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Emily Freeman

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Developer advocate, author of DevOps for Dummies and former competitive power lifter

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Keynote speaker Emily Freeman is an engaging and humorous presenter on a variety of topics ranging from software to management. A former competitive power-lifter and ghostwriter, Emily had a slightly-older-than-quarterlife crisis and made the bold jump to switch careers into software engineering.

Speaker Emily Freeman is a technologist and a storyteller who helps engineering teams improve their velocity. As the author of DevOps for Dummies, she believes the biggest challenges facing developers aren’t technical, but human. Emily’s mission in life is to transform technology organizations by creating a company culture in which diverse and collaborative teams can thrive.

Emily is a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, and her experience spans both cutting-edge startups, as well as some of the largest technology providers in the world. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Bloomberg, and she is widely recognized as a thoughtful, entertaining, and professional keynote speaker. Speaker Emily Freeman is best known for her creative approach to identifying and solving the human challenges of software engineering. It is rare in the technology industry to find individuals equally adept with code and words, but her career has been defined by precisely that combination. Book Emily to bridge the communication gap in your organization.

 

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The Dr. Seuss Guide to Code Craftsmanship

Emily has two-year-old daughter who adores Dr. Seuss and as she was reading Cat in the Hat for the 214th time, realized Dr. Seuss had it all figured out. His words are odd. The cadence confusing. But there is a gem hidden in all his children’s rhymes. You see, Dr. Seuss would have made an excellent engineer, because great code isn’t about choosing the perfect method name or building out 95% test coverage. All that is great, but it doesn’t make great code. YOU DO.

  • This talk will focus on common pitfalls along the development lifecycle and distill Dr. Seuss’s excellent advice into concise steps developers can take before they write a single line of code.
  • In the words of Dr. Seuss: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
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The Intelligence of Instinct

This talk will explore fear, instinct and denial. We’ll focus on our two brains:

  • What Daniel Kahneman describes as System 1 and System 2
  • We’ll look at how we can start to view “feelings” as pre-incident indicators.
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Scaling Sparta: Military Lessons for Growing a Dev Team

Scaling systems is hard, but we are developers, that is kind of our thing. Scaling people? Well, that’s significantly harder. Humans are complicated. How do you scale a team of two to twenty? The answer starts over 2,000 years ago in Sparta…

  • This talk will focus on three distinct military organizations: Spartans, Mongols and Romans. Sparta’s standing army numbered 10,000 whereas Rome’s peaked at half a million.
  • We’ll look at the structure of each military and apply the lessons learned to our development teams and organizations.
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