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CTO Craft Con:
The People One

December 1st - 3rd, 2020

4pm - 7pm UK time

A Conference for CTOs

A Conference for CTOs

December 1st - 3rd, 2020, 4 - 7pm UK time

Join the CTO Craft community for our very first Virtual Conference. We’ll be in conversation with CTOs and technology leaders from around the globe talking all things People, Teams and Culture.

Three days, three hours per day of brilliant speakers and expert panels featuring some of the world's greatest senior technology leaders. If you want to sharpen your "soft" skills and empower your teams, this is the place to be.

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Connect with other CTOs and tech leaders

Connect with other CTOs and tech leaders

Be inspired, and find your tribe

During the conference, you'll have the opportunity to connect, network and collaborate with some incredible talent across the international technology scene.

We'll be running roundtables and one-to-one networking for attendees, and much more in the CTO Craft Slack group alongside it.

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Join the CTO Craft Community

Join the CTO Craft Community

If you're a tech leader, you'll be invited to join over 2000 others in the free CTO Craft Community

CTO Craft's community brings together senior technology leaders from across the world, from small startups to global organisations and across all experience levels. Join over 2000 other CTOs and get access to exclusive content, Slack channels, monthly Mentoring Circles, events and more.

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Join us for three days of ideas, insights and innovation

Over three days, we'll deep dive into hiring and retaining diverse talent, people management and fostering an inclusive culture. Speakers and panels will discuss challenges around team support, building alignment, increasing diversity and inclusivity and finding strategies to bolster resilience, creativity and collaboration.

All three days of content
Discussions and networking
CTO Community membership
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£95
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Our Speakers and Panelists

CTO Craft Con - Schedule

  • Tuesday - Dec 1st
    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft

    16:00 - 16:10 GMT

    Welcome!

    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft
    A warm welcome to all the amazing speakers, panelists and attendees at this, the very first CTO Craft Con, and a guide to the Group Discussions we'll be running alongside the main speaking track.


    Lena Reinhard - VP, Product Engineering at CircleCI

    16:10 - 16:40 GMT

    Keynote: Showing Up as a Leader in Times of Change

    Lena Reinhard - VP, Product Engineering at CircleCI
    It is said that fast-growing startups are basically new companies at every new stage of growth. As someone who has experienced frequent change - in both my personal career and my leadership roles - I have come accustomed to it and have learned not only how to adapt, but to thrive in the face of change and rapid growth. In this keynote, CircleCI’s VP of Product Engineering, Lena Reinhard, will review how to show up for your teams as a leader in times of high change and uncertainty.


    Rija Javed - Former CTO at MarketInvoice Zoe Cunningham - Director at Softwire

    16:40 - 17:00 GMT

    Fireside Chat: Sideways and Upwards Feedback

    Rija Javed - Former CTO at MarketInvoice
    Zoe Cunningham - Director at Softwire
    When done well, communication helps keep everyone working towards the same goals, establish clear expectations, and engage employees. During this fireside chat, Rija Javed and Zoe Cunningham will be discussing their experiences and how to give and receive feedback with employees, peers and stakeholders to ensure value alignment, foster a culture of progression and bolster commercial success.


    James Stanier - SVP Engineering at Brandwatch

    17:00 - 17:20 GMT

    Talk: Engineer Onboarding: a Whirlwind Tour

    James Stanier - SVP Engineering at Brandwatch
    With 2020 being a year of unexpected distributed working, and with the future of our industry looking more remote, great onboarding programs have never been more important. In this talk we'll focus on three important aspects of onboarding engineers: technical, managerial, and cultural. We'll present a host of practical tools and techniques that you can take away right now and start putting in place ready for your next new hire. We'll touch upon development environments, dogfooding your product, documentation, contracting, 30-60-90 day plans and deliberate communication to build the network of your new recruits.


    Hywel Carver - CEO at Skiller Whale Jennifer D. Carlston - Technology Architect at Pluralsight

    17:20 - 17:40 GMT

    Fireside Chat: Professional Development for Engineering Teams

    Hywel Carver - CEO at Skiller Whale
    Jennifer D. Carlston - Technology Architect at Pluralsight
    Hywel Carver will chat to Jennifer D Carlston about their key learnings in facilitating professional development of themselves and their teams through facing down challenges, seeking opportunities, training and mentoring.


    17:40 - 18:00 GMT

    BREAK


    Aubrey Stearn - Executive Director of Software Engineering at JPMorgan Chase Claire Donald - VP of Engineering at MOO.com Jon Topper - CEO/CTO at The Scale Factory Sarah Hale - Director of Engineering at Unity

    18:00 - 18:45 GMT

    Panel Discussion: Help Your Team Deal with Stress and Change, and Support Their Mental Health

    Aubrey Stearn - Executive Director of Software Engineering at JPMorgan Chase
    Claire Donald - VP of Engineering at MOO.com
    Jon Topper - CEO/CTO at The Scale Factory
    Sarah Hale - Director of Engineering at Unity
    Our expert panel will look at the available tools and guidance and discuss how best support their teams to prevent individual and collective exhaustion and burnout, and focus on the key learnings for building resilience.


    Sam Phillips - Co-founder & CTO at Residently

    18:45 - 19:00 GMT

    Keynote: Foster a Culture of Progression and Retain Your Talent

    Sam Phillips - Co-founder & CTO at Residently
    As leaders, our product is our team: we make the machine that makes the machine. Diverse hiring is a critical part of this work, but an inclusive, retentive culture is essential to enabling high-performance. In this talk I’ll discuss strategies for creating an environment where people can get the progression they need without feeling the need to leave.


    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft

    19:00 - 19:05 GMT

    End of Day Notes

    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft
    A recap of the day's sessions, and a quick look at what's coming up tomorrow.


  • Wednesday - Dec 2nd
    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft

    16:00 - 16:10 GMT

    Welcome!

    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft
    Day two - let's see what's in store!


    Bhavini Soneji - VP of Engineering at Headspace

    16:10 - 16:40 GMT

    Keynote: Team and Organization Agility

    Bhavini Soneji - VP of Engineering at Headspace
    Bhavini Soneji will be looking at how we make our organisation structure nimble to align with the product and business strategy. She'll be asking whether there is a right/wrong structure, when to change up your team structure and how to hire and empower smart people who will problem-solve autonomously.


    Sally Lait - Head of Engineering at Farewill Zoe Cunningham - Director at Softwire

    16:40 - 17:00 GMT

    Fireside Chat: Psychological Safety

    Sally Lait - Head of Engineering at Farewill
    Zoe Cunningham - Director at Softwire
    Looking at all things psychological safety, our brilliant speakers Sally Lait and Zoe Cunningham will be discussing how to foster a culture where people are allowed to take risks and fail safely without fear or judgement and that by allowing them to do so can reap rewards in terms of engagement, innovation and commercial success.


    Matt Squirrell - Head of Development at iTech Media

    17:00 - 17:20 GMT

    Talk: Dealing with Impostor Syndrome in Your Team

    Matt Squirrell - Head of Development at iTech Media
    Impostor syndrome can affect anybody, from a budding developer still in school to the leader of a country. An estimated 70% of people will suffer from impostor syndrome in their lives, many without even being aware of it. In this session we'll talk about ways we as leaders can help people, and how we can recognise and manage it within ourselves, and even use it to our advantage.


    Ezechi Britton - Founding Member, Principal & CTO in Residence at Impact X Gergely Orosz - Author, The Pragmatic Engineer

    17:20 - 17:40 GMT

    Fireside Chat: Developing Engineers into Leaders

    Ezechi Britton - Founding Member, Principal & CTO in Residence at Impact X
    Gergely Orosz - Author, The Pragmatic Engineer
    For this fireside chat, Ezechi Britton and Gergely Orosz will be looking at how to find and nurture natural leaders, create the right environment for them to succeed, tailor development and support to teach and hone their skills and eventually, how to hand over the reins in a way that offers opportunity to grow, but also continue learning.


    17:40 - 18:00 GMT

    BREAK


    Gonçalo Silva - CTO at Doist James Goodrich - Managing Partner at Albany Partners Neil Cameron - Co-founder & CTO at Progression Richard Haigh - CTO at Just Eat Takeaway Sarah Clatterbuck - Senior Director of Engineering at YouTube

    18:00 - 18:45 GMT

    Panel Discussion: Career Progression Frameworks

    Gonçalo Silva - CTO at Doist
    James Goodrich - Managing Partner at Albany Partners
    Neil Cameron - Co-founder & CTO at Progression
    Richard Haigh - CTO at Just Eat Takeaway
    Sarah Clatterbuck - Senior Director of Engineering at YouTube
    Our expert panel will be discussing their experience of using career progression tools and frameworks to help us understand what works and what doesn’t. They’ll also be talking about how to plan and structure teams and allocate projects to offer opportunities that help achieve both individual professional goals and feeds into the wider company mission.


    Anna Shipman - Technical Director for Customer Products at the Financial Times

    18:45 - 19:00 GMT

    Keynote: How Durable Teams Take You Further, Faster

    Anna Shipman - Technical Director for Customer Products at the Financial Times
    In this keynote Anna Shipman shows how moving from short-lived project teams to durable teams with full ownership of a domain allows you to deliver better products faster, enables ownership of your technical estate and helps your staff to make the most of their potential.


    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft

    19:00 - 19:05 GMT

    End of Day Notes

    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft
    A recap of the day's sessions, and a quick look at what's coming up tomorrow.


  • Thursday - Dec 3rd
    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft

    16:00 - 16:10 GMT

    Welcome!

    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft
    Day three - let's see what's in store!


     Katie Womersley - VP of Engineering at Buffer

    16:10 - 16:40 GMT

    Keynote: High Performance Remote: a How to Guide for Troubled Times

    Katie Womersley - VP of Engineering at Buffer
    As most of our teams are fully or partly remote during the COVID19 pandemic, “how to do remote work” at all is now in a question of the past. We’re doing remote work, but it’s still difficult to do it well. Leaders are being hard pressed to achieve results, and the strain of the pandemic and its impact on morale, productivity and mental health is being felt. The uncertainty around the pandemic, the economy, and the complete lack of anything “normal” means our teams need psychological safety more than ever. In a pernicious twist, the personal connections that usually drive this safety and bolster mental health are being weakened by the online-only workplace. In this talk, I’ll be speaking from my experience as VP Engineering of Buffer (a fully remote team) and the frequent remote work writings and research I conduct with other leaders. I’ll share what’s working, and what’s not, right now to build up psychological safety in your team, create predictability, and move toward being a high-performing (remote) team.


    Jean Hsu - VP Engineering at Range Osman (Ozzie) Osman - Co-founder at Monarch Money

    16:40 - 17:00 GMT

    Fireside Chat: Filling the Talent Funnel

    Jean Hsu - VP Engineering at Range
    Osman (Ozzie) Osman - Co-founder at Monarch Money
    Jean Hsu and Osman (Ozzie) Osman will be talking all things pipeline in this exciting fireside chat. Filling the engineering talent funnel is a pain point for many and so you’ll be eager to hear their tips and tricks and why investing in the process early on, nurturing it and making it inclusive will ensure that talent is not only readily available when you need.


    Ori Keren - Co-founder & CEO at LinearB

    17:00 - 17:20 GMT

    Talk: Translating Engineering to Executives

    Ori Keren - Co-founder & CEO at LinearB
    Even in companies with good culture, there is not a strong desire from the business or development sides to understand the other. So this big gap exists. And that gap is where we (senior engineering leaders) live. To close the gap, you need to build a bridge. Speaking both languages is not enough to build the bridge. The best VPs of Software Development embrace their role as a translator. In this session I share six strategies that help VPs of Engineering and other software development leaders be successful translators between the business and development.


    Dr. Rebecca Parsons - CTO at ThoughtWorks Glyn Roberts - CTO of Digital Solutions at iTechArt

    17:20 - 17:40 GMT

    Fireside Chat: Tools for Building Alignment in Engineering

    Dr. Rebecca Parsons - CTO at ThoughtWorks
    Glyn Roberts - CTO of Digital Solutions at iTechArt
    Hear from leaders at ThoughtWorks and iTechArt on how to create great alignment in engineering teams. Dr Rebecca Parsons and Glyn Roberts will walk us through matchmaking company and personal values, fostering a culture of respect and growth and sharing the core ideas of what success looks like.


    17:40 - 18:00 GMT

    BREAK


    Graeme Fowler - EVP Software Engineering at Dazn Marta Jasinska - CTO at Bloom and Wild Nadia Alramli - Director of Engineering at HubSpot Steve Alexander - Interim CTO

    18:00 - 18:45 GMT

    Panel Discussion: Practical Approaches to Creating a Team Plan and Budget

    Graeme Fowler - EVP Software Engineering at Dazn
    Marta Jasinska - CTO at Bloom and Wild
    Nadia Alramli - Director of Engineering at HubSpot
    Steve Alexander - Interim CTO
    For our final panel discussion of both the day and the conference, our brilliant panelists will be sharing their tips, tricks and knowledge on the best approaches to tackling team-planning and budgeting to ensure you get it right first time.


    Jason Warner - CTO at GitHub

    18:45 - 19:00 GMT

    Keynote: Architecting Teams that Scale

    Jason Warner - CTO at GitHub
    If building a high-powered engineering team is hard, successfully navigating it through hypergrowth is near impossible. Get some wisdom from Jason Warner, CTO of GitHub, on building and leading engineering teams that scale. Jason will share best practices on architecting engineering teams, communication tips, and other effective protocols for leading a distributed team.


    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft

    19:00 - 19:05 GMT

    Outro and Thanks

    Andy Skipper - Founder and Chief Coach at CTO Craft
    A huge thanks and congratulations to all our amazing speakers and panelists, and to the CTO Craft community, team and volunteers for helping make the conference happen.


More information coming soon! Check back for updates

CTO Craft Partners

Join us for three days of ideas, insights and innovation

Over three days, we'll deep dive into hiring and retaining diverse talent, people management and fostering an inclusive culture. Speakers and panels will discuss challenges around team support, building alignment, increasing diversity and inclusivity and finding strategies to bolster resilience, creativity and collaboration.

All three days of content
Discussions and networking
CTO Community membership
Secure your Spot
£95
Get a Ticket Now!

Contact Us for
large ticket volumes

Discount for Existing CTO Craft Community Members

Feedback from Community Members

  • The Slack community itself adds a lot of value - discussions are always full of insights but never overwhelming. There's lots of different experiences and points of view, and I felt I could both get and give back to the community. On top of that, the weekly events like the CTO Craft Bytes and the Discussion Groups deep dive into a broad range of topics, and in my opinion they're helpful for tech leaders at every stage of their careers. I'm glad I joined and I feel this is really helping me in my journey.

    Emanuele Blanco
    CTO at Moneyfarm
  • CTOCraft is a friendly and knowledgeable community. Their coaching circles, weekly events, and Slack community have all played a valuable part in my growth as CTO.

    Jon Topper
    CTO at The Scale Factory
  • The CTO Craft community has been incredibly informative and supportive. The mentoring circle in particular has been a highlight - having an experienced coach facilitating the discussion between other engineering leaders from different backgrounds who are facing similar challenges has been super valuable. Leadership can be lonely, but I feel like I’ve found a great support network.

    Sarah Hale
    Director of Engineering at Unity
  • The speakers and panellists at the Byte sessions this year have been fantastic. So many valuable lessons from experts in their field. The CTO Craft community is amazing offering not only recommendations, but real life examples of what has and hasn’t worked for them.

    Glyn Roberts
    CTO of Digital Solutions at iTechArt Group
  • Being part of a Mentoring Circle was a very valuable learning experience. I was able to connect with other leaders outside of my own industry, where we could share knowledge and give advice on our own individual challenges. Was brilliant to connect with such a diverse group and lean on a new network for support.

    Claire Donald
    VP Engineering at MOO.com

FAQs

  • Conference Details
    When will the conference take place? Where is it located?

    The event will take place 1st to the 3rd of December 2020, from 4pm to 7pm UK time each day. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the conference is taking place entirely online so you can attend from the comfort of your own home.

    How can I register? What are the registration rates?

    You can register by clicking ‘Buy Tickets’ above, which will link you to our Eventbrite page. Registration is open until 4pm UK time on 3rd December 2020.

    (Enquire about members' rates in the CTO Craft Slack)

    Am I eligible for the member rate?

    Depending on your CTO Craft membership level, you will be eligible for the a member discount. Enquire about members' rates in the CTO Craft Slack.

    Will recordings be available to ticket holders after the event?

    Yes, all sessions apart from group discussions on Zoom will be recorded and made available to everyone with a ticket.

    Is there a Code of Conduct?

    Yes. Every activity undertaken within CTO Craft happens under a very strict Code of Conduct which outlines our expectations for participants within the CTO Craft community and consumers of our coaching and training services, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behaviour. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honoured. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be banned from the community.

    To read the full Code of Conduct, click here.

  • Attendance
    I only want to attend one day of the conference, is that possible?

    The ticket is for three days, but it gives you the flexibility to only attend the talks you want to.

    I just want to attend one session. Is that possible to do without registering for the conference?

    The conference is only available to those who have purchased tickets, however once doing so, you are able to attend as many or as few talks as you would like.

    What services are available for special needs and requests?

    We encourage people with disabilities to participate in the conference. We are an inclusive community and want to ensure all our members and conference attendees can enjoy the conference without issue. If you have any specific needs that we can help cater for, please let us know as soon as possible by email at conference@ctocraft.com.

    The price is in GBP - is the conference open to people outside the UK?

    Yes, absolutely! It's open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

    What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

    Refunds will only be issued to attendees in the event the conference is cancelled. In the event that you are no longer able to attend and have purchased a ticket, you can apply to have the ticket transferred to another person. You will need to contact our Community and Event Manager to do this. Please email her at conference@ctocraft.com.

  • Sponsoring
    How can my organisation become a conference sponsor?

    We're proud to be supported by a number of sponsors and partners. If you'd like to discuss partnering with us, contact partners@ctocraft.com and we'll be in touch to discuss sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the conference.

    How can I receive a list of participants in advance of the conference?

    Due to GDPR rules, we are not permitted to disclose the names of attendees. You will however, be able to converse with them over the chat function during the talks.

  • Other Stuff
    I'm a speaker - is there a slides template I should be using?

    Yes - you should have received a speaker pack. If, for whatever reason you haven’t yet, please get in touch with our Community and Events Manager, Valentina Colombo, at valentina@ctocraft.com.

    My question is not listed here. Whom do I contact?

    Please get in touch with us straight away at conference@ctocraft.com and we'll do everything to help.

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