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  • QCon San Francisco 2023 Day 1: Architectures, Data Engineering, Infra Languages, Staff+ Skills

    The 17th annual QCon San Francisco conference was held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, California. This five-day event, organized by C4Media, consists of three days of presentations and two days of workshops. Day One, scheduled on October 2nd, 2023, included a keynote address by Suhail Patel and presentations from four conference tracks and two sponsored tracks.

  • Challenges and Skills for Staff+ Engineering, Learnings from QCon New York

    The QCon New York 2023 track Staff+ Engineering: New Skills, New Challenges comprised four talks that went into decisions with buy-in, growing people, the art of staff+, and deciding between individual contributions and leading people.

  • QCon New York: Five Tracks to Level-up on the Latest Software Development Practices

    The 2023 edition of the QCon New York (June 13-15) software development conference, hosted by InfoQ, is set to bring together over 800 senior software developers. The three-day conference will feature over 80 innovative senior software practitioners from early adopter companies sharing how they are solving current challenges, providing new ideas and perspectives across multiple domains.

  • The Engineer/Manager Pendulum: Charity Majors at QCon SF

    Charity Majors, founder and CTO of, gave a talk at QCon San Francisco about the pendulum of being a senior engineer and manager. She discussed the need for managers in technical teams to have engineering credibility and the value that comes from deliberately embracing both senior technologist and manager roles, but not both at the same time.

  • Accelerate Your Growth and Build Better-Connected Teams at QCon San Francisco Oct 24-28, 2022

    Teams attend QCon to get together, get answers to technical challenges, and get clarity on software decisions, workflows, and roadmaps. QCon San Francisco (Oct 24-28), powered by InfoQ, brings together the world's most innovative senior software engineers, architects, and team leads across multiple domains to share their real-world implementation of emerging trends and practices.

  • How to Become a Staff-Plus Engineer

    If you are interested in becoming a staff-plus engineer, take time to explore your values and start discussing your career goals and ambitions with your manager. You can engage with engineering communities to develop your skills. Staff-plus engineers are able to lead tech people, where getting things done goes beyond their individual capacity to grow and mentor others.

  • The Path to a Staff-Plus Engineer Role: from Management Back to Tech

    When working in tech, a managerial career may not be for you. Fabiane Bizinella Nardon went from being a manager back to tech, becoming a staff plus engineer and creating a staff plus friendly company. She presented A CTO That Still Codes: My Tortuous Path to the Staff Plus Engineer Role at QCon London 2022 and will present at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • Becoming an Effective Staff-Plus Engineer

    To increase your effectiveness as a staff-plus engineer, it can help to develop your communication, listening, technical strategy, and networking skills. Blanca Garcia Gil presented Five Behaviours to Become an Effective Staff-Plus Engineer at QCon London 2022 and will present at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • Remain in Tech by Becoming a Staff Plus Engineer

    Engineers who want to remain focused on tech can follow the path toward a staff plus engineer. Staff plus engineers enable others to have impact. Bringing the people along can be hard; you need to work on your communication and influential skills. Nicky Wrightson presented The Secret Strategy for Landing That Staff Engineer Role at QCon London 2022 and will present at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • How Open Source Can Pave the Path Towards a Staff+ Role

    Open source contributions and long-term community engagement can help you on your path to a staff+ engineer role. Written communication skills are key for the async and remote work which is common in open source. Your contributions should be aligned with business needs, which can give you visibility that opens up career possibilities. Alex Porcelli presented at QCon London 2022.

  • Becoming a Staff Plus Engineer: Leadership and Communication Training Matters

    The poor industry support for engineers who want to pursue a technical career affects them; many outstanding technical individuals find themselves forced to seek a management position. The path to a staff plus engineer role is not straightforward. Training on leadership and communication for staff plus engineers can help them to become a better tech leader.

  • Five Behaviours of Successful Staff Plus Engineers

    Staff plus engineers act as technical leaders to have a bigger impact. Their ability to get things done goes beyond their individual capacity to grow and mentor others. The tech industry has moved away from thinking that engineers work individually and collaboration is one of the most important behaviours in a staff plus role.