Panel: Engineering Onboarding

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Tuesday, 12 October, 2021 - 17:4518:30

Moderator: Daria Barteneva, Microsoft

Panelists: Jennifer Petoff, Google; Anne Hamilton, Microsoft; Sandi Friend, LinkedIn; Ilse White, Learnovate


In this panel on Engineering Onboarding we will discuss with a few industry experts their thoughts on what are the big questions and challenges in this field? What have been the significant changes in the past few years? And, finally, what next?

Daria Barteneva, Microsoft

Daria Barteneva is a Principal Site Reliability Engineer in Observability Engineering in Azure. With a background in Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, and Music, Daria is passionate about machine learning, diversity in tech, and opera. In her current role, Daria is focused on changing organizational culture, processes, and platforms to improve service reliability and on-call experience.

Jennifer Petoff, Google

Jennifer Petoff is Google's Director of SRE Education and is based in Dublin, Ireland. She leads the SRE EDU program globally and is one of the co-editors of the best-selling book, Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems.

Anne Hamilton, Microsoft

Anne Hamilton leads the Azure Engineering Learning (AEL) team at Microsoft. AEL creates and delivers training on Azure and related topics for internal engineering teams at Microsoft to help them learn new techniques and improve practices. When not working, Anne x/c skis (slowly), cycles (sparingly), and golfs (poorly).

Sandi Friend, LinkedIn

Sandi Friend, now the manager of Technical Training and Documentation at LinkedIn, has been onboarding LinkedIn engineers for 9 years. During this time she has established several programs including an award winning Engineer Bootcamp that has proven to reduce onboarding time, increase productivity and prepare the engineer for embedding in their team. She has also created and scaled programs to facilitate knowledge sharing through Tech Talks, labs, videos and other methods completely generated by the engineers themselves. Prior to joining LinkedIn she spent twenty plus years in the high tech industry creating and delivering technical training for various customers throughout the world. To better help the engineers at LinkedIn, Sandi is expanding her expertise to include accessibility so she is able to foster training, documentation and tooling that is available to everyone. She is also evaluating options for improving training, documentation and development processes to accommodate the hybrid workforce while still maintaining quality and engagement. She is a world traveller that resides in Austin, TX with her teenage daughter. She enjoys exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. But right now she is settling for a good movie.

Ilse White, Learnovate

Ilse White is a Corporate Learning Researcher at Learnovate since February 2021. Prior to Learnovate, she spent 15 years working on the People Development team in Google where she gained extensive experience in learning design, learning strategy & program management as well as technology-enhanced learning across a wide range of topics like onboarding and management/leadership development. She cares about delivering great learning experiences and has a strong client focus.

Ilse holds an MSc in Business Communication from Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) and a Graduate Diploma in Education & eLearning from Dublin City University (DCU) and is currently considering her next educational focus, possibly psychology or organizational development.

Originally from a small town in the Netherlands she has made Dublin's northside her home for the past 16 years, where she lives with her husband and 3 children. If she had any spare time, she would be walking and cycling all around the country and writing children's books.

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