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Under pressure — Keeping yourself and your team healthy

Track: Community & Business | Skill level: Beginner

Who hasn't experienced the enormous strain work can put on people? Sure, in IT, we're far from having to dig for coal hundreds of meters below ground. But even as knowledge workers in bright and tidy offices (well, my home office is at least bright), we often experience significant pressure to deliver results on a day-to-day basis. What can we do not to succumb to this pressure? How can we stay sane in a world of rapidly changing objectives?

In our workplaces, homes and social gathering points, there are people who depend on us to answer these questions and to take the necessary actions to ensure they will be supported appropriately.

There are many aspects to resilience ranging from time management to company culture. Some things need to be done on an individual level, some need management attention. If this was easy, we wouldn't have to talk about it. And the frequent use of the word "burnout" in IT circles is only one indication that we have to.

In my presentation, I'm going to share my experience as a manager, husband and father with maintaining a steady level of energy for myself and my team. These are only a few of the topics I am going to cover:

  • Reducing time and resource pressure
  • Using the STOP method to restore focus
  • Developing good habits
  • The negative and positive belief cycles
  • Healthy relationships
  • Dealing with change

Even though this is a serious topic, I'm going to keep my talk light-hearted. There are some funny stories I'm allowed to share — because they're mostly about my own failures and what they taught me.

About the author: Jochen Lillich is the founder and CEO of freistil IT, a distributed team of web operations experts running the managed hosting platform freistilbox. After studying computer science in the 90's, Jochen founded a number of IT businesses and gained experience in IT management at leading internet companies in Germany. Today, Jochen lives with his family near Dublin, Ireland. Jochen has been an active and passionate speaker in the IT space since 1999 and has given keynotes and presentations at conferences like DrupalCon, OSDC, DevOps Days and many barcamps and user group meetings all over Europe. As DevOps Track Chair, Jochen also helped organise DrupalCon Prague in 2013.

Keynote Speakers

Matt Glaman

Matt Glaman

(Saturday keynote)

Matt Glaman is a developer at Commerce Guys. He is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013. He is author of the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, maintainer of, and lover of Irish Whiskey.

Twitter: @nmdmatt

Jeffrey A 'JAM' McGuire

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

(Sunday keynote)

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire—Evangelist, Developer Relations at Acquia—is a memorable and charismatic communicator with a strong following at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. He is a frequent keynote speaker at events around the world. He writes and talks about technology, community, and more on weekly podcasts and as a blogger on This all helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Twitter: @horncologne

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

(Sunday closing keynote)

Danese Cooper currently serves as chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She also works in an open source role at PayPal. Previously she was Director of the Open Source Hardware Association and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation. She had brief stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a consulting open source strategist. She has been involved with open source since 1999.

Twitter: @divadanese

CxO Day Speakers

Sarah Wood OBE

Unruly Co-Founder (CEO)

Sarah Wood

David Axmark

Co-founder of MySQL

David Axmark

Ben Finn OBE

Co-Founder of Sibelius and CEO at Stealth Poker

Ben Finn

Barney Brown

Head of Digital at Cambridge University

Barney Brown

Professor Andre Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School City, University London

Andre Spicer

Paul Reeves

Reevo UN Limited

Paul Reeves



CxO Day

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