Keith Elder

Keith Elder

Quicken Loans
Hattiesburg, MS
@keithelder

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, 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 and soft skills. For over 12 years he lead 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 http://keithelder.net/ and follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/keithelder.

Keith's Sessions

  • Building A Highly Scalable Service that Survived A Super Bowl

    We use encryption every day without knowing it. Whether it is our hard drives that are encrypted or we buy something online our data (hopefully!) is encrypted. But how do you build an encryption service? And not only that, how do you build one that will stand up to extreme load for a commercial airing during a Super Bowl? Very tough questions no doubt. All sorts of things must be answered like the technology stack and much more. In this session I'm going to tell you how at Quicken Loans we built one of our most important and robust services to date. I'll tell the story of how we overcame adversity of a hard deadline and how our culture played a critical role in our success. I'll also cover the technologies we used, how we chose them and tell one our greatest technical stories most have never heard of the day we launched Rocket Mortgage to the nation on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Speaker: Keith Elder

  • Productivity: How to Get Things Done in this Digital Age

    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, actually 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 me as I lay out my own personal struggles and how I hacked myself into being more productive.

    Speaker: Keith Elder