direction-setting, career planning, project developing, training, certification, recruiting, organization structure, inter-departmental relations, adapting, retrospecting, ... the works.

Remember: Relationships last longer than jobs in Silicon Valley.

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SVELC: Engineering Leadership in Safety-Critical Applications

Engineering Leadership in Safety-Critical Applications, Where Run-Around-And-Break-Things doesn’t cut it. Some Silicon Valley Engineering environments have thrived on a culture of “Run Around and Break Things” and “Fake It Until You Make It”. Such an approach might be temporarily suitable in some applications, but it is not suitable in safety-critical applications. Dr. John van Heteren, Director of Treatment Delivery Applied Research at Varian Medical Systems, will present lessons learned from working both in and out of “regulated” development. You’ll hear about mistakes made in safety-critical applications (more than just the mistakes made by Theranos), what regulatory attempts have been made to minimize such mistakes in future designs, and how Engineering Leaders can guide and motivate their design teams to deal with regulations. SPEAKER: John van Heteren Dr. John van Heteren, Director of Treatment Delivery Applied Research at Varian Medical Systems AGENDA: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking / food 7:00 - 7:10 Intro 7:10 - 8:30 Presentation 8:30 - 8:35 Closing 8:35 - 8:45 Networking LOCATION: Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station. TONIGHT'S SPONSOR:

SVELC: Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Engineering Leaders

Why is it people get promoted for their technical expertise to take on a management role, but aren’t offered training to gain expertise for the non-tangible skills they will use to lead and motivate people? And similarly, how is it we expect our team leaders to know every answer to every challenge when they have limited leadership experience? The secret that many successful engineering managers and technical leaders have discovered is that Leadership Is Not a Solo Sport. The leader or manager title doesn’t require you to know all the answers. Those managers who try to be all-knowing and all-powerful often fail in their efforts because they forget that their teams are made up of very talented people with a variety of experiences that can be leveraged. Join the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community to recognize and hone the four superpowers technical leaders - every one of us - have within ourselves to build and lead excellent teams. This interactive session will provide you insights to help you transform your intangible leadership qualities into tangible winning strategies. Come prepared to participate in a team scrimmage session that will help you: • channel your innate leadership capabilities • integrate the facets of non-tangible leadership traits • mentor up and coming leaders SPEAKER: Susan Schwartz Susan Schwartz, PMP, is expert in making the complicated simple. She works with teams to delve through complex layers and identify the essential issue. She enables leaders to build effective teams that acclimate and thrive within changing environments. Throughout her career, she has led a variety of corporate and government teams successfully through technology deployments and organizational changes which resulted in improved core operating procedures. Last year, Susan published her first book, Creating a Greater Whole: A Project Manager‘s Guide to Becoming a Leader, which unlocks the not-so-secret secrets of how aspiring managers can become strong leaders. Its practical “outcome-tested” strategies and thought-provoking questions offer individuals a tool to craft a personalized framework to help them learn how to help people come together to create something larger than themselves. Susan recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Washington, DC and is enjoying getting acquainted with the area. Among her new adventures, she has become an adjunct instructor at UC Berkeley teaching within the Project Management Leadership curriculum. AGENDA: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking / food 7:00 - 7:10 Intro 7:10 - 8:30 Presentation 8:30 - 8:35 Closing 8:35 - 8:45 Networking LOCATION: Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station. TONIGHT'S SPONSOR: Albin Engineering: Our sponsor Albin Engineering prides themselves on "listening" to their clients, then delivering the "Right" solutions, the right candidates, the right technical expertise. Learn more at Albin Engineering (http://www.AESI.com)

SVELC: Leadership Styles For Successful Agile Transformation

Transforming an organization to become more agile requires leadership, but what kind of leadership? When? Who needs to lead? And how? Chris Sims guides you through the process of mapping the styles of leadership that will be needed at various points in your company’s agile transformation. You will learn the six leadership styles that Daniel Goleman described in his Harvard Business Review Study "Leadership That Gets Results” and you will learn when each style is effective. We'll mix in the Satir Change Model, which describes how people and organizations process their way through change. Participants will work in small groups to synthesize these two models, creating a map for applying different leadership styles at various points along the change curve of an agile transformation. There is no correct answer. Each group will create a map based on their experiences. Chris will facilitate a final review of the created maps to share insights and deepen understanding. SPEAKER: Chris Sims Chris Sims is a certified scrum trainer, agile coach, and recovering C++ developer who helps organizations improve their productivity and happiness. Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs, https://www.agilelearninglabs.com/ , and the co-author of two best-selling scrum books: The Elements of Scrum, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982866917/ , and Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction, https://www.amazon.com/Scrum-Breathtakingly-Brief-Agile-Introduction/dp/193796504X . He has published over 50 articles on agile topics at InfoQ, https://www.infoq.com/profile/Chris-Sims , and even more of his writing can be found on the Agile Learning Labs blog. Before starting Agile Learning Labs, Chris made a living in roles such as: scrum master, product owner, engineering manager, project manager, software engineer, musician, and auto mechanic. AGENDA: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking / food 7:00 - 7:10 Intro 7:10 - 8:30 Presentation 8:30 - 8:35 Closing 8:35 - 8:45 Networking LOCATION: Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station. TONIGHT'S SPONSOR:

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