Software Engineering
Track

#SBW2021

"Any idiot can build a bridge that stands, but it takes an engineer to build a bridge that barely stands." - Unknown

Learn from some of the best CTOs and engineering leaders in Boston so that you can continue building incredible, agile tech and pushing your product - and career - forward.

Perfect for: software developers, engineering directors, CTOs and those aspiring.

AI, Oh My: The Value & Limitations of Machine Learning for Your Startup

Tues, Sept 21st: 5:45pm - 6:45pm EDT

Machine learning: you’ve heard the hype, but how do you know if it’s right for you and your startup? And will it truly provide your company with a competitive advantage? 

 

If you are interested in using ML in your startup, but you don’t have a technical background in the field, then you should attend this event. 

 

During this panel, we’ll discuss:

  • How to gather the necessary data and expertise to build a useful ML architecture 

  • The types of insights you could (realistically) gain from ML

  • Limitations ML will have within your startup - a.k.a. what you can and cannot do with it

Tortoise and Hare: Increasing Speed Without Sacrificing Quality

Wed, Sept 22nd: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

You’ve heard the expression, “Slow and steady wins the race.” But then you also know about Facebook’s old motto, “Move fast and break things.” 

 

Do engineers always need to choose between speed and quality? And if you do optimize for one over the other, what can that do to a product in the long term?

 

This panel, perfect for start-ups at any stage of development, will discuss how engineering teams can define both speed and quality of work — and cover ways to improve both simultaneously.

Dream Team: How to Structure a Successful Engineering Team

Wed, Sept 22nd: 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT

The engineering team is the backbone of any start-up. You need a strong, capable org that can tackle challenges and adapt to the company’s growing needs.

 

This panel, filled with leaders in the engineering space, will cover topics like:

  • What skills to look for when you hire your first engineer, and how you can test for those competencies

  • The most important roles to fill for a small team

  • Common engineering team structures

  • How to move folks from more generalized roles to more specialized jobs as the company grows 

  • How management fits into a productive team org

 

Whether you’re just starting to hire or ready to scale, this event will give you the confidence you need to build a winning engineering team.

Success With Less: Tools to Build Products with Minimal Resources

Wed, Sept 22nd: 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT

If you’re part of an engineering team at an early stage startup, you’re probably trying to build a lot — and quickly. How can you get the tools and resources you need without spending big company bucks?

 

Get recommendations from experts on the third party services that provide the best value for engineers. Discover tools that can do double duty and help you make shortcuts, without sacrificing quality.

 

This panel is perfect for anyone trying to build high-quality software on a budget.

Value Stream Demystified: From Business Hypothesis to Production Code

Wed, Sept 22nd: 5:45pm - 6:45pm EDT

Data-driven testing is key to any strong start-up. But being able to move a business hypothesis through to its conclusion can be complicated. Good communication and solid workflows are key to making progress. 

 

How can a company quickly build tests into the product, analyze the results, and incorporate those learning back into the company?

 

A panel of specialists from product, engineering, and data teams talk through systems for experimentation that will help any start-up quickly iterate and improve.