February 2020 Meeting

The February 2020 meeting of LRUG will be on Monday the 10th of February, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (meeting starts at 6:30pm). The venue this month is provided by Simply Business and is in their offices, on Gresham St near Bank and Moorgate stations. Full venue and registration details are given below.


Food & Drinks

Simply Business are going to make some food and drink available to us during the meeting to help us stave off hunger pangs while we are amazed by all the talks. Thanks again Simply Business!

Lightning Talks

This meeting is our annual lightning talks only event. None of the talks are longer than 10 minutes, and so there's something for everyone.

You don't know what you don't know

Elena Tanasoiu says:

How to start an investigation into transitioning from a monolith to a microservice architecture. A number of issues to consider before you start and how to make a list of blockers on the way.

  1. LRUG February 2020 - Elena Tanasoiu - You don't know what you don't know

Designing Domain-Oriented Observability in your system

Alfredo Motta says:

What does it mean to make a system observable? Too often this is translated into simply installing technical tools to measure low-level concerns like memory, CPU or background queues size. In this talk, I will present the concept of Domain-Oriented Observability, explore how it affects the cost of maintaining your system and finally show some of the tools and solutions that can help you put it into practice.

  1. LRUG February 2020 - Alfredo Motta - Designing Domain-Oriented Observability in your system

Semantic Versioning, Ruby Versoning, and the forward march of progress

Jon Rowe is going to tell us about how ruby versioning interprets semantic versioning, and the problems that brings for maintainers of projects like rspec that support multiple versions of ruby.

  1. LRUG February 2020 - Jon Rowe - Semantic Versioning, Ruby Versoning, and the forward march of progress

Influence your company beyond code

Mugurel Chirica says:

It's important for all the engineers to realise that individually they are able to help shape a company's culture, tech excellence, and tech direction.

There are various ways to achieve this, in this talk I'll present some of the common options while focusing on creating communities of practice - groups of people that meet with a common goal in mind and relevant to the company's interest, both sponsored by leadership or started by engineers.

  1. LRUG February 2020 - Mugurel Chirica - Influence your company beyond code

From confusion to contribution

Nitish Rathi says:

How I refactored my way into an open source codebase, starting from a state of confusion and ending up contributing to mocha, and some things I learned along the way.

  1. LRUG February 2020 - Nitish Rathi - From confusion to contribution

How to manage happy remote development teams

Ali Najaf says:

Things I learned about how to manage and work on distributed software development teams while keeping everyone happy, at least some of the time.

  1. LRUG February 2020 - Ali Najaf - How to manage remote development teams


These lightning talks should be finished by 8pm after which we'll go to a local pub to talk about all the things we've heard. We'll defer to our hosts for a suitable venue, and we'll make sure it does food for any who may still be hungry.

Of course, even though this is the socialising part and seems more informal, please remember that still we consider it to be a part of the meeting and covered by our code of conduct.

Venue & Registration

Prior to attending you should familiarise yourself with our README paying close attention to the code of conduct which applies to all attendees at the talks and afterwards in the pub.


The address of the venue:

Simply Business
4th Floor
99 Gresham St

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You can register to attend via eventbrite.

The venue has a hard limit of 100 people. If you register and realise you can't come, please use eventbrite to give up your place so we can someone else come in your place. We might be able to let in people on the night who haven't registered, but we can't guarantee it.

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 24, 2020