Software Leadership Summit 2018-06-25T15:10:03+00:00

See how industry leaders do software leadership

Compare what’s working with other software leaders, and glimpse the future at Construx’s Software Leadership Summit. 

Hosted by Code Complete author, Steve McConnell, the Summit provides a unique forum for Top Software Leaders to update your understanding of what software development approaches are working, who’s doing them well, what’s on the horizon—and take away countless insights that will benefit your software organization.

Heather Brown, VP, Technology Management, Heartflow. “I am returning home with so much information to reflect upon. I will be driving an improvement plan for my department. The entire experience was valuable for me to identify the spectrum of practices, techniques and tools that work for various organizations. more testimonials…

This Year’s Keynotes

Steve McConnell
Steve McConnellCEO, Construx Software, author of Code Complete
Succeeding with Software in a Complex, Chaotic World

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Joakim Sundén
Joakim Sundénex-Spotify, author of Kanban in Action
Evolution of Lean/Agile Scaling at Spotify

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Dave Copeland
Dave CopelandDirector of Engineering, Stitch Fix
Growing and Managing Distributed Teams

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Olwen M. Morgan
Olwen M. MorganAerojet Rocketdyne
Rockets to Mars, Past, Present and Future

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Jez Humble
Jez HumbleCTO at DevOps Research and Assessment
Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

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Casey Chamberlain, Director of Product Development, Meridian Systems. “It has truly been an honor to be in the presence of so many great minds in the field of software. This includes both the “famous” authors as well as the peers. Thank you!” more testimonials…

Leadership Discussions

Facilitated leadership discussions are a unique aspect of Construx’s Software Leadership Summit. Participants are assigned to small groups with other leaders who have similar leadership profiles. Expert facilitators guide discussions that focus on nuts-and-bolts issues of leading software teams at the organizational level. Summit participants have the opportunity to learn from true executive peers, some of whom are facing leadership challenges similar to yours, and some of whom have already overcome them. This unique opportunity is unmatched by any other event. 

Discussion topics focus on a mix of current challenges and advance views of emerging issues. Past Summits have provided attendees with their first in-depth discussions on topics including Technical Debt, Cloud Development, Software Security, Multi-Site Global Development, and other subjects that are now commonplace. 

This year’s discussion topics include

Software Development At Scale: Developing Large Agile and Non-Agile Systems

Tuning The Dev Organization’s Organizational Structure, Especially for Agile And DevOps

Cloud Development Strategies

Lessons Learned In Multi-Site, Distributed, and Global Development

Advances In Software Testing and Quality

Creating The Ideal Software Environment

What’s Ahead? Data!

Keys To Excelling as a Software Leader —  And What Not to Do

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Mike Ashley, VP Software Platforms, Beckman Coulter, Inc. “The keynote speakers were what got me to sign up, but the small-group discussions were way more valuable. I was able to validate what I’m doing right, identify where my organization is weak, and in some cases get ideas for improvement. The outside perspective and ability to compare notes with others was outstanding.” more testimonials…

When and where?

Location: Seattle, WA

Dates: October 24-26, 2018

Fee: $4495 Early Bird Special—$3745

Register for the Summit today.

Why attend the Summit?

At past Summits, 95% of participants have held titles of VP, Director, CTO, or higher.

All participants should have multi-project responsibility for software development at the organization or enterprise level. In most organizations, leaders at this level will have staffs of 50-100 or more. (In smaller organizations the total staff can be slightly smaller).

Attendees will be assigned to discussion groups based on profiles submitted prior to the Summit. Construx reserves the right to limit participation to attendees who meet this description.

“Most valuable? All of it. Peers, speakers, topics, very good. Money well spent.”
Bruce Kenny, Webtrends, Inc.
“As always the summit was awesome. It is by far the most educational and rejuvenating professional event of the year for me. The discussions with peers are invaluable.”
John Belbute, eBay
“As always, the best conference I know of!”
John Colton, Squarespace
“I established a great network of peers — I gained many valuable insights.”
Dana Richmond, Rockwell Automation