Training at IMPACT


CMG is pleased to offer multiple training options for 2019 IMPACT attendees. Training options are priced individually or may be included in full conference registrations and can be signed up for during the registration process or leading up to IMPACT.

2019 Offerings:
The Power of Networking: Building Effective Networks, Mentors, and Sponsors
Hands-on Lab: Observe your Applications with OpenTracing
Welcome to AI & Machine Learning

Training Option 1:

The Power of Networking:  Building Effective Networks, Mentors, and Sponsors

The ability to learn from and influence people informally rather than solely

based on your position in the organization is critically important in today’s workplace. And the ability to influence without authority is directly tied to the networks you build in your professional life.  In fact, research shows that strong professional networks are one of the most important factors in promotability.  Yet engineers and technologists are notoriously poor at networking and are dismissive of the proven value of networks.

This session is part of CMG’s Advancing Technical Leaders Program

In this hands-on workshop, experts from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) will discuss the research, tools and methodologies to understand and leverage professional networks, mentors and sponsors.  You’ll learn about:

  • CCL’s ground-breaking research behind how and why networks impact success in the workplace
  • CCL’s Network Analysis research defining 4 Network Types and which are most effective
  • How to build, maintain, and leverage networks effectively – with a minimal time investment
  • How to use your network to influence without authority
  • The difference between mentors and sponsors and the value of each
  • How to find and work most effectively with mentors and sponsors

You’ll also complete CCL’s Leadership Network Diagnostic to analyze the characteristics of your current network and learn how to expand and make changes to build the most effective network.

About The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
CCL is a non-profit organization with 10 campuses worldwide dedicated to providing research and executive education on leadership.  CCL offers a range of research-based on-site and digital educational services for all leader levels and challenges.  CCL has been recognized by the Financial Times Top 10 in Executive Education for 10 consecutive years.  www.ccl.org

Training Option 2:

Hands on Lab: Observe your Applications with OpenTracing

Building a cloud native organization without having a robust understanding

of what your applications are doing in production is near impossible. Exposure to these tools will give engineers making this transformation in their organization a greater understanding behind the need for observability.

In this session, we will cover how to install Prometheus, Grafana, and Jaeger on a Kubernetes cluster. We will then instrument a sample application composed of Java, Go, and NodeJS services using those technologies.

We will show how developers can see transactions occurring between their applications and explore how these tools will help both developers and operations troubleshoot and diagnose issues.

We will also cover how these tools can be leveraged to build alerts and deliver business intelligence.

The audience will gain an understanding of the tools available to help them collect metrics, analyze them, and alert on them. They will know why they should use tools such as Prometheus, Grafana with their cloud-native applications.

They will begin to understand how to instrument their Java, Golang, and NodeJS applications with the OpenTracing library. They will have the see how the interactions between their apps are traced with Jaeger.

This session is included in full conference registrations.


Presented by Kevin Crawley

Kevin has been distinguished by by his peers as a Docker Captain for his outstanding work with the community and the successful implementation of Docker in Production over the past 3 years. He is passionate about sharing the stories of success (and failure!) of the teams he works with and his own experiences. He is a developer evangelist for Instana, an APM and container monitoring service provider and speaks globally on topics including distributed computing, microservices, containers, monitoring, logging, deployment automation, observability, public speaking, alert fatigue and human ops.

He organizes several local meetup groups in the Nashville, TN area including Docker, Go, and Serverless and has spoken at many other groups including Java, Javascript, PHP, and DevOps. He is currently working on a new monthly podcast called devopsCast with the first episode airing sometime this summer.

At his previous jobs he‘s designed and built distributed scheduling systems utilizing Symfony (PHP), Amazon SQS, DynamoDB, and Redshift. His most recent project he was responsible for designing, building and delivering a modern software delivery platform using Go/Angular which was integrated with Docker Swarm and Gitlab. This application is capable of delivering phoenix environments and a fully configurable production pipeline. This application manages the SDLC of over 1000 containers and dozens of engineers building on a Kafka, Cassandra, and Spring Boot ecosystem.

A little about Kevin’s personal life in his own words… “I am a board game junkie and I will recruit for games at every possible opportunity. I have a 5 year old son named Jonah and my spouses name is Rachel. Jonah loves Legos as much as I do but I’m not if I should put the Death Star back together again for the 3rd time. I enjoy traveling, photography, hiking, camping, and HOCKEY. GO PREDS!!!!”

Training Option 3:

Welcome to AI & Machine Learning

Machine learning is a branch of AI that is providing the fuel for enormous

productivity growth all around the world with new applications across every industry. Join this introductory session to learn how it works through a discussion of both its key algorithms and some of its applications.

Machine learning is a branch of AI that has finally started to deliver on the goals that the field of AI has been exploring for the past 50 years. Although some of the key algorithms behind machine learning have been around for decades, the convergence of the availability of enormous amounts of data and the computational infrastructure needed to process it is providing the fertile ground needed to launch an explosive growth in the applications of machine learning across every industry vertical. This tutorial will provide a broad overview of the field and will introduce the audience to this very exciting field. Attendees will walk away with a good understanding of what makes machine learning different from previous attempts to automation, get a glimpse at some of types of problems that it attempts to solve (such as predictive analytics with regression and classification, clustering, and recommendations) and the key algorithms used to solve those problems, and see how some of those algorithms are applied to practical problems.

Presented by Odysseas Pentakalos and Alex Gilgur

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