How to Run your Development Team Like You Have Just One Year to Live

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A few years ago, Drew Batshaw, the Co-Founder and CTO of Waggl, ran an experiment. He picked a date one year in the future and lived that year as if he knew it would be his last. This experiment fundamentally changed Waggl and how Drew leads teams.

Drew will share what he learned from building a team that could survive without him.

Learn How To:
1) Build resilient teams that can survive the loss of any member including yourself
2) Make time for important strategic work that often gets put off due to day-to-day urgency

Drew Batshaw

Drew Batshaw is Co-Founder and CTO of Waggl, As a talented hands-on technical leader and accomplished developer, Drew leads teams with precision while also building an empowering culture across in-person and global, remote teams. As an executive coach with an MBA and 15+ years of leadership, Drew brings a unique ability to combine tech, business, and the human side of development.


6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy networking, along with wine, beer, soda, cheese, fruit, cold cuts, courtesy of tonight's sponsor
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:30 Keynote and Q&A
8:30 - 8:35 Closing announcements
8:35 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!


The Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you map it on Google Maps, the pointer to 3130 Hansen Way, about at the kink in Hansen Way, is actually where the closest parking lot is. The cafeteria building is the buff curvy-winged building due south of the kink in Hansen Way. If you prefer public transportation, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Avenue station.


At Conteneo, we believe that collaborating teams are the most powerful force we have to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Everything we do is all about making teams more successful by giving them the frameworks they need to succeed. We are inspired by serious games and game mechanics, cognitive science and organizational behavior, Scala development, secure and scalable collaboration engines and making a difference in the communities we serve through our partnership with Every Voice Engaged Foundation and the Kettering Foundation.