Asynchrony’s First-Ever Internal Conference

Among the many exciting things happening at Asynchrony this year, one of my favorites is our first-ever internal conference, coming July 15. I’m a big fan of organizations that take time to learn and share their learning. Especially given that Asynchrony is growing and establishing new offices, it’s vital that we share learning across offices and invest in the personal relationships that make the organization what it is. The conference goals are:

  • Increase the value of the time invested by targeting information sharing.
  • Increase knowledge sharing and interactions between individuals and teams.
  • Provide opportunities for our employees to create and present a session for their colleagues.

The conference will be a mix of 50-minute sessions, an exhibit floor with 15-20 booths for delivery teams and functional groups (aka chapters and guilds) and open space. To fill the sessions, we made an open call for proposals in the organization, with a small selection team to decide which ones ultimately made the cut based on:

  • Good variety of information presented
  • Relevance to our current and future business success
  • Interest from the company in the presentation content (popular vote/survey)
  • Enough mix of technical and non-technical topics so there will be multiple sessions that non-technical people can attend and get value (this means that non-technical topics are probably more likely to be selected!)
  • Highlighting employees who have not already been featured in front of the company (expecting there to be a mix of both)
  • Promoting creativity of topic and presentation content/activities

We had around 40 people propose more than 50 sessions. The selected sessions are  intriguing — something for everyone, and certainly a conference I’m looking forward to attending!

  • Anarchism at Asynchrony: Lessons from the Left in Building Self-Organized Teams (Brian Coalson)
  • Asynchrony Culture and You! (Andrew Rauscher and Wes Ehrlichman)
  • Battling Unconscious Bias (Neem Serra)
  • Building a serverless backend on AWS (Eric Neunaber)
  • Denver: Self Management and our Future (Jim Mruzik and Don Peters)
  • DevOps Culture (Matt Perry)
  • Getting to know Node.Js (Josh Hollandsworth)
  • Go (Jason Riley)
  • Improving Communication Skills with Analogies and Metaphors (Rose Hemlock and J LeBlanc)
  • Intro to Unity 3d (Westin Breger)
  • Introduction to Functional Programming (Kartik Patel)
  • Mobile Monsters – Develop Your Mobile App Test and Quality Strategy (Linda Sorrels and Mary Jo Mueller)
  • Password Hashing and Cracking (Micah Hainline)
  • Plan Bee – Using The Raspberry Pi to Help Bees (Dave Guidos)
  • Risk analysis and RFC 1149 (Alison Hawke)
  • Scaling Staffing at Asynchrony (Nate McKie)
  • The Meaning of Dub Dub:  Where Apple is taking us in 2016 and beyond (Nick McConnell, Mark Sands, James Rantanen, Jon Hall, Henry Glendening)
  • UX Process (Lee Essner)
  • Who Matters and What Matters To Them (David Lowe)