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Friday, February 17
 

4:00pm

Dedicated Pillar Check-in
Dedicated Pillar Check-in

Friday February 17, 2017 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Conference Center Door B

6:30pm

Conference Registration
Conference Registration

Friday February 17, 2017 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Conference Center Door B

6:30pm

Reception
Reception

Friday February 17, 2017 6:30pm - 9:30pm
West Pathway

7:00pm

How to Beat the Fear of Speaking in Public
Fear of speaking in public is a common problem for many people, including me. Beating the fear is an important step toward personal and professional development. Here I present some ideas for getting started on a path toward conquering the fear.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 7:00pm - 7:05pm
Zambezi

7:08pm

Ego is the Enemy
The ego is the enemy and other thoughts on consulting - The goal of this talk will to briefly review how our ego and and personal awareness can hurt or help us when consulting with our clients.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Flecher

Eric Flecher

Eric's roles to date have ranged from a management consultant at a big four accounting firm to a solution developer for a large technical services firm. Eric has spent the last 6 years delivering enterprise mobile & cloud solutions to clients in finance, education, retail, medical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors.


Friday February 17, 2017 7:08pm - 7:13pm
Zambezi

7:16pm

Porter's Five Forces as it pertains to Pillar
Porter's Five Forces as it pertains to Pillar

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 7:16pm - 7:21pm
Zambezi

7:21pm

Intermission
Intermission

Speakers
avatar for Mark Holtman

Mark Holtman

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
By day, I am a mild-mannered consultant working for Pillar Technology in Columbus, OH. By night, I teach the traditional Korean martial art to wayward college students at THE Ohio State University.


Friday February 17, 2017 7:21pm - 7:42pm
Zambezi

7:42pm

VIVA LOS FLYOVER STATES!
VIVA LOS FLYOVER STATES!

The best part about living in a flyover state is the fact that so much cool stuff is flying over!

At the Iowa Forge, we've been turning our focus to flyover stuff way way above us, in space! There are a lot of neat things up there, and many of them are transmitting data that anyone can receive and check out.

As part of this talk, I'll talk about

1) How to track satellites
2) How to listen to satellites (RTL-SDR, homebrew antennas, etc.)
3) Our experiments around receiving and decoding NOAA weather satellite images
4) Our experiments around receiving and decoding Outernet satellite content

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein

Technical Whiz-Bangery And Assorted Bad-Assery, Same Place You Work, Probably.
Nathan Schlehlein is a wannabe problem solver who earns his living making dreams come true for people via software. A semi-recent transplant to the semi-bustling city of Des Moines, IA, he resides in the "pretty OK" western burbs with his three awesome kids, long-suffering wife, and hyperactive dog. He is an enthusiast of intriguing, historically significant, and / or dangerous technology and enjoys good scotch, beer with a back story, and a... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 7:42pm - 7:47pm
Zambezi

7:50pm

Pairing with diverse partners expands your life skills.
Pairing with diverse partners expands our life skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jeeva Nadarajah

Jeeva Nadarajah

Software Craftsman, Shine On You CrazyDiamond!
I am a Sri Lankan American, mother, coder, coach, runner and non conformist. I currently work as a software craftsman for Pillar Technology. In the last decade I've dabbled in several tech stacks. The language is not what I relate to but the clarity and ease of the message. I've been a proponent of Agile methodologies such as Extreme Programming and Scrum and will continue to be an evangelist of knowledge sharing. Building joyful learning... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 7:50pm - 7:55pm
Zambezi

7:58pm

Technological Squatchin
Technological Squatchin: Taking the search for Bigfoot high tech. Using the technology your grandpa wish he had, this talk will highlight the latest trends in Sasquatch hunting tech.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 7:58pm - 8:03pm
Zambezi

8:06pm

Why Developers Should Learn the Art of Making Video Games
Why Developers Should Learn the Art of Making Video Games

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 8:06pm - 8:11pm
Zambezi

8:14pm

Get Out of Your Brain and Into our Tiki Forge
Pillar has become complacent; the “no constraints” philosophy we hang our hats on is drowning in the deep trenches of corporate traditions. Open floorplans and beer taps can be found in many traditional IT shops and Fortune 500 companies these days. We transformed where we are working, but now the time has come to take that transformation to the next level, to a place where we can transform our lives and unleash the channels of creativity and innovation. Welcome to Tiki Forge. the Forge of the Future. Breaking down the walls of constraints with beachfront collaboration for mind, body and code.  

Speakers
avatar for Kymberli Cassidy

Kymberli Cassidy

Delivery Manager, Pillar Technology
Talk to me about... Pillar@Gap, Career Retros, Delivery Leadership Path, Diversity, or whatever else you want to chat about :)
avatar for Kimberly Clavin

Kimberly Clavin

Kimberly Clavin - Engineer, Educator, InnovatorKimberly's journey took her from Kindergarten through a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and on to corporate life. As she physically got older her energy got younger. That is when Kimberly discovered the secret to reverse aging. As a catalyst to her theory she went from corporate life to teaching Mechanical Engineering at OSU then dipped into an administration role within a K-12 district. While... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

Delivery Lead, Pillar Technology


Friday February 17, 2017 8:14pm - 8:19pm
Zambezi

8:19pm

Intermission
intermission
 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Holtman

Mark Holtman

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
By day, I am a mild-mannered consultant working for Pillar Technology in Columbus, OH. By night, I teach the traditional Korean martial art to wayward college students at THE Ohio State University.


Friday February 17, 2017 8:19pm - 8:30pm
Zambezi

8:30pm

Generative Art with Quil
Generative Art with Quil - this lightning talk will explore Quil, an interface for the Processing graphics library in Clojure. We'll generate some cool images and talk about how awesome Clojure is. Similar to last year, we'll explore the usefulness and fun of instant evaluation of code from our text editor.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 8:30pm - 8:35pm
Zambezi

8:38pm

Kalman Filters in Autonomous Vehicles
Kalman filters are essential for motion planning in Autonomous Vehicles, with broad applications for recommendation engines, capacity planing, and time-series analysis.

Using very basic math we'll reconstruct the approach of the Kalman Filter algorithm. Then we'll generalize it as an effective approach to high-volume "drinking from the firehose" data processing that you can use on many projects.

Speakers
avatar for David Zuidema

David Zuidema

Software Journeyman, Pillar Technology
David is a functional programming enthusiast who also dabbles in Neuroscience, Computational Finance, Constitutional Law, Contemplative Spirituality, Category Theory, and Classical Economics.


Friday February 17, 2017 8:38pm - 8:43pm
Zambezi

8:46pm

The 17 Worst Cognitive Biases Ruining Your Life
The human brain is full of complex mechanics, including those that can hinder your ability to become successful in life. Sometimes they can help move you, and society, forward. But they're mostly shortcuts because your brain is all about being conservative. These are called cognitive biases, and I will cover the 17 worst ones that are ruining your life.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Ogorek

Alex Ogorek

Software Journeyman, Pillar
iOS developer at Pillar. Also VERY entrepreneurial.


Friday February 17, 2017 8:46pm - 8:51pm
Zambezi

8:54pm

The Columbus Mutual Housing Collective
I have a housing collective project that is designed to help poor people live a better quality of life, right here in Columbus. Let me tell you about it.

Speakers
avatar for David Ihnen

David Ihnen

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
Event sourced systems, obviously. And various sorts of making things. And housing for the poor too?


Friday February 17, 2017 8:54pm - 8:59pm
Zambezi

9:02pm

War never changes, but our editors do.
War. War never changes, but our editors do. The Editor war has been raging for 40 years, but its end is in sight. This is an introduction to Spacemacs, the Vim-inside-Emacs configuration package that gives its users the best of both worlds. Modal editing, macros, ex commands, Emacs Lisp. Put your pitchforks down and join the revolution. Then, we'll rise up against our real enemies: IDE users.

Speakers
avatar for Johnson Denen

Johnson Denen

Spacemacs Advocate, Pillar Technology
I'm a DevOps Journeyman on the CAS 4th floor (C3PO) team. If I have to do something that I can't do in Emacs, I question whether it's worth doing in the first place.


Friday February 17, 2017 9:02pm - 9:07pm
Zambezi

10:00pm

Viva Las Pillar
Entertainment Villa

Friday February 17, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday February 18, 2017 2:00am
TBA
 
Saturday, February 18
 

7:00am

Breakfast / Keynote
Saturday February 18, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
Killimanjaro Ballroom

7:00am

Guest/meet and greet Breakfast
Saturday February 18, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
TBA

9:20am

Coding in the Clink: Ask me anything
Coding in the Clink: Ask Me Anything

Dan Wiebe, Kristen Smith, and Guy Royse have been to prison dozens of times. No, not like that! They help teach prisoners how to program to help them build job skills so that they might have better lives when they get out. Here's your chance to ask them anything about their experience and what they do.

Speakers
avatar for Guy Royse

Guy Royse

A born and bred Ohio native, Guy has a basic urge to create that has been a burden his entire life. Where others would choose arts and crafts, he has chosen to channel this urge into creating beautiful software. Guy was introduced to computers before he learned algebra and before Tron. He was immediately and irrevocably sucked into their alluring beauty. In fact, the draw of programming was so strong and one might call his career more of a... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith

Software Craftsman, Pillar
Kristen started out as one of the first apprentices at Pillar and has worked here for over 6 years. In that time, she has worked on 9 different projects, and though she has worked in every region, she has not yet had the opportunity to visit the Des Moines Forge!
avatar for Dan Wiebe

Dan Wiebe

More than three decades as a professional software developer; more than ten years as an Agile developer and more than five as an Agile developer coach. Experience with many tech stacks, but most passionate about creating high-quality business value at great speed regardless of technology. Good written and verbal communications skills. Experienced with successful Agile practices such as test-driven development, pairing, continuous integration... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Aloeswood

9:20am

Efficient Debugging
Efficient Debugging: Taking bisecting to the next level
One of the most useful techniques for debugging is applying binary search to reduce the scope of the haystack and more easily find the needle. Using binary search you can cover over 1000 revisions in 10 steps. Modern version control systems like git and mercurial have this functionality built it as the bisect command.

This talk gives an overview of the bisecting – finding the commit that introduced a defect or some other issue, and how to automate that process. Knowing the faulty commit is a good first step and sometimes sufficient in itself to solve the issue at hand. In practice however, the next steps can be more complicated. The rest of the talk will discuss techniques to go beyond the initial commit and take bisect to the next level, reducing the haystack to just a few straws.

Speakers

Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Rosewood

9:20am

Fitting DX into the Pillar Delivery Model: Lessons Learned from the Battlefield
Interested in learning more about how this DX stuff fits into Pillar projects? Unsure if there's really a difference between a DX Fusion discovery and a "traditional" Pillar discovery? How does our concept of MVP work with brilliant design? What better way than to hear from a team with lots of acronyms: DL, TL, XA, and XD. We’ll give an overview of some of the challenges we’ve faced with too many cooks in the kitchen at times and how we’ve learned to play off each others’ strengths to deliver the best value for our client.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect
For the past 20 years, J Baugh has been designing and building meaningful digital experiences. A long-time advocate for the user, he has held a wide variety roles including everything from High-Tech Anthropologist® to founder/CEO. Mr. Baugh's experience in leading startups from initial concept to commercialization proves invaluable in his current role as an Experience Architect. His unique ability to fuse together user experience, technology... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

Delivery Lead, Pillar Technology



Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Nile

9:20am

Forging Value
Forging Value - A memoir from a Pillar DL
Stories on being a Delivery Lead for Pillar Technology. Lessons through the school of hard knocks on what to do and not to do in big and seemingly "small" situations. From Team building and cadence, meeting facilitation and preparation to navigating political landmines and why it ALL matters.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson

Katie began her journey with Pillar in September of 2013 breaking out of the suffocating Corporate America culture she contended with for 10+ years. Curiosity, passion, and an intrinsic need to create and / or drive value fuel the cadence of her effort. A primary interest is in understanding business needs and desires, coupling that with observation to better be able to promote actualized value. | During off hours she spends the majority of... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Sagewood

9:20am

Introduction to Serverless Architecture
Introduction to Serverless Architecture:

Are you worried about the scalability and availability of your application? Do you find you or your team spending a lot of time deploying and managing servers? With buzzwords like “Serverless”, “BaaS”, “FaaS”, and “cloud" getting thrown around almost interchangeably it’s easy to have some confusion on what “Serverless" really means. In this talk we’ll discuss these terms and show how a Serverless Architecture can help solve some of your problems. Lastly we’ll go through an example using AWS services (specifically Lambada and API Gateway).

Speakers
avatar for Jarred Olson

Jarred Olson

Jarred has been developing software professionally for almost 10 years. He is passionate about automated testing, continuous delivery, removing inefficiencies, and developing DRY clean code in Groovy, Java, Javascript, Scala, or whatever the best tool for the job is. Currently employed at ForgeX in Columbus OH where he slings code while keeping a light and fun team environment. Outside of software Jarred enjoys spending time with his wife and 2... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Zebrawood

9:20am

PO'd at Pillar
The goal of this conversation will be to review experience(s) and learnings (both mine and others) serving as an internal product owner for a Pillar team. This breakout will discuss:
- What the PO can and should do as a member of a Pillar team.
- The relationship(s)/responsibilities a PO has within the team and key roles (DL, Tech Lead, Artisan, DX).
- Thoughts on the PO can build trust with with the client stakeholder
- Suggestions on how the PO can make meaningful decisions for the project that both the Pillar team and client can trust
- Some lessons learned from failing fast / forward

Speakers
avatar for Eric Flecher

Eric Flecher

Eric's roles to date have ranged from a management consultant at a big four accounting firm to a solution developer for a large technical services firm. Eric has spent the last 6 years delivering enterprise mobile & cloud solutions to clients in finance, education, retail, medical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors.


Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Zambezi

9:20am

The Legend of Bob Myers: A Link to the Past
Ever play a video game for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System? Did you know that you can create your very own NES game from scratch? This talk will take you from "I have a macbook and a dream" to "I am playing my own NES game on an emulator or console."

This talk will also unveil the first Pillar-themed video game ever made. Witness, in 8-bit style, our very own Bob Myers travel through time to prevent the destruction of the Forge by robots.

Warning: Some Assembly Required (the language, that is)

Speakers

Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Orange

9:20am

The Virtue of Simplicity
The Virtue of Simplicity

As smart developers, we often become complacent with the complexity of our systems. Some have called this "The curse of the gifted programmer". In this talk we will investigate the dangers even smart developers will experience when complexity inevitably gets out of control and how we can reign it in by valuing simplicity. **Warning** this isn't easy.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Duffy

Jason Duffy

Software Journeyman, Pillar
Favorite languages: Swift, Rust, JavaScript I like to work on front end / mobile and DevOps I play trombone I have 3 kids: 6-year-old twins and a 4-year-old


Saturday February 18, 2017 9:20am - 10:10am
Leopardwood

10:10am

Morning Break
Saturday February 18, 2017 10:10am - 10:30am
North Pathway

10:40am

Bare Metal Primer - Embedded Programming Concepts Leveraging C and Rust
Bare Metal Primer - Embedded Programming Concepts Leveraging C and Rust

With the increasing growth in the IoT space, custom hardware solutions may become more prevalent than ever before. In order for the software developer to deliver in these "bare-bones" environments, an understanding of the intricacies between hardware and software is essential. Please join this talk for an introduction into the fundamental concepts, mind-set, and demonstration of embedded systems programming, so that you may be better prepared during the IoT wave.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Nixon

Derek Nixon

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology



Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Nile

10:40am

Deconstructing SAFe
Deconstructing SAFe, the Principles behind the Practices

SAFe is arguably the most well known framework to scale agile, but it has a reputation of being rigid and prescriptive. This talk breaks down the problems SAFe attempts to solve and the practices available to experiment with to solve them. It also highlights traps that enterprises fall into when transitioning from traditional big up front planning to a more responsive approach to business problem solving.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Cresmen-Block

Michele Cresmen-Block

Delivery Manager, Pillar Technology
Delivering business value via: -Learning, adaptive organizations-Individual and Team motivation and evolution-Adopting frameworks that make sense in your context



Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Rosewood

10:40am

DX - Where are we now?
DX -- Where are we now? Jeff Ivany (and DX team members) share the current state of DX and where we're headed. Project examples, and what the next year will look like.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Ivany

Jeff Ivany

Jeff’s background in marketing, digital strategy, user experience, and technology was exactly the right mix we were looking for to help us grow our Digital Experience capabilities. He is a dynamic leader with a track record of building and leading cross-functional teams, and delivering measurable results across multiple industries. Jeff holds a BS in Marketing and an MS in Marketing and Communications, both from Franklin University. He served... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Leopardwood

10:40am

Embedding Data Scientists on Agile Team
Embedding Data Scientists on Agile Teams
(Joint talk: Ryan Boder and Michael Cibulskis)

One of our principles that helps us drive toward greater efficiency is reducing the duration of the feedback cycle. To that end, we have continued to build teams that have included members and skill sets of teams that we interact with heavily (e.g. Testers, DevOps, Product Owners, etc.). Having the right team composition for a project and enabling them to work together effectively has a huge impact on the ability for that team to successfully deliver high value, high quality software on-time, and on-budget.

As we start to move into a space of projects that involve Data Science and Machine Learning, how can we adapt the workflows of both our existing teams and the Data Scientists that are joining our teams, in order to reduce the feedback cycle and still produce the same kind of quality output that we expect of our teams? The "right" answer will always depend on both the team and the project needs, but we will discuss several patterns and approaches that can be used as starting points.

(Abstract will be tweaked later)

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Boder

Ryan Boder

I'm currently serving as tech lead on the Panther automotive infotainment project. I love business, problem solving, teaching and computing. Over the years my biggest technical interests have been real-time embedded systems, wireless networking, operating systems and open source tools. Recently I've been studying machine learning. I have an 11 month old son, John, and a giant dog named Dexter.
avatar for Michael Cibulskis

Michael Cibulskis

Michael has been working for Pillar out of OVR for the last 5 years. He’s a polyglot at heart and will not shy away from learning a new language -- natural or programming (though natural languages take significantly longer to pick up). His educational background and research interests revolve around Artificial Intelligence (concept learning, classification, and natural language processing). Other areas of interest (that he still has much to... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Sagewood

10:40am

Getting Started with the Particles: Photon & Electron
From www.particle.io : "A tiny, reprogrammable Wi-Fi development kit for prototyping and scaling your Internet of Things product. The Photon is a $19 tiny Wi-Fi development kit for creating connected projects and products for the Internet of Things. It's easy to use, it's powerful, and it's connected to the cloud." In this session, we'll build a few simple programs to show off some of the basic functionality of this versatile (and adorable) device. From a blinking "Hello, World!" LED to a sensor-driven "When to Water Your Houseplant", we'll explore some of the countless project possibilities the Photon enables! Then we'll check out the Electron! Where the Photon gets your Things connected via Wi-Fi, this particle gets them connected via 3G. We'll expand on what we learned from the Photon to build a 3G-enabled DIY GPS tracker using the Electron!

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith

Software Craftsman, Pillar
Kristen started out as one of the first apprentices at Pillar and has worked here for over 6 years. In that time, she has worked on 9 different projects, and though she has worked in every region, she has not yet had the opportunity to visit the Des Moines Forge!


Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Zebrawood

10:40am

India Calling
India Calling
My experiences during the past 2 years, consulting with teams in Chennai, India, both in-person and remote. What worked, what didn't, and what surprised me.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Estabrook

Fred Estabrook

Software Craftsman, Pillar
I like to talk about pretty much anything. Travel, house repairs/renovations, cycling, cooking, cars, cats, beer / spirits, and of course coding, coaching, craftsmanship, collaboration, and delivering value. ;~)


Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Aloeswood

10:40am

Servant Leadership
Why the secret to YOUR career success has absolutely NOTHING to do with you, and everything to do with the success of the OTHERS around you. Learn how to drive team performance from the middle, how to effectively be the player-coach, and how to scale your impact by effectively working with others in everything you do in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Forman

Dave Forman

Managing Director and Delivery Executive, Pillar Technology



Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Orange

10:40am

The Power of the Question
Some of the most profound leaders in the world asked the most compelling questions...John Kennedy, ".....ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Asking questions vs making statements as a consultant is the most powerful way to facilitate change. This session will teach you, through interactive live presentations, how to rephrase statements into questions.

Speakers

Saturday February 18, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am
Zambezi

11:30am

Lunch and Keynote
Saturday February 18, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
Killimanjaro Ballroom

1:50pm

Android Native Development and Testing
Android Native Development and testing. Will cover Robolectric, Instrumentation Tests, Dagger (Injection), Junit, etc. Will go over some lessons I've learned, and share skeletons on github.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Hite

Jason Hite

Journeyman, Pillar
I've been involved with GDG (Google Developer Group) for several years now. Have deployed one app to the app store, have built at least three. I've always tried to make testing android simpler while still covering the code. I've built apps in C++, Java, Ruby. I started developing apps when I was seven, after typing in programs from compute's gazette. Was either basic programs, or machine code. After seeing machine code, I learned assembly... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Leopardwood

1:50pm

Angular 2...01: Beyond the Basics
Have you ever set up an Angular project only to be overwhelmed by all the different tools necessary to get what should be a simple project up and running? Look no further. In this talk, I will go over the tools to get yourself up and running in, literally, seconds.

Also covered in this talk will be do's and don'ts of developing in Angular. Where should you go to learn best practices? What should you do to avoid performance hits? These and more will be answered through code demonstrations, along with explanations as to why.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Cavaliere

Stephen Cavaliere

Software Developer, Pillar Technology
Stephen Cavaliere has been developing software for over 10 years. From simple MSN Gaming Zone scripts to complete Healthcare CMS solutions, Stephen has worked on just about everything. He also doesn’t let location stop him. Just short of a two year stint, he worked with an agricultural client in Iowa while living in Michigan. Currently, he is the resident JavaScript guru for a surveying client in Ann Arbor, MI. | | If you ever want to talk... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Rosewood

1:50pm

Everyday Machine Learning
We know machine learning is used in autonomous cars and silicon Jeopardy contestants, but machine learning is also used in many of the everyday things you do. Things such as e-mail, shopping online, and even watching movies! We'll take a look at a few of these everyday uses and discuss the algorithms used behind the scenes to make them happen.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bernholt

Chris Bernholt

Metal Head, Pillar Technology
I got interested in computers because of video games. I wrote my first "real" program in the 8th grade. I have an associates degree in micro-computer electronics and a bachelors degree in computer science. I've written desktop and web applications professionally on both Windows and Linux platforms, using multiple languages including C, C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Pascal, Python, VB, and VB.Net. My favorite development environment is C# and the... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Nile

1:50pm

Having the Difficult Conversation: Inclusion 101
Having the Difficult Conversation: Inclusion 101

Pillar Technology must embrace more diverse and inclusive strategies for hiring and retaining top talent. Research strongly suggests companies that adopt these strategies are more successful. Let’s reflect on this research. After establishing the value we wish to create, we'll use the spirit of continuous improvement to retro where our organization stands. We will celebrate the steps our dedicated team has already taken. We will analyze the unique and difficult challenges to our goal. Then lastly, we will come up with some action items.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Busby

Callie Busby

Developer, Pillar Technology
Callie Busby has joined Pillar in the Dev Ops cultural revolution. As a new member of the technology community, she offers her unique experience on challenges faced by young females at work. Callie is passionate about creating an inclusive environment in the computer programming discipline and is co-leader of her company’s diversity team.



Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Aloeswood

1:50pm

Organizational Health
Organizational Health - How to transform an unhealthy organization to a healthy one: A Case Study. In this session, you will get a deep dive into team health topics covered in Patrick Lencioni's books and workshops covering the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, The Advantage, and The Ideal Team Player

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team outlines the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where you work, and the keys to overcoming them. Counter to conventional wisdom, the causes of dysfunction are both identifiable and curable. However, they don't die easily. Making a team functional and cohesive requires levels of courage and discipline that many groups cannot seem to muster.

The Advantage provides readers with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health. Organizational health is about making a company function effectively by building a cohesive leadership team, establishing real clarity among those leaders, communicating that clarity to everyone within the organization and putting in place just enough structure to reinforce that clarity going forward.

The model in The Advantage was originally introduced in Pat’s business fable, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

An ideal team player embodies three virtues: humility, hunger and people smarts. The power this combination yields drastically accelerates and improves the process of building high-performing teams.

Speakers
avatar for Aladin Gohar

Aladin Gohar

Delivery Executive, Pillar Technology



Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Orange

1:50pm

Retro on the Spot and Beyond!
Retro on the Spot and Beyond!

Team retrospectives typically happen once a sprint to help shed light on areas for improvement. However, sometimes the team has a daunting area or several to tackle and making progress to positive change can be slow. This session will explore how we can keep our retrospection hat on throughout the sprint to create even shorter feedback cycles. We’ll look at ways to make ongoing micro changes toward a much larger improvement area.

Additionally, we’ll talk about different ways to keep your retrospectives engaging and focused on their purpose - continuous improvement. You’ll leave with resources for your retrospectives and we’ll even put one of the tools into practice during the session to retro PillarCon.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Grignol

Kathy Grignol

Delivery Lead
Kathy has been leading teams for over 10 years and has a passion for trying new ideas and techniques to keep the team room and cadence fresh and interesting for her teams. She believes retrospectives have the power to be the single best thing a team can do when done well. While Kathy enjoys leading teams, she would rather follow when she ballroom dances with her husband.



Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Zebrawood

1:50pm

So You Wanna be a Tech Lead
So You Wanna Be a Tech Lead at Pillar? In this talk I will attempt to shed light on a key role at Pillar. There has been a lot of conversation about and uncertainty with regards to what makes a Pillar Tech Lead. I will cover such topics as: EQ, collaboration, business savviness, leadership, a healthy ego... and anything else I can think of that makes this role work. For reference, here's a blog post I did almost 2 years ago: https://medium.com/@mholtman/so-you-wanna-be-a-tech-lead-456323a7cbb5#.jatc9mxrk

Speakers
avatar for Mark Holtman

Mark Holtman

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
By day, I am a mild-mannered consultant working for Pillar Technology in Columbus, OH. By night, I teach the traditional Korean martial art to wayward college students at THE Ohio State University.


Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Sagewood

1:50pm

Systems thinking 101
Systems thinking 101 - We claim that systems thinking is the basis of our Pillar practices. But what is it? Join Daryl for an interactive session on learning the basics of systems thinking and how to apply it to your daily work.

Speakers

Saturday February 18, 2017 1:50pm - 2:40pm
Zambezi

2:40pm

Afternoon Break
Saturday February 18, 2017 2:40pm - 3:10pm
North Pathway

3:10pm

Build Your Own Arduino!
Build Your Own Arduino! Participants in this workshop will be handed a shifty looking baggie full of inexpensive parts, which they will use to create their very own Arduino - compatible microcontroller board.

While constructing the board, we will discuss and tinker with each component (clock source, power regulation, etc.) to see how they work. Then we'll boot 'em up and (provided the blue smoke hasn't escaped by this point) start writing some code and talking to some devices.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Schlehlein

Nathan Schlehlein

Technical Whiz-Bangery And Assorted Bad-Assery, Same Place You Work, Probably.
Nathan Schlehlein is a wannabe problem solver who earns his living making dreams come true for people via software. A semi-recent transplant to the semi-bustling city of Des Moines, IA, he resides in the "pretty OK" western burbs with his three awesome kids, long-suffering wife, and hyperactive dog. He is an enthusiast of intriguing, historically significant, and / or dangerous technology and enjoys good scotch, beer with a back story, and a... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Sagewood

3:10pm

Coding with Guy & Jim: The Tetris Kata™
Hey kids! Are you tired of all the old katas? Perhaps you see Roman numerals in your sleep or you've fizzed your last buzz. Maybe your vending machine is empty. Well, there's no need to worry as we've got a shiny new kata straight from the kata factory. It's something you haven't done before. It even has that new kata smell! It's the Tetris Kata™.

The Tetris Kata™ was designed by an eccentric engineer by the name of Jim Kirkbride. Jim, known for his strange behavior and strict coding standards, has special made this kata just for you. He worked many long and hard hours putting this kata together so that all you boys and girls could write some fresh code!

Concerned about writing fresh new code? No worries. Jim and Guy will be there the whole time to help guide you if you get stuck. And, since you'll be programming with a buddy, you can always ask them for help too.

You can do the Tetris Kata™ in any language you like so come on over and check out the hottest new kata. The Tetris Kata™. You'll be glad you did!

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In this session we'll kick the tires on a new kata so we can see how it works in a workshop and how it might work as a kata for vetting new hires. We'll spend most of the workshop coding and then have a retro to discuss how pairing partners approached the problem, problems they ran into and all that other retro goodness we love.

If you'd like to get a jump on the kata, it can be found on GitHub at https://gist.github.com/jameskbride/f7c6cbf133294518f1995744aa90a8e4.

Special thanks to Jeremy Winters for helping out on the abstract and story descriptions.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Kirkbride

Jim Kirkbride

James is an experienced software developer, and all around geek who is focused on providing business value and assisting individuals and organizations in reaching their goals via technology. He is an enthusiastic advocate of Agile and Test-Driven Development who strives to produce high-quality, testable and maintainable code. | James is also committed to life-long learning, and as such you'll find him attending various events including Grails and... Read More →
avatar for Guy Royse

Guy Royse

A born and bred Ohio native, Guy has a basic urge to create that has been a burden his entire life. Where others would choose arts and crafts, he has chosen to channel this urge into creating beautiful software. Guy was introduced to computers before he learned algebra and before Tron. He was immediately and irrevocably sucked into their alluring beauty. In fact, the draw of programming was so strong and one might call his career more of a... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Leopardwood

3:10pm

Design Thinking Workshop
Design Thinking Workshop -- Show people what it's like to get hands-on in a D Thinking Workshop: Run through a "prepared" design sprint, much like a cooking show, so we can be "live" in certain areas but we can also pull out the "already prepared" parts to keep the format to two hours or so.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Ivany

Jeff Ivany

Jeff’s background in marketing, digital strategy, user experience, and technology was exactly the right mix we were looking for to help us grow our Digital Experience capabilities. He is a dynamic leader with a track record of building and leading cross-functional teams, and delivering measurable results across multiple industries. Jeff holds a BS in Marketing and an MS in Marketing and Communications, both from Franklin University. He served... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Nile

3:10pm

Farm To Table Family Style
I plan on cooking 3 different recipes, Vegetable soup w/ pesto, Roasted Chicken w/ Mustard Sauce, Dessert. I’ll  have activities and handouts for the crowd to keep them busy.

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Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Room 1522

3:10pm

Fundamentals of Embedded C using mob programming
Interested in high-profile embedded projects? Pair Programming not Extreme enough for you? Come test-drive a Raspberry Pi from a Mac, using Mob Programming to help us learn fast.

Don't know what to try next? Take the keyboard. Got an idea? Step away and talk someone else through it. After only two hours, we'll have written tests and code in C, mocked hardware-specific calls, cross-compiled from our development host, and deployed working software to the target.

Wanna try it on your own? Materials and instructions

Speakers
avatar for Amitai Schleier

Amitai Schleier

Software development coach, Pillar Technology
Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) is an enlightened doofus, software development coach, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, and award-winning bad poet. He publishes fixed-length micropodcasts at Agile in 3 Minutes, writes variable-length articles at schmonz.com, and contributes code and direction to notable open-source projects such as NetBSD, pkgsrc, and ikiwiki. Amitai’s ideas, prose, music, and puns have manifested at Agile Roots... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Zebrawood

3:10pm

Hands-On Techno-Fashion Workshop
A morphing of technology, convenience and aesthetics results in a wide range of possibilities in the world of wearables and techno-fashion. According to a recent ABI Research report, wearable health and fitness devices are expected to hit 169.5 million in five years, a huge jump from the nearly 21 million devices sold in 2013. This hands on workshop will immerse participants into the world of programmable e-textiles through a simple development board. Join in collaborating to invent and create your own techno-fashion project. Dream up a GPS dog collar or make a dazzling tiara. The technology is as easy as connecting a battery, copy and paste the code. Leave with resources on how to make your idea a reality.

Please do the following prior to attending this session to make things more efficient.

Bring a laptop (and USB hub if you have a MacBook Pro...USB 3 doesn't play nicely with Arduino). Please download and install the following items before arriving to the Pe-Compiler.
Arduino Tools for your development platform:
        Download Instructions:  https://www.arduino.cc/en/guide/macOSX#toc1 
NeoPixel Library:
        Download instructions: https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide/arduino-library-installation

Presentation Can be Found Here:  http://bit.ly/PillarCON-technofashion 

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Clavin

Kimberly Clavin

Kimberly Clavin - Engineer, Educator, InnovatorKimberly's journey took her from Kindergarten through a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and on to corporate life. As she physically got older her energy got younger. That is when Kimberly discovered the secret to reverse aging. As a catalyst to her theory she went from corporate life to teaching Mechanical Engineering at OSU then dipped into an administration role within a K-12 district. While... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Zambezi

3:10pm

Improv and Agile
Improv And Agile - using improv to improve your big C consulting.
With Special Guest Shannon Coon

This interactive workshop would run through a series of realistic examples of client facing situations where we would apply improv techniques to practice and improve how we consult with our clients.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Estabrook

Fred Estabrook

Software Craftsman, Pillar
I like to talk about pretty much anything. Travel, house repairs/renovations, cycling, cooking, cars, cats, beer / spirits, and of course coding, coaching, craftsmanship, collaboration, and delivering value. ;~)



Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Rosewood

3:10pm

Introduction to Making, Innovating & Prototyping - Working With Strawbees
Family Freindly - Even if you attend something else, feel free to send your spouse and kids to this session. However, this not a babysitting session, so please have a "responsible" kid or least kid at heart with them.

After a short intorduction to some basic priciples and practices, attendees of this session will get to let their creative minds run free as we build whatever our hearts desire out of straws and connectors. With the use of an innovative little product set called Strawbees™, the wonderful aspects of making and innovating are literally limitless. Come on and join in the fun!

There will even be some prizes for winners in certain catagories. 


Speakers
avatar for Dan Davis

Dan Davis

Daniel Davis is a Business Improvement Consultant, Agile Practitioner, Polyglot Developer, Innovator, Hacker, and Maker. He has been working in Agile and Agile Software Development for over the last 10 years. Currently, he is an Executive Consultant and Delivery Lead here at Pillar and has spent the last few years focused on driving solutions at an enterprise level working with companies such as Delphi, AAA Life, General Motors, Blue Cross Blue... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Orange

3:10pm

Self-Defense
Self-Defense: Protecting our People
That's right, a self-defense workshop at PillarCon. Two of our very own martial artists, Mark Holtman (Tang Soo Do) and Jonathon Baugh (Isshinryu), will give you some basic tips and tricks for protecting yourself. This will be a hands-on workshop and you will walk away with several techniques for protecting yourself from physical confrontations. Besides simply learning the how, we will explore the why of self-defense and balance both body and mind. Hint: wear clothes that you can move around in.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect
For the past 20 years, J Baugh has been designing and building meaningful digital experiences. A long-time advocate for the user, he has held a wide variety roles including everything from High-Tech Anthropologist® to founder/CEO. Mr. Baugh's experience in leading startups from initial concept to commercialization proves invaluable in his current role as an Experience Architect. His unique ability to fuse together user experience, technology... Read More →
avatar for Mark Holtman

Mark Holtman

Software Craftsman, Pillar Technology
By day, I am a mild-mannered consultant working for Pillar Technology in Columbus, OH. By night, I teach the traditional Korean martial art to wayward college students at THE Ohio State University.


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Indigo Bay

3:10pm

Techniques, Garnishes & Knife Skills that will bring your Forge Experience home to entertain and wow your guests 101
What you will learn

  • Saute Skills
-Saute Definition
-What ingredients to saute
-Protein Selections
-Size and Shape
-Seasoning
-Searing vs. Saute

  • Basic Saute Procedure
-season
-sear
-Garnish Components
-Aromatics
-Deglaze
-Flambe
-Sauce Components
-Reduction
-Finish the Sauce
-Plate up

  • Saute Terminology
-Fond
-Cutlet
-Scallop
-Medallion
-Noisette
-Chop
-Au Sec
-Liasion
-Monter Au Beurre
-Mother Sauces
-Mis En PLace

  • Garnishes
-Turning Slicer (Spiralized Potato)
-Japanese Mandolin (Radish)
-French Mandolin (Gaufrette Potato)
-Julienne Peeler (Matchstick Potatoes)
  • Garnishes Cont.
-Fried Basil
- Sexy Scallions
-Peeler
- Cilantro Plouch
-Aioli/Puree/ Coulis Dots
-Spoon Smear/ Straight Spoon Lines
- Quenelles

  • Cooking demo

Sweet Potato Lo Mien with Sauteed Shrimp
Lemon Grass & Ginger Coconut Mirin Broth, Scallions, Radish, Snap Peas, Shiitake Mushrooms, Fried Basil, Fresh Cilantro

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Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Room 1527

3:10pm

YES, YOU CAN DRAW
YES, YOU CAN DRAW – This workshop has been specifically designed for you, and all Pillar folks, to gain and reinforce confidence in drawing skills and to think more visually. Engaging, hands-on exercises will teach you how to leverage simple drawing techniques in daily work and will focus on proven methods to organize ideas that drive meaning. Your instructor, Keith Tatum, has thoughtfully crafted activities intended to be the most fun and memorable ones at PillarCon.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Tatum

Keith Tatum

Experience Architect Keith is passionate about making experiences work in the ways that people need and expect. With a background that combines illustration, design, and information architecture, he draws on his diverse skills to shape and improve Pillar digital experiences, always in the pursuit of delivering digital delight. His role enables him to bring lean UX to life for Pillar software artisans through sketches, white board models... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 5:10pm
Aloeswood

3:10pm

The Physics of Fun... (aka 'BYOD : Building your own drone')
As children, you are able to explore and imagine limitless possibilities. Allow me to return you to your childhood, showing you the power of learning through fun.

The process of building a quadcopter and exploring the mechanical, electrical and mathematical aspects will inspire creativity... and we have proof of this through our work with local school children and the STEM program.

This workshop will be an encore of my 'The Physics of Fun... how I got 31 6th graders to learn physics while having fun.'

During the workshop, we will discuss the basics of how a multi-rotor works… the steps to build a multi-rotor… including details on flight controllers, frame selection, motors and props (including determining what type of multi-rotor will suite your purpose), speed controllers and batteries. There are a lot of variables… all of these details will be broken down, making the process of building your first copter a ‘flight in the park’. At the end… a flying multi-rotor copter will be air-worthy and demonstrated.

here is a link to the slide deck -> https://speakerdeck.com/ddaugher/physics-of-fun

Pillar has provided 25 complete multi-rotor kits for the workshop.

*** Please plan to bring the following to the workshop
  • your laptop
  • micro usb (the same one that will charge most android phones).  This is not required, but it will really help out if we have more than just mine.

Speakers
avatar for DJ Daugherty

DJ Daugherty

aerial robotics and autonomous 'things', Pillar Technology
DJ has been using state models and asynchronous processing for many years to solve business problems for companies of all sizes. As small as a logistics software company responsible for the routing of trucks, a web hosting company responsible for the handling of website malware detection, to large-scale financial electronic processing and natural gas logistics management. | | I travel the technology and agile world alongside Pillar... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 3:10pm - 7:10pm
Salon H

11:00pm

How to never hear from me again
How to never hear from me again

Speakers

Saturday February 18, 2017 11:00pm - 11:05pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:00pm

Waterpark Party
Saturday February 18, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday February 19, 2017 2:00am
Waterpark

11:07pm

Body Language for Consultants
Body Language for Consultants

Consulting is a 'high touch' role that needs people with high EQ. One aspect of this is body language. This brief talk explores how your body language can affect the recipients of your message and your engagement in the conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Cresmen-Block

Michele Cresmen-Block

Delivery Manager, Pillar Technology
Delivering business value via: -Learning, adaptive organizations-Individual and Team motivation and evolution-Adopting frameworks that make sense in your context


Saturday February 18, 2017 11:07pm - 11:12pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:14pm

Night Kayaking for Fun and Mental Health
Night Kayaking for Fun and Mental Health

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Saturday February 18, 2017 11:14pm - 11:19pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:21pm

Alternate Architecture
Alternate Architecture. If we focus on features (vertical slices) of our system rather than layers (horizontal slices), we will get a simpler, more maintainable architecture.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Henke

Mark Henke

I am a Journeyman on the GForce team who loves talking about architecture and thinking about software at a System level. I am a C# guy at heart.


Saturday February 18, 2017 11:21pm - 11:26pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:28pm

Using your RPG gaming experience to grow your soft skills
Using your RPG gaming experience to grow your soft skills - Are you a gamer? Ever play Dungeons & Dragons or any other variant of role-playing games? If so, you've got a tremendous amount of training in empathy. The challenge is to harness that to level up your empathy with clients and end-users.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect
For the past 20 years, J Baugh has been designing and building meaningful digital experiences. A long-time advocate for the user, he has held a wide variety roles including everything from High-Tech Anthropologist® to founder/CEO. Mr. Baugh's experience in leading startups from initial concept to commercialization proves invaluable in his current role as an Experience Architect. His unique ability to fuse together user experience, technology... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 11:28pm - 11:33pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:35pm

How to Get the Most Out of Pillar
"How to Get the Most Out of Pillar" Working at Pillar provides many exciting opportunities, but they are not usually handed to us. Sharing how I recently achieved a new opportunity at Pillar, I will help people find and get new opportunities at Pillar for themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Hoover

Jeff Hoover

Pillar Technology
Jeff helps project management and technical teams succeed together through teaching of agile practices like value stories, story maps, sprint planning, and retrospectives. | He helps teams build the right thing by using solid acceptance criteria and well-written and sized user story cards and finding ways to include quality-assurance early and throughout the project development. | Jeff's extensive software development experience allows him to... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 11:35pm - 11:40pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:42pm

Powerlifting and Coding: Why Form Matters
Powerlifting and Coding: Why Form Matters

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Saturday February 18, 2017 11:42pm - 11:47pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub

11:49pm

We are all consultants
This means we will all find ourselves in situations with clients and coworkers where things can get awkward, even uncomfortable. Fortunately, no matter how stressful things get there is always one thing we can control: our own minds. Learn some cognitive psychology tools that let you remain calm in (and even empathize with) challenging coworkers and situations. Reduce your stress level while improving your team's health.

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Saturday February 18, 2017 11:49pm - 11:54pm
Mud Hut Hot Tub
 
Sunday, February 19
 

9:00am

Breakfast / Family Keynote
Sunday February 19, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Killimanjaro Ballroom