Hello Pittsburgh!! Sketch Development will be hosting a tinycon (a half-day conference) filled with learning and networking with local professionals! Join us for our morning, mid-day, or afternoon sessions structured for leadership, management, and cloud practitioners with something included in each session for all three. We would love to hang out with you and learn from you, too!

Tickets are FREE, and so is the catered lunch that Sketch Development will be providing for everyone.

Date and time:
Wednesday, April 24 · 8:30am - 4pm EDT

COhatch Waterfront
137 West Bridge Street West Homestead, PA 15120

Event Agenda:
Session A: 9:00 -10:00am
Session B: 10:00 -11:00am
Lunch with facilitated discussion: 11:00am -1:00pm
Session A: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Session B: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Open Networking: 3:00 - 4:00pm

**Please Note: The morning and afternoon sessions will be similar in content, so we recommend choosing which option would be best for your personal schedule.


Talk Summaries:

Session A: James Nippert - Grow High-Performing Teams through Continuous Improvement

Few teams ever start out great. They have skill imbalances, power dynamics, lack resources or time, and different personalities. Growing outstanding teams takes time but, more importantly, regular continuous improvement activities. One of the most useful and powerful of these activities is the Retrospective. It doesn't matter what industry you're in or what your team makeup looks like; if you've got a group of humans working together towards a shared outcome - you should be running retrospectives with them. Taking teams from Bad to Good, or Good to Great, can happen but it will not happen accidentally. In this session you will learn the tools and skills necessary to craft the right retro for you team and avoid any of the pitfalls that damage the team's improvement.

Session B: Ryan Jensen - Thunderstormy, or Calm & Fluffy... What Kind of Cloud is Yours?

Leveraging a big cloud provider can provide you with extensive benefits: lower operational costs, higher productivity, and agility and experimentation. But, if you don’t keep tabs on it or keep up with best practices, your cloud can quickly become tumultuous with explosive costs, unstable platform security, and turbulent governance and compliance hurdles that diminish developers’ ability to achieve fast results (think “anti-agile”). By implementing Reserved Instances and Savings Plans, finding creative solutions with the RI Management Service or AWS Marketplace for EDP buy-down, using managed services wherever possible, and instituting an occasional checkup with a Well-Architected Review, you will find the success and results touted by the big cloud providers. And, as you seek faster feedback loops and compliance without the headache, productizing your systems using CDK will help you scale to cloud-like proportions.

Lunch Facilitated Discussion: John Krewson - Navigating Outcome-Driven Development: A Journey into Measurable Success

In today's fast-paced world of software development, measuring success goes beyond mere outputs. It's about achieving meaningful outcomes that drive value for your users and your business. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of outcome-driven development and explore how Sketch is leading the way in this paradigm shift.

Register now, and we'll see you there!