Internal Tech Conferences

Internal Tech Conferences : Accelerate Multi-team Learning

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Internal tech conferences can make a significant impact on an organisation's level of sharing, learning, and communication by accelerating multi-team learning across technology departments. The pace of change in IT means that cross-department learning is essential, and many organisations have found that an internal tech conference is an excellent way to achieve this.

This book provides practical advice on how to prepare, run and follow-up on an internal tech conference, together with case studies from several organisations showing the approaches in common and the adaptations for each situation.

This book is for people involved in technology leadership in some form: people in "official" positions of leadership (CIO, CTO, Head of Engineering, IT Operations Manager, etc.) and those in more informal technology leadership positions, such as team leaders, senior engineers, and people who simply like to lead by example.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 209g
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912058839
  • 9781912058839
  • 1,297,801

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"Simple, clear advice on how to run a successful internal conference, with practical tips and even a toolkit to help. Written by people that have actually done it."

- Mark Barnes, Foundation Services Technical Officer, Financial Times

"Running an internal tech conference has made a big contribution to changes in culture and approach at the Financial Times. We aren't the only place who have seen this type of impact. If you want a practical guide to how to do something similar in your organisation, this book is for you!"

- Sarah Wells, Technical Director for Operations and Reliability, Financial Times

"We've found internal tech conferences to be transformational for our software development teams and Victoria & Matthew's book provides valuable, practical guidance that will help you plan, run and capitalise on your own brilliant conference."

- Chris Smith, Head of Product Delivery, Redgate Software

"Internal Tech Conferences is full of great stories and tips based on real-life experiences and lessons learned which will benefit conference organisers who wish to create a more collaborative and playful workplace through shared learning."

- Portia Tung, Executive Agile Coach, Play Researcher and founder of The School of Play (, dedicated to promoting happier adulthood through lifelong play

"At IDBS we build some complicated software for the life science sector using a wide range of technologies, so it's vital that all our engineers are always up to speed on the different approaches and techniques. In 2019 we ran the first of our Eng.age events, an internal conference for all engineers working on our software products. Over 20 people presented topics ranging from AI/ML, Serverless, UX in Scrum, blockchain, performance testing to GraphQL. We used the excellent ideas and patterns in the book Internal Tech Conferences to help us plan, execute, and follow-up on the conference. The book was hugely useful for making our internal tech conference a success - in particular, the checklists at the back of the book helped us to avoid a whole set of non-obvious problems, making the day run smoothly."

- Wesley Childs, Senior Director of Engineering, IDBS
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