Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session : Productivity: How to Get Things Done in This Digital Age


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Productivity: How to Get Things Done in This Digital Age

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"Pick the kids up after school, pay the electric bill on Friday, reviews for team members are due tomorrow, oh and I have to remember to call a team member back about the question they asked yesterday." These are just a few of the things that run through our heads constantly. While some of us have work tasks that are tracked in kanban boards or JIRA or TFS or maybe even pencil and paper, there is so much more we have to keep track of. Ugh-- an email just came in, crap, I have to take a survey now. Ok, I’m back...what was I saying...oh yeah, staying productive... getting things done. It is something many information workers struggle with every day. For many, being productive doesn’t come naturally. It didn’t come naturally to me, so I set out on a journey to hack myself and change my habits. In this session, we are going to look at some science, psychology, tools, and methods to help us process, track, and ultimately get more things done at work and in our personal lives. Join Keith as he lays out his personal struggles and how he hacked himself into being more productive.

Keith Elder
Quicken Loans

Keith Elder is the Senior Technology Evangelist at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender based in Detroit, MI. He is an experienced technologist, systems administrator, software engineer, software architect, speaker, trainer and all around geek. He has spoken throughout the United States at major technical conferences on topics ranging from various new technologies, software architectures to soft skills. For over 12 years he has led the Engineering Tools team as the Director of Software Engineering within Quicken Loans. When not sitting in front of a computer he spends the majority of his time as captain of the vessel Sea Sharp navigating the waters in the Gulf of Mexico in search of large pelagic fish. You can read more about Keith’s interests, hobbies, rants, and raves on his blog at and follow him on Twitter.