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Agile DevOps East Beyond the Phoenix Project
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Beyond the Phoenix ProjectFive years after the bestselling DevOps book The Phoenix Project took the world by storm, John Willis and Gene Kim set out to research and describe the foundational ideas that DevOps and The Phoenix Project are based on. The outcome is an audio-based book titled Beyond the Phoenix Project that describes how lean, safety culture, human factors, and learning organizations converged to create DevOps and revolutionize the IT industry. In this keynote talk, John Willis discusses how concepts from Deming, Goldratt, Dekker, Cook, Argyris, and Senge influenced DevOps thinking and how the effort to create Beyond the Phoenix Project came to be. He will also discuss recently related DevOps case studies as well as where DevOps and the IT Industry are heading.

John Willis
Agile DevOps East Applying Systems Thinking to DevOps Practices at Scale
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As enterprises begin to adopt DevOps practices, there can be a tendency for these transformations to err in one of two ways. One model is where everything is driven locally by teams trying new concepts and tools in order to accelerate their delivery. Another model is where a very top-down program is initiated, driven by what leaders believe are the right things for teams to do. Jared Speno will show how Nationwide Insurance applied DevOps concepts at scale to accelerate delivery for the business. Learn how the organization created a structure and culture that empowers teams to own their journey while identifying areas where they can improve. You'll learn how to apply systems thinking to take local improvements and use them to optimize enterprise delivery capability, why it is necessary to treat the delivery pipeline as a product, and how to architect the pipeline for speed of delivery.

Jared Speno
STARCANADA Use BDD and Product Analytics to Change Your Vision of Quality
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DevOps teams struggle to ensure quality in multiple daily deployments. Traditional testing approaches have often failed in this context, but there are exciting new ways to test. Laurent Py and Vincent Prêtre will explain how, at Hiptest, DevOps teams combine behavior-driven development...

Laurent Py
STARCANADA Docker and the Path to a Better Staging Environment
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Staging environments are notoriously difficult to set up and maintain. Unless you have a top-notch DevOps team, staging environments are usually different from production environments, and consequently, they are fraught with problems—failing deployments, "out of disk space" errors...

Gil Tayar
STARCANADA The Test Expert's Role in DevOps
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DevOps is a culture shift that emphasizes collaboration between software developers and other IT professionals while automating software delivery and infrastructure changes. It aims to establish an environment where building, testing, and releasing software can happen more rapidly...

Mike Sowers
Agile DevOps East Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
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Lightning Talks consist of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. Some of the best-known experts will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.

Bob Galen
Mike Faulise Giving Control Back to Software Developers: An Interview with Mike Faulise
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In this interview, Michael Faulise, the founder and managing partner at tap|QA, explains how the move toward DevOps and away from release management is giving control back to developers, then details why major companies often need partners to leverage CI, CD, and other modern techniques.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
STARWEST 2018 Building a Modern DevOps Enterprise Testing Organization
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The DevOps movement is front and center across enterprises. Companies with mature systems are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams and departments. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, development organizations have been filled with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. Adam Auerbach says this has to change. To keep pace with development in the new “you build it, you own it” environment, testing teams and individuals must develop new technical skills and even embrace coding in order to stay relevant and add more value to the business. Based on his experiences at Lincoln Financial and Capital One, Adam explores what the DevOps movement is all about, its core values, and proven patterns for how testing must evolve.

Adam Auerbach
STARWEST 2018 Use Soap Opera Testing to Twist Real-Life Stories into Test Ideas
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Reality is a great source of inspiration. Real-life situations can present complexities that are not always anticipated—and, as a consequence, not always handled well. Business functional tests should try to present situations that are routed in reality but also aren’t too obvious. Testing and automation pioneer Hans Buwalda came up with a concept for test design called "soap opera testing" based on this concept. It is a style of writing tests where one writes as if they were episodes in an imaginary soap opera on television. Soap opera episodes are based on real life, but usually they are more condensed and somewhat exaggerated, which are great properties for efficient and effective test design. Thinking of test development as writing soap operas can encourage creativity and be more fun. It also paves a way for nontechnical domain experts to contribute.

Hans Buwalda
Melissa Benua How Traditional Testers Can Use Old Skills in New Ways: An Interview with Melissa Benua
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In this interview, Melissa Benua, a senior technical lead at mParticle, explains how traditional testers can use their current skill sets to easily transition to new concepts, like DevOps. She also details how continuous testing and continuous integration continue to be major hot topics.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

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