Asbury Agile is a laid back, informal conference and the day's schedule follows the same vibe. There will be a pre-event party the night before the main conference (more details to be announced soon), breakfast the day of the conference, coffee/tea availabile throughout the day, 25-minute featured speaker presentations, break sessions, snack breaks, lunch (included with registration), and an after event party by the pool. Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you receive updates!

Paramount Theater, Asbury Park, NJ

Schedule for the Event


This year marks the second year we are offering workshop on the Thursday prior to the conference day. Learn more about this year's terrific workshops and registration.


The official schedule of the day is below.

For those who are new to Asbury Agile we always start with breakfast before the 9am start, then engage with the amazing featured speakers along with meeting new friends and catching up with old. There's a few breaks throughout the day with lunch included. We try to end the day around 4pm with an event afterwards to kick back relax with other attendees, speakers, and sponsors. If you have any questions about the event let us know — team[at]

8:15-9:00am - Doors Open and Breakfast

Breakfast (bagels, fruit, coffee, tea, etc.) will be available. Meet new friends and hang out will old ones before the conference kicks off!

9:00-9:10 - Intro and welcome!

Kevin and Bret kick-off the event.

9:10-9:40 - Collaboration in Theory and Practice

Skyler Balbus; Partner, Director of Product Design, Postlight

Strong cross-functional collaboration — when designers, developers, PMs, and other disciplines align to work together — is often the key to amazing product work. But sometimes in bringing these varied perspectives onto a team, tension and conflict can threaten to put that work at risk. In this session, we’ll talk about what cross-functional collaboration really means, examine the pitfalls many teams face, and explore tried-and-tested solutions for establishing healthy and successful collaboration.

9:45-10:15 - A Skeptic's Intro to the JAMStack

Shawn Wang; DX Engineer, Netlify

A delightful exploration of how JavaScript web apps, serverless APIs, the static-site renaissance, and Git-centric workflows are enabling a whole new architecture, from a fellow skeptic wary of marketing acronyms.

10:15-10:40 - Morning Networking & Coffee Break

10:40-11:10 - Observability from the Panopticon: Measuring What Matters

Aditya Mukerjee; Systems Engineer, Stripe

If microservice falls down in the middle of a server farm, does my pager make a sound? Hopefully, the answer is “yes!”. But all too often, services can become partially degraded in ways that are difficult to predict - and therefore difficult to monitor proactively. How can we develop the confidence that the services we develop are instrumented for observability in the right places - the parts which actually matter - so that we're alerted quickly to problems that arise and have enough information to resolve those problems?

We'll look at a framework for modeling interdependent systems so we can understand how to identify the areas of our code that need to be instrumented. By isolating these key components, we'll ensure that we are writing software designed for resiliency.

11:15-11:45 - Putting the "Design" in "Design Systems"

Dan Mall; Founder and Director, SuperFriendly

Let’s face it: design systems are tools to largely help developers to create well-designed products. And that’s great! Consistency, headstarts, and shared standards are good for everyone. But where does that leave designers? How do we exercise the advantages of gorgeous art direction and intuitive interaction design? Why does it feel like the job we’ve been successfully doing for years is quickly fading away? Dan Mall has been coaching and working with in-house teams on their design systems for a few years. In this talk, he’ll share what he’s learned about each team member’s role, where to be efficient vs. where to be experimental, and how we can all better collaborate to benefit from everyone’s knowledge and skills.

11:45-12:10 - How the Blockchain is Helping Entrepreneurs Democratize Large Asset Investments

David Sorin; Partner, McCarter & English

We've all heard about the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Maybe we've even made some investments in one of the popular cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin and ethereum? However, the blockchain is bigger than riding the ups and downs of cryptocurrency investments. In this talk we’ll discuss the process some startups are using to create specialty funds on the blockchain, what this means for millennial investors, and how is the blockchain is democratizing our ability to invest in traditionally large asset classes.

12:10-1:30 - Lunch

Join us for lunch. Various options will be provided, including vegetarian and vegan. If you have any special requests, please let us know!

1:30-2:00 - HugOps For Humans: From Self-Care to Selfless-Care

Nitya Narasimhan; Senior Program Manager, Developer Relations - Microsoft

Americans are experiencing the highest levels of stress in a decade. And if you are someone from a marginalized community, or working in the tech industry, you likely experience other stressors from concerns around your personal safety, professional growth, and self-esteem. All of which have huge impact on our physical and mental well-being. So how do we instrument ourselves to learn from past crashes so we can detect and manage or mitigate the effects on our health and happiness? In this talk, I hope to share my own journey in self-care and self-acceptance. And use the #HugOps analogy to explore how we as a community can move from self-care, to self-less care, where we share stories and create support networks that help us all survive, and thrive, in challenging times.

2:05-2:35 - Resilience Engineering Mythbusting

Will Gallego; Senior Software Engineer, Fastly

How confident are you in your prod servers staying up without your help? Too often in tech we mistakenly interchange three important concepts when describing our socio-technical systems: how resilient they are, the reliability they exhibit in day to day work, and how robust they are under duress. Though interrelated, they are not equivalent.

How can we successfully gain insights in post incident reviews, execute chaos engineering experiments, and build scalable infrastructure if we're misinterpreting our approaches? By separating out these core concepts, we can isolate better approaches in adapting to unforeseen circumstances. We'll look at common misconceptions when describing our systems as resilient and focus on proven methods to help us improve our understanding of our systems.

2:35-2:50 - Afternoon Networking, Snacks & Coffee Break

2:50-3:20 - Managing Through Chaos

Spike Brehm; Partner, Engineering Lead, Emerging Technology R&D, Airbnb

At work, we’re often encouraged to tackle Big Hairy Audacious Goals for the good of the business — to take big risks and shoot for the moon. We’re told that growth happens when you push yourself to the edge of your abilities. And more often than not, we’re operating in an environment of high uncertainty, whether it’s a startup, a team with unclear goals or a project with a volatile roadmap. Unfortunately, this combination of huge challenge and high uncertainty is a recipe for burnout and team dysfunction, especially if leaders are not prepared to manage through such situations. The good news is that there has recently been a surge of research into organizational psychology in order to provide tools and frameworks for teams navigating these waters. By focusing on establishing trust, vulnerability, and productive conflict — the foundation of psychological safety — teams can perform at their best, even in the face of chaos.

3:20-3:30 - Closing Remarks

Closing! Thank you, and joins us... the after party will follow immediately at the pool/lounge area.