• Tech Leadership from 0 to Scale

    Shopify

    In this talk, Ian and Darren will illustrate how the role of a technical leader evolves throughout the early and formative stages of company growth. They'll highlight key learnings identified as the Drop Engineering team has rapidly grown from 2 members to over 20 in just 2 years. Shipping with just enough process is one among other principles of how they successfully go from 0 to scale. Different aspects of technical leadership in a fast paced environment will be covered across systems, strategy, people, and process. They'll compare it to their past experiences being technical leaders in Silicon Valley-based tech companies, such as Airbnb and Eventbrite, unpacking philosophies and traits of impactful leadership for companies scaling. About this speaker Darren Fung is the co-founder and CTO of Drop, an intelligent mobile rewards platform that curates personalized rewards and offers for everyday spending. Drop aims to modernize the loyalty space, removing the need for physical cards and creating a product that works seamlessly in the background as you spend. Launched in late 2016, Drop has since raised over $28 million in venture funding and has over 2 million members. In 2013, Darren led the engineering team at Tunezy, a platform for online musicians. Darren was instrumental to Tunezy's success winning the Innovator's Showcase Award by Billboard and National Business and Technology Conference Entrepreneurship. After Tunezy sold to SFX Entertainment (NASDAQ: SFXE), Darren subsequently joined Eventbrite as a software engineer, where he was key to the release of its pick-a-seat and reserved seating features. In 2019, Darren was named to the Forbes Top 30 under 30 list under the consumer technology category. Ian Logan is the VP Engineering of Drop, a consumer fintech building the first intelligent rewards program that surfaces personalized offers based on the way you spend. Prior to Drop, Ian was Director of Engineering at Airbnb for 6 years leading an organization of over 100 engineers across Payments and Business Travel. As an early engineer at Airbnb, he built some of the underlying infrastructure and financial systems that now have a 50+ billion dollar global footprint. At Airbnb, Ian was a founding member of the Engineering leadership team having a defining role in its values and culture for innovation. Prior to Airbnb, Ian built core trading algorithms and securities lending applications for world-class investment banks, such as BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, with trillions in assets under management. Ian also serves as an adviser to early-stage startups in technology. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Building a supportive company culture, from the ground up.

    In this talk, Emily will focus specifically on the role of a team lead in fostering a more inclusive and supportive company culture, and the impact that can have on diversity, inclusion and belonging within a company. She'll illustrate the importance of leads in sourcing and retaining a diverse team, as well as practical tips and advice on how to enact change within your organization towards a more inclusive and supportive culture and the critical importance of doing so. About this speaker Emily Porta is the Executive Director of Bridge, a Canadian non-profit providing free, advanced programming and product design courses to women, agender, and non-binary professionals in Toronto. Before focusing full time on Bridge, Emily worked as a Scrum Master at Rangle.io, where she also started and led a number of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including starting the company's Diversity-focused employee group, the Diversity Guild, which still exists today. A passionate advocate of doing the hard work to get marginalized people access to the benefits of the tech industry, Emily believes in a (near!) future where that access is a reality for all of us. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Setting and Achieving Goals with your Team

    With the start of 2019, many of us have chosen to make new years resolutions or intentions in our personal lives. Every year we try to improve ourselves bit by bit, from getting organized to getting healthy. Some of us are successful with the results, others are in the majority that only last a few weeks with these goals. As team leads, we often set goals for our teams and hold them accountable to it. But how do we make sure that our teams are successful in achieving these goals? Or that these goals are the right ones for our teams? How do you know when a goal needs to change? We have a great panel of leads from Shopify and League to discuss the techniques they use to help teams set and achieve their goals. It will be a discussion panel with an open Q&A at the end. If you have any questions that you'd like them to ask, please reply in the event! About the Panelists Raymond Mendoza Director of Engineering, League Raymond leads cloud infrastructure, architecture, and information technology. Raymond started his career at Amazon where he helped build the core platform for Kindle, Video, and Music services. After a couple of years at BlackBerry, Raymond helped build the Kijiji team in Toronto where he played various roles such as senior engineer, product manager, and CTO. He helped established the Objective and Key Results (OKR) process. Raymond is also a part-time teacher at Seneca, competitive trail and obstacle racer, and father of two kids. Nataliya Becker Senior Product Manager, League. Nataliya leads the development of the member experience with the goal of making benefits easy and leading better health outcomes for employees. Prior to League, she oversaw a product management team at Capital One Canada managing online banking web platform and onboarding experience for credit card customers. Nataliya’s background is in business & data analytics, and she has held multiple leadership roles in managing cross-functional teams. Nataliya contributes to Toronto Product community by being a chapter lead for Women in Product Toronto. Amy Thibodeau Director of UX (Platform Line), Shopify Amy Thibodeau is the Director of User Experience for Shopify’s Platform and UX Operation teams. In her role she leads multidisciplinary teams of designers, researchers and content strategists to create great experience for Shopify merchants and partners. Amy comes from a content strategy background and was an early member of Facebook Design’s content strategy team. She has always championed the role of language in building clear, human interfaces. Phiroze Noble Web Development Lead, Shopify Fio has spent 8 years in the digital industry pushing not only his own boundaries but the boundaries of the technology that we all use. Prior to working at Shopify he was a Team Lead at Jibestream, an indoor GIS provider, and championed the early adoption of modern web practices. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Leading a team is hard. Leading yourself can be even tougher.

    Join us for an interactive workshop and explore why self-awareness is the number one predictor of success. This session is designed for anyone interested in understanding their motivations, drivers, and how to show up as the leader they want to be. About the facilitators: - Emily Clark - Manager, Klick University, Klick - Lindsay Wright - Director, People & Performance, Klick About this meetup: Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Bringing balance to your organization

    Wealthsimple

    Organizations in technology have historically been unbalanced by gender, race, age, nearly any metric you can imagine. We bring together a group of leaders in technology to have a frank discussion about what can or should be done to address this imbalance. Leaders from Wealthsimple, PagerDuty and FreshBooks will share their experience in growing their organizations and addressing the challenging issues that come from that. About the panel - Ania Halliop - Senior Software Development Manager at FreshBooks - Dileshni Jayasinghe - Engineering Manager at PagerDuty - Jason Diller - Engineering Director at PagerDuty - Karney Li - CTO Wealthsimple - Robyn Ross - VP Operations at Wealthsimple About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • The Who What Where When Why & How of Feedback

    Feedback is something everyone desires but many team leads and managers find it difficult to provide to their teams and colleagues. In this talk, I’ll cover a simple but powerful structure to use in giving effective feedback that you can start using immediately. About the speaker Sean Doran has 20 years experience leading software delivery for product companies and enterprise clients, which he is currently doing at EventMobi. Previous to that, Sean lead software delivery for 5 years through rapid growth at the fintech Wave Financial. He started his technology career leading development teams for top software consultancies, including 8 years with ThoughtWorks. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • #NoManagement: A Post-Industrial Imperative

    Management is about control and everyone knows it. But a shift is happening in the language of the workplace and ‘manager’ and ‘management’ may soon be derogatory and unusable terms. This discussion is for anyone who has ever been managed. We will explore the etymology of the word, the history of management practices, and discuss the possible futures of post-industrial business systems. About David Sabine - https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsabine/ David's career highlights the intersections of business, technology, education & innovation. He helps organizations disassemble bureaucracy and decentralize decision-making so talented staff can deliver greater value to their customers and users. David is a dad, Scrum Trainer, Executive Consultant, Product Developer, Executive Director of Regional Scrum Gathering® Canada, TEDx Speaker, and Musician. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Building Accountable Teams

    Shopify

    Successful leaders know how to establish expectations and hold accountable. In this talk, we'll cover key leadership behaviors you can adopt that help you build an accountable team. About the speakers UpSpark (http://upspark.ca/) is a team of experienced technology leaders who have built, led and coached teams at leading software companies like FreshBooks, Bitstrips and PagerDuty, among many others. We have come together to create an intense learning experience for tech team leads. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Pay for Impact

    Shopify

    As leads we play an important role in determining compensation for our employees. For the majority of leads this can be unfamiliar territory. Compensation plays a critical role in attracting, rewarding, and retaining key talent on our teams. In this interactive session we will demystify Compensation, and share details on Shopify’s pay for impact compensation strategy. You’ll learn: - Where market data comes from and how it is used to build compensation frameworks - The elements that make up the total compensation package (salary, bonus, equity, benefits & perks) - What factors to consider when making a compensation decision - Pay Equity - Shopify’s Compensation Strategy (Pay for Impact) About the Speakers Both speakers join us from Shopify. Krista McBeth, Director People Operations Krista has over 15 years experience in the total rewards space at the global level and across multiple industries. Krista currently leads the people operations team at Shopify responsible for; Compensation, Benefits & Perks, HR Systems, Mobility, and M&A Projects. Angela Dawson, Compensation Lead Angela has over 8 years experience in Compensation at the global level, focused mainly in the high tech space. Angela currently leads the Compensation team at Shopify responsible for all areas of comp; Exec comp, sales comp, market analytics, global salary & equity framework design globally, and pay equity compliance. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Tech Leads

    Anyone who has spent any time as a developer knows that there are countless frameworks and tools available to tackle any technical problem we might face. But when the problems we face aren't in our code but are in our head, what tools do we have then? Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts determine our emotions so we can change how we feel by changing how we think. While CBT is generally used to treat mental disorders like depression, it can also be effective in dealing with more common challenges like procrastination, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, and handling criticism. Through simple programming analogies and interactive exercises, you'll learn: 1. What cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is 2. The common mental traps we fall into and how they can be avoided 3. How to turn a piece of paper into a powerful debugger for our thoughts This talk is about putting the oxygen mask on ourselves first. As a team lead, personal problems you are struggling with might not just affect you, they can have an impact on your whole team. In order to do our best for those who are counting on us, we need to be able to care for ourselves and CBT gives us tools we can start using right away. About Jamie Strachan Jamie currently manages a team of developers at Info-Tech Research Group after spending 15 years as a web developer himself. He's (mostly) traded in coding for coaching and strives to help the developers around him be as effective as possible by being a facilitator, an advocate, and an advisor. He also shares his experience with depression to help combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues. About this meetup Leading & managing teams of software engineers can be challenging. This meetup is for technical leaders of all experience levels to connect, share stories and learn from each other. Topics include all of the typical Team Lead duties such as recruiting talent, team building, coaching, delegating, scaling technical groups, managing projects, etc. Meetups are catered, start with a presentation from a domain expert and continue with lots of interesting conversations with your peers.

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