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Hila Fox is a staff engineer with ten years of experience in back-end distributed systems. In the past few years, she has been working at growing companies such as Augury, Fiverr, and Forter. Passionate about architecture, business, quality work, and how we work better together as relationships are critical to our success and leadership.

Hila Fox

Staff Engineer @ Forter
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English, Hebrew
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Can also give an online talk/webinar
Paid only. Contact speaker for pricing!

MY TALKS

Product thinking for techies

Product, Software Engineering, Leadership, Professional Development

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Your product manager enters the room and says, "I just told leadership my new idea, and they loved it!". Once you hear it, you get a little scared and say, "Well, this would be a huge architectural change." You both sit in the room depleted, wondering what to do. But Hazza, here comes the product thinking techie: "I have an idea that will take 20% of the work for 80% of the impact". This is the holy grail of creative engineering, and to do that, you need to understand the business and how to communicate with product people. In this talk, I will share basic terminology, best practices for techies, and tips that worked for me while working with product managers so we can all be creative together.

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Leadership skills for non-managers

Leadership, Software Engineering, Soft Skills

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At my last job, I transitioned from senior to an architect, and oh boy, can I tell you, this transitioning to a staff+ role has a learning curve. Suddenly, your technical skills are not enough. You must build and refine your leadership skills. In this talk, I will share my journey of entering the world of staff+. I will share which behaviors and skills are required, how expectations differ, and how to showcase your abilities. Though this road has ups and downs, these insights and tips will save you time, tough conversations, and frustration.

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How to become a go to person

Software Engineering, Leadership, Soft Skills

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We have two types of leaders in the world, the ones you contact because you have to get their approval and the ones you want to contact because your want their opinion. Which one do you want to be?

Working in today’s high-tech scene, we all need different skills and behaviors. Skills are the abilities we have learned, and behaviors are how we act. For example, a person can have leadership skills, and one of the behaviors they present is “lead by example”.
Maintaining the balance between presenting strong technical and people skills is crucial for becoming a go-to person, especially at a new job or when changing roles.

In this talk, I will share the practical behaviors that I have implemented in my everyday work life that have helped me gain the go-to person status and assume the architect role. Cultivating these tips can help you reach the go-to person status and advance your career.

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Prioritizing tech dept in a product-centric world

Leadership, Product, Software Engineering

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Different companies handle tech debt differently. Some allocate % in each quarter, some per sprint. Sometimes, tech leads are responsible for it, and sometimes, team leads. Whoever you are and how this is managed, you probably struggled to prioritize or convey the business impact. Well, this is because you need to have a product-led approach. And as techies, we usually need to be educated on the topic. In this talk, I will share how we can productize our tech backlog grooming and prioritization to enhance collaboration with product managers, generate buy-in from management, and be more impactful technical leaders.

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Practical DDD: Applying DDD to different architectural styles

Backend, Software Engineering

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Who models your system? Would you do it differently? Learning Domain-driven design can be an intimidating task. Lots of definitions; you need to read a book and connect the dots on how all of this relates to your current architecture. This workshop is aimed at mid-senior developers looking at their first bite of DDD. I will simplify critical definitions and best practices from the DDD world with real-life examples. We will implement DDD through different architectural styles and modeling options. I will introduce a fictional company, and we will refine the use case and choose architecture and technology. Using our brand-new DDD skills, we will model our system and generate cohesive language. You will leave the workshop with practical tools to apply the DDD learnings at your work, even tomorrow!

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The IC's Path to Leadership: Skills for Influence and Impact

Leadership, Soft Skills, Software Engineering

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How are we, as ICs, supposed to build leadership skills when most education opportunities are aimed at managers? As IC leaders, we must work with product and engineering managers, mentor others, build relationships, impact the business, understand organizational politics, and more. It is a never-ending list of behaviors and skills we need to acquire. In this workshop, I will present the typical responsibilities in our roles and practical tips to improve within them. Separated into conversation groups, we will brainstorm different work situations for mutual learning and implement key concepts learned immediately. After the workshop, you can recognize opportunities to showcase your leadership skills. You will be equipped to become a true leader in your company while remaining a strong technical IC.

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