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Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps East Agile Distributed Teams: Oxymoron or Viable Option?
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Many surveys indicate that more teams work in distributed environments. But agile approaches work best when people collocate, huddle around a problem, and closely collaborate on the best solutions that will deliver value. Is collocation the only option these days? Does distributed always imply “dysfunctional”? Does technology help or hinder? Maybe the problem is how we think about the working environment. Mark Kilby will share key principles of successful distributed agile teams that help define better working environments. Understand how the principles apply to different types of distributed teams, and discover how agile practices change in distributed teams and how they may vary from team to team. You'll take back ways to assess your current distributed team environment and generate ideas for improvement.

Mark Kilby
Agile DevOps East Commonalities of Agile and DevOps Transformations for Large Organizations
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As the adoption of agile and DevOps have been steadily growing over the years, many organizations have been taking a proactive approach to prepare for the changes needed for success. This means giving people the skills and resources they need to be successful, working with customers and users for improved collaboration and transparency, and providing teams with the tools and infrastructure to enable continuous flow of value. Are there commonalities across organizations that others can learn from to support their journeys? Join Robin Yeman and Suzette Johnson as they provide an interactive discussion around proven practices for large-scale transformation, the challenges they have experienced, and the amazing similarities of two agile DevOps journeys.

Suzette Johnson
Agile DevOps East Continuous Load Testing for DevOps
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Ensuring that each new release delivers a positive user experience is now more critical than ever. But with cloud-native apps, microservices, and other compartmentalized elements, an application involves many highly distributed components, and a performance issue in any of them could have a ripple effect across the entire application. Now that new functionality is being released weekly, daily, or even hourly, each team needs instant insight into whether their incremental changes could negatively affect performance. However, legacy performance testing approaches are too late, too heavy, and too slow, and the later you start load testing, the more difficult, time-consuming, and costly it is to debug and resolve performance problems. Developers and testers need a way to expose critical performance issues earlier in the delivery pipeline. Kevin will show you how this is being accomplished in high-performing organizations.

Kevin Dunne
Agile DevOps East Lessons Learned Implementing DevOps: A Discussion
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DevOps is fundamentally about collaboration, communication, and effective teamwork across the entire software supply chain. But in practice, DevOps is much more than that. Tools and technology are used to speed up delivery, but organizational change often must be facilitated for DevOps to take root. Join Lee Eason as he facilitates a peer-to-peer session to help DevOps practitioners share their lessons learned while implementing DevOps. Come to this session with your DevOps challenges and get help from peers who have dealt with similar issues, and bring solutions as well, so you can help others improve. After this dynamic, engaging, and collaborative session, you'll leave with new ideas for how to best implement DevOps, along with the satisfaction of knowing you helped others in the process.

Lee Eason
Agile DevOps East A DevOps Team's Journey Toward Behavior-Driven Development
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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 (BDD) techniques with business metrics analysis to continuously assert the quality of their product. BDD scenarios align teams to a common goal, and users provide feedback to ensure their needs are met. The team transforms usage scenarios into tests that enable developers to deliver the functionality expected, and product analytics are collected to ensure that the functionality is valuable to users. Analytics data is then used to learn how the new feature impacts the user experience. Laurent and Vincent will explain how this approach reduces siloed communication and combines scenarios and data in living documentation.

Laurent Py
Agile DevOps East Experiences Bringing Continuous Delivery to the DoD and DHS
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Not every continuous delivery initiative starts with someone saying, "Drop everything. Let's do DevOps." Sometimes you have to grow your practice incrementally. Sometimes, you don’t set out to grow a practice at all—you are just fixing problems with your process, trying to make things better. Join Gene Gotimer as he walks through two case studies, one from the Department of Defense and one from the Department of Homeland Security, that took different avenues to get to agile and DevOps. Learn about the journey each organization took, the tools used to build quality into the products, releases, and release processes, and the challenges that had to be overcome during the adoption process. Take home valuable tips and techniques for overcoming cultural, regulatory, and environmental challenges when trying to adopt agile and continuous delivery practices.

Gene Gotimer
Agile DevOps East Shift Left: Continuous Performance Testing in the CI/CD Pipeline
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“Fail fast and fail often” is a key tenet of DevOps. It places great emphasis on continuous testing to deliver software with confidence and ensure a positive user experience. As teams embrace the “shift left” methodology, they need to transform the traditional approach that relegates performance testing to later stages of the delivery process. By shifting the performance testing left and conducting it continuously, teams can quickly detect and gain insight into software performance degradations earlier in the lifecycle. Gajan Pathmanathan will discuss the transition a team needs to undergo in order to put performance testing at the top of their priorities. He'll explain three prominent open source performance testing tools, JMeter, Locust, and Taurus, and discuss how they work with Jenkins for rapid and continuous performance feedback.

Gajan Pathmanathan
Agile DevOps East Embrace Our Robot Overlords: Make CI Work for You
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When developing software, teams can often get bogged down with mundane tasks such as code linting, manual testing, or even just deploying code to a particular environment. Everyone dreams of setting up continuous integration to automate this work, but they believe it to be too time-consuming for their current budget. Join Brian Thompson as he discusses how, after many years of manually performing repetitive tasks and occasionally making a mistake in mundane work, he learned to embrace the robot overlords. Learn about a variety of different continuous integration services such as CircleCI, TravisCI, and GitLab CI, and how utilizing continuous integration does not have to be a drain on time. Brian will discuss how CI can be leveraged in a repeatable way so as not to use up project budgets before starting development.

Brian Thompson
Agile DevOps East AI Is Key to Agile Testing Speed
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Speed is king in agile. In a world where most of the agile process is automated, testing is the slowest and most expensive part of getting your app or website deployed to the world. Very few app teams have a decent amount of test automation, and even they still have days of manual testing during each agile cycle before they release new versions of their app. Testing is difficult, especially at the UI level, which is why it is still relegated to humans. But all that is changing with the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Join Jason Arbon as he explains how agile testing is ripe for disruption because AI itself is based on examples of input and output—which sounds a whole lot like the testing activity.

Jason Arbon
Agile DevOps East Continuous Testing Is Not Test Automation
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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, so companies are turning to continuous testing with the hopes that they can automate their way through the testing bottleneck by focusing on automating regression tests. But this strategy is failing. Adam Auerbach will explain why he thinks that is, what true continuous testing looks like, and how continuous testing should be implemented. Adam will demonstrate that 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 to stay relevant and add more value to the business.

Adam Auerbach

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