Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 2–4, 2019
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Thursday, April 4 • 11:05am - 11:35am
It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Lessons Learnt from Onboarding New Cloud Foundry Contributors - Denise Yu & Andrew Su, Pivotal

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Pivotal Cloud Foundry has hundreds of engineers working on Open Source Cloud Foundry and PCF, but the majority join us with no previous experience working in this project space. It is challenging to design an effective and empathetic onboarding program for engineers who are new to platform development, but technical onboarding is one of the most critical components for building an inclusive engineering culture, at home and within the larger Open Source community. In this talk, we will provide an overview of Pivotal’s “Onboarding Week” ritual, and showcase how we implement various Extreme Programming practices to facilitate learning, feedback, and continuous improvement.

At the core of all of these practices is psychological safety: a critical component for creating an environment where it is completely safe to fail and explore. By the end of this talk, all attendees -- whether they are engineers, managers, leadership, or somewhere in between -- will learn how to assess the effectiveness of their current onboarding practices and gain some new insights on how to design empathetic onboarding programs.


Andrew Su

Software Engineer, Pivotal
Andrew has been contributing to BOSH for two and a half years, and was the anchor of the Toronto BOSH team. In his time on the team he drove feature work on the BOSH links API, the removal of the registry, and many others. Prior to joining BOSH he built consumer-facing applications... Read More →
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Denise Yu

Senior software engineer, Pivotal
Denise works on Concourse CI, an open source workflow automation tool, at Pivotal Cloud Foundry. In the past she has worked on open- and closed-source products in the Cloud Foundry ecosystem including BOSH, Cloud Controller, and the On-Demand Service Broker SDK. She speaks regularly... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 11:05am - 11:35am EDT
Room 121A