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Agile DevOps West Teaming in Agility: The Art of Excellence
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Forming around an initiative to deliver productive outcomes can challenge the strongest of teams. It is even more difficult for individuals coming together during the transition. Often the responsiveness of the needs can be lost in process and system assumptions. Individuals under such a charge are left with a sense of being pawns in a chess match, making them feel less human. Teaming falters. Both the leader and the team member have responsibilities: The leader must unravel the complexity of the process, employ a human-first mindset, and foster safety and collaboration; the team member must be the innovative disruptor, embrace team membership, and fail forward. Both need to come together to serve the charge. Join Nabila Safdar as she shares stories of teams that came together to deliver a seemingly impossible charge.

Nabila Safdar
Agile DevOps West Sparking End-to-End Agility
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Nationwide Insurance had a "Scrummerfall" approach, with long, linear, upfront planning cycles that eventually fed work to agile delivery teams, only to then have the completed work languish in further waterfall steps toward deployment. While IT had been agile for close to a decade, with around two hundred standing agile teams, business partners still struggled with inordinately long lead times for setting up projects, long waterfall requirements development cycles, and especially long funding cycles. In late 2016, the Enterprise Digital group began a business transformation to improve speed to market and increase flexibility in the highly competitive digital customer-facing channel environment. Working closely with LitheSpeed’s master consultants, the Nationwide executive team partnered across business and IT to successfully pilot an end-to-end model that is sparking business agility across the entire company.

Sanjiv Augustine
Agile DevOps West An Agile Fireside Chat with Bob Galen
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Come get your questions answered by an agile expert! We won't have an actual fireside, but Bob Galen will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the topics that are most important to you. Bob is an experienced agile coach with a broad range of knowledge on almost any agile topic—practices, leadership, or methodologies. And he wants to discuss whatever interests you. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Bob Galen
Agile DevOps West Creating High-Performing Teams at Spotify
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In a scaled agile world of practitioners with diverse software development experience, how should leaders and coaches support teams' continuous improvement and ensure they are using best practices in engineering, ways of working, and culture? This is the question Spotify agile coaches Catherine Fleres and Erin McManus asked themselves over the last year. They’ll recount an approach in engaging teams from the start, instead of imposing specifics from leadership. Input was gathered from teams and leaders about what principles and engineering practices they value in order to create an assessment for teams and visualizations to measure continuous improvement. You’ll leave this session with a couple of key takeaways: It’s important to get buy-in from tech leadership up front, and alignment on tech principles, areas of improvement, and best practices is best conducted from the team level upwards, not the other way around.

Catherine Fleres
Agile DevOps West Pushing Pennies: Playing with the Principles of Product Development Flow
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Most agile practitioners first learn by reading a book, taking a class, or attending local meetings. But learning concepts works best when we can put some concrete examples and practice behind the theory. Being able to talk beyond anecdote and theory and demonstrate why something works the way we think it does is a powerful lesson. Join Bill DeVoe as he leads the audience in a few exercises to illustrate key agile and lean concepts. First, learn about the fallacies of multitasking and how to properly structure our work. Then complete an exercise demonstrating how typical projects work and what is needed to streamline delivery and maximize value. And finally, iterate and experiment to find new and interesting ways to communicate and work.

Bill DeVoe
Agile DevOps West Escaping the 9 Circles of Agile Hell
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Does it feel like you're toiling away in agile hell? Fear not—you don't have to be confined there for all eternity. Dave Bujard and Chris Stemen will describe the nine circles of agile hell, each an example of a problem that exists in many programs. They'll discuss the underlying issues that often are the cause and how to deal with them. Bring your smartphones—during the first five minutes, Dave and Chris will ask the audience to prioritize their pain points via an interactive app. During the presentation, they will focus on the six agile hells closest to participants' experiences. Threaded throughout the presentation, you will be engaged to poll your experiences as Dave and Chris convey specific, real examples of “escaping” from each agile hell. Learn to expand your toolbox of techniques to help your organization ascend from the agile underworld in simple, achievable ways.

David Bujard
Agile DevOps West The 7 Deadly Sins of DevOps
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Do you know teams that are merely doing "cargo cult DevOps"? Near the end of WWII, the Allies had airstrips on many islands in the south Pacific. The natives on these islands noticed that when the Allies put the "coconuts" on their ears and spoke into the "banana," the gods would send down a magical flying creature with food and supplies. When the war ended and the Allies left, the natives put the coconuts on their ears and spoke into the banana, and they wondered why the gods failed to bless them, too. They didn't understand headphones or radio transmissions or that someone must be listening on the other end for that radio to do any good. A lot of development teams are similarly going through the DevOps motions without understanding how the things they are doing are supposed to benefit their teams and their organization. "Cargo cult DevOps"—adopting DevOps practices without understanding how they work—is Deadly Sin #1.

Larry Maccherone
Agile DevOps West DevOpsing Your Greenfield: Cultivating New Growth
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Your project sponsor presents a golden opportunity with a brand-new project, saying, "I want to do some DevOps on our new agile project!" Sigh. Your response: "How about we be agile and adopt a DevOps approach to structuring our teams, designing our architecture, and leveraging automation to rapidly deliver value to our customers?" There—we've set the mood. Greenfield projects provide a unique opportunity for us as DevOps professionals because they don't come with baggage. But where you do you actually start? Unlike legacy projects, new projects don't have a set of pre-existing challenges that can be prioritized and attacked. We have to "just do everything." Rich Mills will provide his strategy for putting a solid DevOps solution in place.

Richard Mills
STAREAST Agile Testing in a Waterfall World
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What can a tester do when they join an organization that isn’t really agile—or maybe is (gasp) still waterfall? In these situations, it is important to focus on the values and principles that make up agile. Even in a development environment that does not strictly follow an agile-related methodology like Scrum or kanban, the tester can still bring agile principles to their testing. Kat Rocha will share real-world experiences relating to how test engineering can act agile within a waterfall development team, as well as what is important for testing in a team that is undergoing an agile transformation. Finally, Kat will discuss how even these small agile methodology changes can make test engineering more efficient and effective.

Kat Rocha
STAREAST Automated Security Scanning for Your Delivery Pipeline
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Agile development and DevOps depend on an automated pipeline to build, test, and deploy code quickly. Security is all too often viewed as a manual task that is too difficult to automate and is left for later—not a good decision! Matt Grasberger says that by leveraging automated security scans with open source scanners, you can reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities, get the most out of your pipeline, and increase software quality. Matt will thoroughly explain and demonstrate several ways to implement automated security scans. Discover how to quickly test endpoints against SQL injection with sqlmap, an open source penetration test tool, and how to identify common vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, an open source web application scanner with scripting capabilities. See how you can apply these free or low-cost tools to introduce baseline security scanning into your DevOps pipeline.

Matthew Grasberger

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