Project Management

Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps West Postmodern Testing

If you want to speed up delivery while maintaining quality, this is the talk for you. Jason’s move from Microsoft to Google’s agile and DevOps-driven world was a shock. Today’s agile teams have ten times more builds, ten times faster releases, ten times fewer testers, ten times quicker bug fixing speed, and … similar or worse software quality. Jason shares his lessons learned from being a tester on high-quality teams such as Google Chrome and Search. Jason also has experience managing software quality in the roles of director of engineering, director of product, and now startup CEO. He combined his useful experiences from the past with knowledge of the latest technologies and practices into an agile and DevOps-focused framework called Postmodern Quality. Join the conversation and get an early peek into the next wave of ensuring software quality in an agile world.

Jason Arbon
Agile DevOps West Leadership in the Age of Agile

Do you want to grow your organization’s ability to respond to market opportunities, competitive pressures, or opportunities for innovation? Then join Ryan Ripley as he explores how leadership in an agile world has sparked a change in the way we show up as leaders and managers in our organizations. We’ll discuss how leaders enable agile to thrive and grow, while keeping a laser focus on delivering value to customers and stakeholders. Ryan will address your questions and give you practical tips and ideas that you can start using tomorrow. Join us and learn what professional agile leadership means to you and your organization.

Ryan Ripley
Agile DevOps West Teaming in Agility: The Art of Excellence

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

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

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 DevOps: A Journey of Automation That's Worth the Wait

Continuous delivery is really about one thing: quickly responding to market changes. As with many teams, Shareen Gurley and Narasimha Yalamala's journey began with automation, which seemed never-ending. But to be effective with your DevOps implementation, you need to have solid technical and quality practices to ensure your code is always in a deployable state. If you don’t know exactly where you are going, how will you know when you get there? Join Shareen and Narasimha as they share the prerequisites for creating effective development delivery pipelines, integrated with critical compliance controls. They will provide insights and a model that can help with your DevOps journey. Learn which ideas worked and discuss some common challenges, and see a live demo of how continuous delivery makes releases less painful.

Shareen Gurley
Agile DevOps West Creating High-Performing Teams at Spotify

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

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 The 7 Deadly Sins of DevOps

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

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


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