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Scalability Workshop - SF

By Drew  |  Posted on February, 9 2016

AKF Scalability Workshop – SF
April 20 - 21, 2016 in San Francisco

Register Here: SFScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop Overview

Our workshop is designed for technology executives who are responsible for delivering highly available and highly scalable technical platforms & products.  The principles we share can be applied to large organizations and start-ups alike.  Our principles are technology-agnostic – we believe you can successfully scale with almost any technology if key concepts are followed.  During our two-day workshop, you’ll participate in sessions that integrate our experience, research, and the work we’ve done with over 350 clients since 2007. 

How is the workshop structured?

The workshop is delivered in 14 collaborative sessions over the 2-day event.  While a member of the AKF team will lead the discussion in each session, much of the interaction comes from the participants themselves.  We keep the session size limited (maximum of 25 attendees) so that each attendee can be an active part of the conversation, share experiences, and ask questions from other executives who have been in your shoes.  You’ll leave the workshop with principles, tools, and examples that you can continuously apply to your platform and organization.

Who should attend the workshop?

Our event is designed for current CTOs, VPs of Engineering, Chief Architects, and other technology executives who want to improve their management, leadership, and technology skills.  We help companies scale their technology and product platforms.  Although nearly any technical organization would benefit from the lessons shared in the workshop, our sessions will provide the most value to companies that use technology to deliver their core product or service (e.g. SaaS, eCommerce). 

What topics are covered in the workshop?

The CTO Role: A discussion on the diversity of expectations and responsibilities from the 400 companies we have worked with at AKF Partners.
The Right People & Roles: Ensuring the right talent is placed in positions for success.
Management & Leadership: The skills of a transformational leader and highly effective manager.
Conflict & Innovation: A discussion of good and bad conflicts in organizations and how to increase innovation.
Multidisciplinary Agile Teams: Building innovative teams with diverse experience and skills.
Team Goals & KPIs: Setting goals, metrics, and KPIs for Agile teams to ensure success.
The Experiential Chasm: The widening gap between business leaders and technology leaders and how to close it.
Service Delivery Mindset: The most successful technology organizations are structured with a service oriented mindset and we will discuss how to transform your organization and mindset.
AKF Risk Model: Our viewpoint of risk and how to manage it successfully in your architecture, people, and processes.
Highly Scalable Architectures: An in-depth look at creating highly scalable and available architectures
AKF Scale Cube: Our approach to designing highly scalable architectures.
Creating Fault Isolation: The importance of isolation for availability and time to market.
Architecture Principles: An in-depth look at the top architecture principles and how to apply them.
Processes for a Learning Organization: The most effective processes to put in place to create a successful learning organization.

Who will be teaching this workshop?

The workshop will be delivered by two of AKF’s Managing Partners, Marty Abbott and Mike Fisher, as well as Associate Partner Drew Morrell.  Marty and Mike helped found AKF Partners nine years ago with the goal of leveraging their successes (and failures!) as technology executives to help other companies prepare for and achieve hyper-growth.  To date, AKF has helped over 350 companies across 18 countries make progress towards their scalability goals (including many leaders in the internet industry).  Marty and Mike have co-authored three books: “The Art of Scalability”, “Scalability Rules”, and “The Power of Customer Misbehavior.”

When and where is the workshop?

The workshop is covered over two days: Wednesday, April 20th – Thursday, April 21st

The workshop will take place at:
The Bently Reserve
301 Battery St
San Francisco

What happens after the workshop?

This year AKF is adding an Attendee Cohort component to the workshop.  All participants will be invited to join a forum designed exclusively for the attendees of each conference.  This gives you a chance to continue conversations with both other participants and the AKF team after the event concludes.  We’ll include discussions around relevant topics and you’ll have a simple, private way to communicate directly with your fellow workshop attendees.

Can you explain the partnership with Marty Cagan’s workshop?

AKF Partners has been a long-time fan of Marty Cagan, his work, and his workshop series.  Marty’s workshops are designed for a product-focused audience: product owners, managers, designers, and architects.  The AKF workshop is designed for technology executives responsible for helping develop, deploy, and support their product solutions.  These two groups are tightly coupled, and we believe the workshops complement each other very well.  In the spirit of the inherent partnership between product and technology, AKF has partnered with Marty Cagan to deliver our SF workshops in conjunction with each other.  Companies that send attendees to both workshops receive a discount, which can be applied to the AKF workshop purchase price.  If someone from your company is attending the Marty Cagan SF workshop “How to Create Products Customers Love“, contact us here to receive your discount code.

Register Here: SFScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

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Scalability Workshop - LA

By Drew  |  Posted on February, 9 2016

AKF Scalability Workshop – LA
June 15 - 16, 2016 in Los Angeles

Register Here: LAScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop Overview

Our workshop is designed for technology executives who are responsible for delivering highly available and highly scalable technical platforms & products.  The principles we share can be applied to large organizations and start-ups alike.  Our principles are technology-agnostic – we believe you can successfully scale with almost any technology if key concepts are followed.  During our two-day workshop, you’ll participate in sessions that integrate our experience, research, and the work we’ve done with over 350 clients since 2007. 

How is the workshop structured?

The workshop is delivered in 14 collaborative sessions over the 2-day event.  While a member of the AKF team will lead the discussion in each session, much of the interaction comes from the participants themselves.  We keep the session size limited (maximum of 25 attendees) so that each attendee can be an active part of the conversation, share experiences, and ask questions from other executives who have been in your shoes.  You’ll leave the workshop with principles, tools, and examples that you can continuously apply to your platform and organization.

Who should attend the workshop?

Our event is designed for current CTOs, VPs of Engineering, Chief Architects, and other technology executives who want to improve their management, leadership, and technology skills.  We help companies scale their technology and product platforms.  Although nearly any technical organization would benefit from the lessons shared in the workshop, our sessions will provide the most value to companies that use technology to deliver their core product or service (e.g. SaaS, eCommerce). 

What topics are covered in the workshop?

The CTO Role: A discussion on the diversity of expectations and responsibilities from the 400 companies we have worked with at AKF Partners.
The Right People & Roles: Ensuring the right talent is placed in positions for success.
Management & Leadership: The skills of a transformational leader and highly effective manager.
Conflict & Innovation: A discussion of good and bad conflicts in organizations and how to increase innovation.
Multidisciplinary Agile Teams: Building innovative teams with diverse experience and skills.
Team Goals & KPIs: Setting goals, metrics, and KPIs for Agile teams to ensure success.
The Experiential Chasm: The widening gap between business leaders and technology leaders and how to close it.
Service Delivery Mindset: The most successful technology organizations are structured with a service oriented mindset and we will discuss how to transform your organization and mindset.
AKF Risk Model: Our viewpoint of risk and how to manage it successfully in your architecture, people, and processes.
Highly Scalable Architectures: An in-depth look at creating highly scalable and available architectures
AKF Scale Cube: Our approach to designing highly scalable architectures.
Creating Fault Isolation: The importance of isolation for availability and time to market.
Architecture Principles: An in-depth look at the top architecture principles and how to apply them.
Processes for a Learning Organization: The most effective processes to put in place to create a successful learning organization.

Who will be teaching this workshop?

The workshop will be delivered by two of AKF’s Managing Partners, Marty Abbott and Mike Fisher, as well as Associate Partner Drew Morrell.  Marty and Mike helped found AKF Partners nine years ago with the goal of leveraging their successes (and failures!) as technology executives to help other companies prepare for and achieve hyper-growth.  To date, AKF has helped over 350 companies across 18 countries make progress towards their scalability goals (including many leaders in the internet industry).  Marty and Mike have co-authored three books: “The Art of Scalability”, “Scalability Rules”, and “The Power of Customer Misbehavior.”

When and where is the workshop?

The workshop is covered over two days: Wednesday, June 15th – Thursday, June 16th.  The venue is yet to be determined, but it will be in the Los Angeles area.  We will update the information as soon as we have it. 

What happens after the workshop?

This year AKF is adding an Attendee Cohort component to the workshop.  All participants will be invited to join a forum designed exclusively for the attendees of each conference.  This gives you a chance to continue conversations with both other participants and the AKF team after the event concludes.  We’ll include discussions around relevant topics and you’ll have a simple, private way to communicate directly with your fellow workshop attendees.

Register Here: LAScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

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Scalability Workshop - Boston

By Drew  |  Posted on February, 9 2016

AKF Scalability Workshop – BOS
September 14 - 15, 2016 in Boston

Register Here: BOSScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop Overview

Our workshop is designed for technology executives who are responsible for delivering highly available and highly scalable technical platforms & products.  The principles we share can be applied to large organizations and start-ups alike.  Our principles are technology-agnostic – we believe you can successfully scale with almost any technology if key concepts are followed.  During our two-day workshop, you’ll participate in sessions that integrate our experience, research, and the work we’ve done with over 350 clients since 2007. 

How is the workshop structured?

The workshop is delivered in 14 collaborative sessions over the 2-day event.  While a member of the AKF team will lead the discussion in each session, much of the interaction comes from the participants themselves.  We keep the session size limited (maximum of 25 attendees) so that each attendee can be an active part of the conversation, share experiences, and ask questions from other executives who have been in your shoes.  You’ll leave the workshop with principles, tools, and examples that you can continuously apply to your platform and organization.

Who should attend the workshop?

Our event is designed for current CTOs, VPs of Engineering, Chief Architects, and other technology executives who want to improve their management, leadership, and technology skills.  We help companies scale their technology and product platforms.  Although nearly any technical organization would benefit from the lessons shared in the workshop, our sessions will provide the most value to companies that use technology to deliver their core product or service (e.g. SaaS, eCommerce). 

What topics are covered in the workshop?

The CTO Role: A discussion on the diversity of expectations and responsibilities from the 400 companies we have worked with at AKF Partners.
The Right People & Roles: Ensuring the right talent is placed in positions for success.
Management & Leadership: The skills of a transformational leader and highly effective manager.
Conflict & Innovation: A discussion of good and bad conflicts in organizations and how to increase innovation.
Multidisciplinary Agile Teams: Building innovative teams with diverse experience and skills.
Team Goals & KPIs: Setting goals, metrics, and KPIs for Agile teams to ensure success.
The Experiential Chasm: The widening gap between business leaders and technology leaders and how to close it.
Service Delivery Mindset: The most successful technology organizations are structured with a service oriented mindset and we will discuss how to transform your organization and mindset.
AKF Risk Model: Our viewpoint of risk and how to manage it successfully in your architecture, people, and processes.
Highly Scalable Architectures: An in-depth look at creating highly scalable and available architectures
AKF Scale Cube: Our approach to designing highly scalable architectures.
Creating Fault Isolation: The importance of isolation for availability and time to market.
Architecture Principles: An in-depth look at the top architecture principles and how to apply them.
Processes for a Learning Organization: The most effective processes to put in place to create a successful learning organization.

Who will be teaching this workshop?

The workshop will be delivered by two of AKF’s Managing Partners, Marty Abbott and Mike Fisher, as well as Associate Partner Drew Morrell.  Marty and Mike helped found AKF Partners nine years ago with the goal of leveraging their successes (and failures!) as technology executives to help other companies prepare for and achieve hyper-growth.  To date, AKF has helped over 350 companies across 18 countries make progress towards their scalability goals (including many leaders in the internet industry).  Marty and Mike have co-authored three books: “The Art of Scalability”, “Scalability Rules”, and “The Power of Customer Misbehavior.”

When and where is the workshop?

The workshop is covered over two days: Wednesday, September 14th – Thursday, September 15th.  The venue is yet to be determined, but it will be in downtown Boston.  We will update the information as soon as we have it. 

What happens after the workshop?

This year AKF is adding an Attendee Cohort component to the workshop.  All participants will be invited to join a forum designed exclusively for the attendees of each conference.  This gives you a chance to continue conversations with both other participants and the AKF team after the event concludes.  We’ll include discussions around relevant topics and you’ll have a simple, private way to communicate directly with your fellow workshop attendees.

Register Here: BOSScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

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Scalability Workshop - New York

By Drew  |  Posted on February, 9 2016

AKF Scalability Workshop – NY
October 26 - 27, 2016 in New York

Register Here: NYScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop Overview

Our workshop is designed for technology executives who are responsible for delivering highly available and highly scalable technical platforms & products.  The principles we share can be applied to large organizations and start-ups alike.  Our principles are technology-agnostic – we believe you can successfully scale with almost any technology if key concepts are followed.  During our two-day workshop, you’ll participate in sessions that integrate our experience, research, and the work we’ve done with over 350 clients since 2007. 

How is the workshop structured?

The workshop is delivered in 14 collaborative sessions over the 2-day event.  While a member of the AKF team will lead the discussion in each session, much of the interaction comes from the participants themselves.  We keep the session size limited (maximum of 25 attendees) so that each attendee can be an active part of the conversation, share experiences, and ask questions from other executives who have been in your shoes.  You’ll leave the workshop with principles, tools, and examples that you can continuously apply to your platform and organization.

Who should attend the workshop?

Our event is designed for current CTOs, VPs of Engineering, Chief Architects, and other technology executives who want to improve their management, leadership, and technology skills.  We help companies scale their technology and product platforms.  Although nearly any technical organization would benefit from the lessons shared in the workshop, our sessions will provide the most value to companies that use technology to deliver their core product or service (e.g. SaaS, eCommerce). 

What topics are covered in the workshop?

The CTO Role: A discussion on the diversity of expectations and responsibilities from the 400 companies we have worked with at AKF Partners.
The Right People & Roles: Ensuring the right talent is placed in positions for success.
Management & Leadership: The skills of a transformational leader and highly effective manager.
Conflict & Innovation: A discussion of good and bad conflicts in organizations and how to increase innovation.
Multidisciplinary Agile Teams: Building innovative teams with diverse experience and skills.
Team Goals & KPIs: Setting goals, metrics, and KPIs for Agile teams to ensure success.
The Experiential Chasm: The widening gap between business leaders and technology leaders and how to close it.
Service Delivery Mindset: The most successful technology organizations are structured with a service oriented mindset and we will discuss how to transform your organization and mindset.
AKF Risk Model: Our viewpoint of risk and how to manage it successfully in your architecture, people, and processes.
Highly Scalable Architectures: An in-depth look at creating highly scalable and available architectures
AKF Scale Cube: Our approach to designing highly scalable architectures.
Creating Fault Isolation: The importance of isolation for availability and time to market.
Architecture Principles: An in-depth look at the top architecture principles and how to apply them.
Processes for a Learning Organization: The most effective processes to put in place to create a successful learning organization.

Who will be teaching this workshop?

The workshop will be delivered by two of AKF’s Managing Partners, Marty Abbott and Mike Fisher, as well as Associate Partner Drew Morrell.  Marty and Mike helped found AKF Partners nine years ago with the goal of leveraging their successes (and failures!) as technology executives to help other companies prepare for and achieve hyper-growth.  To date, AKF has helped over 350 companies across 18 countries make progress towards their scalability goals (including many leaders in the internet industry).  Marty and Mike have co-authored three books: “The Art of Scalability”, “Scalability Rules”, and “The Power of Customer Misbehavior.”

When and where is the workshop?

The workshop is covered over two days: Wednesday, October 26th – Thursday, October 27th.  The venue is yet to be determined, but it will be in Manhattan or Brooklyn.  We will update the information as soon as we have it. 

What happens after the workshop?

This year AKF is adding an Attendee Cohort component to the workshop.  All participants will be invited to join a forum designed exclusively for the attendees of each conference.  This gives you a chance to continue conversations with both other participants and the AKF team after the event concludes.  We’ll include discussions around relevant topics and you’ll have a simple, private way to communicate directly with your fellow workshop attendees.

Register Here: NYScalabilityWorkshop.eventbrite.com

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2016 Scalabilty Workshop Series

By Drew  |  Posted on February, 8 2016

AKF Partners is expanding its popular Scalability Workshop series in 2016 to include four workshop events throughout the year.  Each workshop is a unique two-day event designed for current CTOs, VPs of Engineering, Chief Architects, and other technology executives who want to improve their management, leadership, and technology skills.  Marty Abbott, Mike Fisher, and Drew Morrell from AKF Partners will share their combined decades of experience as CTOs and technology executives at both large organizations and start-ups.

AKF Scalability Workshop – SF**
April 20-21 in San Francisco

Register Here: http://sfscalabilityworkshop.eventbrite.com

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AKF Scalability Workshop – LA
June 15-16 in Los Angeles

Register Here: http://lascalabilityworkshop.eventbrite.com

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AKF Scalability Workshop – Boston
Sept 14-15 in Boston

Register Here: http://bosscalabilityworkshop.eventbrite.com

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AKF Scalability Workshop – NY
Oct 26-27 in New York

Register Here: http://nyscalabilityworkshop.eventbrite.com

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**We are excited to announce that our first workshop of 2016 will be held in conjunction with Marty Cagan’s workshop (of the Silicon Valley Product Group) —“How to Create Products Customers Love” in San Francisco.  Companies that send attendees to both workshops receive a discount, which can be applied to the AKF workshop purchase price. 


Attendee Cohorts:

Nearly every participant in one of last year’s workshops expressed that they’d love a way to continue the collaboration with other participants and the AKF team after the 2-day event concluded.  This year we are adding an Attendee Cohort component to all of our workshops to do just that.  Participants from each workshop will be invited to join a forum dedicated exclusively to them and their fellow classmates.  This will provide a mechanism to continue relationship development, discuss past technology experiences (good and bad), and ask questions of others who are facing similar challenges.  Additionally, it’s a great way to interact with AKF Partners on an on-going basis.  We’ll continuously seed the forum with relevant topics and tools.  We hope this helps you maintain the momentum from the workshop long after the event itself ends.


Quotes from Past Participants:

“Imagine taking decades of experience and packing it into two days. Highly recommended for any technical executive, no matter what stage the company is in.”

“I have a much more holistic picture on what it takes to scale an organization and it’s technology, and have more tools to help me do so.”

“It’s a must for anyone trying to scale their platform. The level of people, both presenters and participants, was first rate.”

“Great session, we enjoyed the discussions with the other companies, and some of the ideas are already having an impact on our processes and planning.”

“This is a great training and experience. We’ve been learning, networking and having a lot of fun.”

“Best overall CTO conference I’ve been to! I enjoyed the open dialog and conversations throughout the event.”

“AKF’s positive obsession with the need for technology organizations to add value by effectively scaling human talent and technical components should be required training for technology leaders.”

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