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Agile + DevOps East 2018 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to follow a specific track or to explore various topics throughout the conference in order to customize their learning experience. Learn both enterprise foundations and new methodologies to grow your skills, supercharge your knowledge, and re-energize your career growth.

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Wednesday, November 7

Becky Hartman
AgileThought
AW1

Coach Around Resistance to Agile by Using Humble Inquiry

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

When coaches encounter resistance to agile transformations, we often treat it as a phenomenon to be overcome, confronted, or combated. But resistance is a natural reaction to change, and that reaction can't be alleviated by violent opposition. Rather than meeting resistance head-on, the clever coach will work around it by helping people recognize and resolve the negative emotions that drive it. Once those negative emotions are resolved, people are more likely to let down their guard and embrace change. In this interactive session, you will learn to use a method known as humble inquiry to...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
AW2

Continuous Testing Is Not Test Automation

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

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...

Bob Payne
LitheSpeed
AW3

No One Cares About Your Practices: A Modern Agile Approach

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Organizations often declare they are "going agile." This goal is misplaced, misguided, and just plain wrong. In fact, the agile community has become a cult of practice: Teams are too focused on the way to do things and making sure they are doing those methods correctly. We even turned agile into a proper noun so that we could more easily sell it. But what about the outcomes? This workshop will use the Modern Agile principles proposed by Joshua Kerievsky to walk some of those ideas back. The four principles—Make People Awesome, Deliver Value Continuously, Experiment & Learn Rapidly, and...

AW4

Agile Program Management: Measurements to See Value and Delivery

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Do you have measurement dysfunction on your program? Are you trying to measure teams and extrapolate each team’s status to the program? That doesn’t work. Teams have personal statuses, and you can’t add them together to understand the program state. But you can use a handful of program measurements that help everyone understand where the program is and where it’s headed. Instead of trying to “scale” measurements, take a new approach. Join Johanna Rothman to learn to use and share quantitative and qualitative program measurements that show everyone the program state. It starts with...

Arjay Hinek
Red Hat
AW5

Tear It Down to Build It Up: Using Agile in Construction Project Management

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Operating on the philosophy that one must thoroughly know the rules before one can break them, a global company developed its own delivery model that is still as true to the agile mindset as is possible. Join Arjay Hinek in this lively session as he deconstructs his company's experiment in melding agile with construction project management to create a hybrid delivery model. At first, the teams were struggling with clear ownership, timely communication, and clear follow-through on work in progress. From modifying the user story mapping model in order to improve project initiation to...

Jared Speno
Nationwide Insurance
DW1

Applying Systems Thinking to DevOps Practices at Scale

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

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...

Stacey Yan
Capital One
Alex Cabanilla
Capital One
DW2

Frequent Releases for Enterprise Mobile: Make It a Reality Without Losing Your Sanity

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

As companies continue to embrace the mobile-first strategy, many are grappling with a formidable challenge: how to release mobile updates more frequently given the painful and archaic app publishing process. Beyond brute-forcing release cadence, there need to be cultural, technical, and infrastructural changes to make frequent releases a reality. Stacey Yan and Alex Cabanilla will explore these dimensions in depth and provide practical insights on how to boost build infrastructure and reduce build time, improve code quality and merge process and guard against bad code, manage mobile...

Seth Vargo
Google
DW3

Modern Security with Microservices and the Cloud

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

It's great that you've moved to microservices, but how are you handling security and distributing secrets? Traditional architectures use perimeter-based security, but you can't exactly wrap the cloud in your own personal firewall. Many organizations are practicing "lift and shift" to leverage the cloud, but then find themselves at the end of failed compliance audits. Seth Vargo will highlight the new security challenges associated with using cloud technologies and microservices, then showcase techniques for solving those challenges. Using HashiCorp Vault, a free and open source secrets...

Sanjiv Augustine
LitheSpeed LLC
AW6

Transformational Leadership for Business Agility

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Despite thinking that organizations are slow to innovate, innovation actually abounds at many companies. Kodak, DEC, and Xerox did not fail due to lack of new, cutting-edge innovation; they failed because their organizations were tuned to their traditional markets, and a failure to change their business models and organizations led to their eventual disruption. The key to achieving business agility lies in leadership that transforms organizations. Transformational leaders succeed by changing the system, leading with purpose, and steering from the edges. They own their responsibility and...

Raj Subramanian
Testim.io
AW7

How AI Is Transforming Software Testing

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Companies like Apple, Tesla, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have been investing in AI to solve different technological problems in the areas of health care, autonomous cars, search engines, predictive modeling, and much more. Applying AI is real, it’s coming fast, and it’s going to affect every business, no matter how big or small. How are testers going to adapt to this change and embrace AI? Join Raj Subramanian to discover how AI is going to influence the way we do test design and automation. He'll cover the basics of AI, the key ways software testing can benefit from AI, and the...

Jim Grunder
Fidelity Investment
AW8

Be the MVP: Building Software in Small Chunks

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Are we building in small chunks? Focusing on first building a minimum viable product, or MVP, is vital in creating a shift to full team and organizational agility. Agile methods work great when building, testing, and learning in small, discernible, discrete pieces is the norm. But when we don't use that approach, we find teams slipping back to old waterfall (or maybe "Scrummerfall") habits. If there is not a shift to building in smaller increments—or even an understanding of how to do that—the agile transformation...

Robb Pieper
Responsive Advisors
AW9

Financing Agile Delivery with Forecasts

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Your team's been trained to deliver new features in a short time frame. You're estimating your work using abstractions like story points, and the predictability and quality of delivery have clearly improved. However, you still get asked every December to estimate year-long initiatives for annual budgeting. How agile can an organization be when the finance department is still thinking about large-batch projects with fixed cost, scope, and time? Robert Pieper will talk about how to mitigate financial risk and improve return on investment by working in smaller batches. Using financial...

Bill DeVoe
Velocity Partners
AW10

Pushing Pennies: Playing with the Principles of Product Development Flow

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Lean and agile concepts can sometimes be counterintuitive, but the right game or exercise can effectively demonstrate those concepts, providing a practical basis for conversation and learning. Being able to talk beyond anecdote and theory and actually demonstrate why something works is a powerful statement. In this workshop, Bill DeVoe will execute some games you can take back to your organizations to help them understand some basic lean and agile concepts regarding optimization of flow and throughput. Through these activities, we’ll demonstrate the value of a prioritized backlog,...

DW4

DevSecOps - Security at the Speed of DevOps

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Security specialists, especially at large organizations, believe that better security comes from robust independent gating. On the other hand, DevOps has proven that you can safely deploy orders of magnitude faster than human gating can achieve. What's needed to add security to DevOps are tools that work well with rapid-cycle CI/CD pipelines and an approach that reinforces the DevOps culture and process changes. This requires that security specialists become self-service toolsmiths and advisors and stop thinking of themselves as gatekeepers. Larry guides you through the characteristics of...

Arjun_Coman
Coveros
DW5

Enabling Continuous Testing with Docker and Kubernetes

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Quality assurance frequently lags behind the development of new features. One common cause is the difficulty of getting software into a deployable state for testing. Join Arjun Comar as he discusses how Docker containers and Kubernetes can be used to solve this challenge. Arjun will talk about his experiences on recent DevOps efforts where Docker and Kubernetes enabled rapid deployments, and you will learn how to set up short-lived test environments that can shift testing left and permit testing to be performed even prior to developers merging code into the mainline, allowing continuous...

Shahzad Zafar
RxSavings
DW6

Creating Chaos: Engineering for the Unexpected

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Every day we deal with complexity in our systems and multiple layers of dependencies. This complexity makes it difficult to predict when one service or dependency might go rogue for a specific circumstance during a delivery workflow. That's where chaos engineering comes in. Chaos engineering creates these "random" scenarios on purpose and builds resiliency into a system while increasing the velocity at which value is delivered to consumers. Shahzad Zafar will discuss his company's journey into chaos engineering, the principles behind it, how to plan for introducing chaos, and why a culture...

Brandon Carlson
Lean TECHniques
AW11

You Can't Improve What You Can't See

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

From value stream mapping to burndown charts, making things visible is a core component of the continuous improvement process. But even with all this visibility, much of the data surrounding how your teams work is either not captured or not understandable. This data represents a great opportunity for insights and improvement. Think about it: Your management team tells you that your velocity is too low. What do you do? First, you need more information. What does “too low” mean? Why was the velocity low? Did the team deliver value? Brandon Carlson will share one team’s surprising insights...

Jason_Arbon
test.ai
AW12

AI Is Key to Agile Testing Speed

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

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...

Ryan Riplley
Independent Consultant
AW13

To Estimate or Not to Estimate: A Panel Discussion

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

When will you deliver that feature? How much will this project cost? Which features can I have in four weeks? These are all reasonable questions that both management and customers need answered, and traditionally, we’ve used estimates to provide such answers. But estimates can turn into commitments, dollars get spent based on misinformation, features end up misaligned with business needs, and all parties involved end up feeling misled and frustrated. The key question is, can we still make decisions without traditional estimates? Join us as our panel of experts discuss this question and...

Giancarlo Di Vece
Unosquare
AW14

How to Innovate Inexpensively

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

When many think of modernizing or altering their firm with the goal of staying competitive in the market, thoughts of expensive, cutting-edge concepts that are difficult to implement usually come to mind. But innovation doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. The fact is that pure modernism is focusing on the benefit of the customer, the team, and the business. It does not always have to be overly technical or costly. As with speed, the most economical method to determine if a company is pursuing innovation is to look internally and discover how the workforce is being utilized. Giancarlo Di...

Martin Olson
Silicon Prairie Solutions and Scaling Matters
AW15

Advance Your Agile Adoption with Lean Portfolio Management

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

As organizations begin to scale their agile adoptions from independent teams to a more organized "team of teams" structure, one of the challenges that is typically harder to address is budgeting and forecasting funding. The traditional approach of project-based annual funding doesn't allow for the effective integration of new information and market changes into the funding strategies. As organizations mature in their adoption of agile, they begin to better understand the need for changing the way they do lean portfolio management (LPM). Attend this session to get a basic overview of what...

Lee Eason
Ipreo
DW7

Enterprise DevOps Is Not an Oxymoron

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Driving enterprise DevOps transformations is a challenging but massively rewarding job. Larger organizations often struggle to justify the costs of new tooling and training. In fact, larger organizations often fail even to understand what DevOps is and what it means for their business. Putting DevOps into practice also tends to hit serious roadblocks in areas of information security. How can you get buy-in for such a difficult and widespread organizational change? And once you've got it, how do you drive change in a way that stakeholders will stay supportive of it? Join Lee Eason as he...

Safi Mohamed
JCPenney
DW8

Optimize Performance Engineering with an Integrated Docker Framework

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

When an e-commerce platform is going through a digital and cloud transformation, the DevOps and performance engineering team has various responsibilities: prepare the workload, execute tests, measure and analyze performance KPIs, baseline, and store performance-related data. Current tools and process often impact the speed and quality of delivery, as most of the steps require manual intervention. Join Safi Mohamed and Aftab Alam as they walk through how they built a Docker-based integrated performance engineering framework using AWS, JMeter, Docker, Jenkins, Python, and Splunk to automate...

Michele Campbell
Lucid Software Inc
DW9

Climbing the Mountain of Continuous Deployment

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Trying to reach continuous deployment (CD) can feel like scaling a gigantic mountain full of sheer faces, icy passes, and incredible dropoffs. When a company doesn’t take the proper precautions on its journey to CD, it can result in an overworked engineering organization and high-risk issues reaching the end-users. Join Michele Campbell as she discusses key insights about the journey to CD her company is on right now. In just three short months, the organization has managed to double its number of production releases, without overwhelming teams or causing the quality of the program to...

Thursday, November 8

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
AT1

Self-Selection Gamified: Leave Your Fears Behind

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Self-selection is a facilitated process that allows people to exercise autonomy by choosing their preferred initiatives and joining new teams. As exciting as it may sound to some, the idea of self-selection may cause others to experience all sorts of fear: fear of missing out, fear of not being selected, or fear of picking a wrong team. Let Dana Pylayeva alleviate those fears by taking you through effective preparation steps and a round of self-selection simulation. Hands-on activities such as drawing, making participants cards in a Team Ingredients Assessment, and playing the...

Robert_Woods
MindOverProcess
AT2

Holistic Agile: Treat the Whole Company, Not Just IT

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

As agile methods find more global applicability, we are finding groups outside of IT that have nothing to do with technology or software development demonstrating success with agile methods. But the approach to the solutions they deliver are often catered to their own unique circumstances. The original Agile Manifesto, principles, and supporting frameworks were formed with software development in mind, but from a holistic perspective, a different approach is needed for enterprise solutions outside of IT. Robert Woods will show you how to translate the success seen in agile software...

AT3

Scaling Agile in a Large Matrixed Organization

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Two engineering teams with vastly different work styles—one waterfall and one Scrum—merged into one matrixed organization to work on a critical strategic effort. During this transition the teams experienced many problems, including growing from a small team into a large one overnight, with half of the organization now knowing nothing about agile. They had issues with how to handle communication, the right level of process consistency across the twenty-plus distributed agile teams, working through technical dependencies, a lack of subject matter expertise, and no single point of control of...

Julee Everett
CCG Analytics
AT4

The Introvert's Survival Guide to Agile

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Open work areas, a focus on collaboration and conversations, and group events that seem to require verbal fluency ... It may feel like the agile ecosystem is designed with extroverts in mind. But science tells us that introverts make up almost half of the workforce, and they may struggle to be productive in an agile environments. In fact, introverts might even shy away from agile opportunities because of the radical collaboration it requires. In this interactive session, Julee Everett will teach you to recognize the traits of an extrovert and an introvert through self-identification....

Mark Kilby
Sonatype
AT5

Agile Distributed Teams: Oxymoron or Viable Option?

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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...

Anne Hungate
Daring Systems
DT1

A Successful DevOps Initiative Starts with Knowing Your Numbers!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

IT organizations that don’t know their risk factors and exposure are likely to make investments in DevOps that don’t matter. After working with several teams that lost their DevOps funding after making automation investments in areas that were not business constraints, Anne Hungate's “Know Your Numbers” model emerged. Join Anne to learn how to prioritize your DevOps improvements and demonstrate the impact and value you are delivering. After all, DevOps gets traction and funding when teams can show the business impact of doing it, so if you want your DevOps initiative to take off, be...

Brian Thompson
Mindgrub
DT2

Embrace Our Robot Overlords: Make CI Work for You

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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,...

Gajan Pathmanathan
Quicken Loans
DT3

Shift Left: Continuous Performance Testing in the CI/CD Pipeline

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

“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...

Faye Thompson
Cardinal Solutions Group
AT6

Cultivating Space for Learning

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

We know so much more about how our brains interpret and retain information than ever before, yet we still rely on outdated notions of how learning works. Management clients lament that their enterprise training budgets are not robust enough to support the education opportunities they would like to offer to their teams, but they deter day-to-day learning by not allowing for the mental space to think, discuss, and experiment. Faye Thompson will discuss creating psychologically safe spaces where teams can question, experiment, and explore. You will leave with an understanding of how we learn...

Jeff Langr
Langr Software Solutions, Inc.
AT7

A Personal History of Collaboration: Soloing, Pairing, Mobbing, Cube Farms, and Pipe Fires

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Pair programming is the practice you love to hate! It's been nearly twenty years since Extreme Programming promoted pair programming as a collaborative practice, and it's still here. And if you thought that was bad, now there's mobbing, where the entire team works together on one thing at a time. Does that seem nuts? Yet we often hear teams say, "We go faster because we are mobbing." In this anecdote-heavy session, you'll hear Jeff Langr's history of working through various models for collaboration (or not) across the past several decades, including pairing, solo programming, and mobbing....

Eran_Kinsbruner
Perfecto
AT8

Future-Proofing Testers in the Age of AI, ML, and Bots

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

We're all hearing the buzzwords of AI, machine learning, chatbots, and next-generation testing. Does this mean that the days of traditional testing as we know and practice it are over? Eran Kinsbruner doesn't think so. Join him to learn about the clear transformation happening toward smarter testing techniques and tools. These approaches will drive better pipeline efficiency and release velocity with high quality, and Eran thinks this means good things for the testing practice and practitioners. You'll discover the key trends that are happening around AI, machine learning, and bots in the...

John Krewson
Sketch Development
AT9

I Got a Fever, and the Only Prescription Is More Feedback

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The Second City, an improvisational comedy club that launched the careers of comedians such as Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell, has delivered a successful product to audiences nightly for almost sixty years. How do they do it? By recognizing the power of feedback. Brian Eno, a pioneer in the music industry who produced albums for U2 and Coldplay, relies on a feedback generation system to ensure the best performances of the bands he works with. Likewise, the lean startup movement has uncovered a similar pattern of organizations that thrive on experimentation and learning. John...

Josh Anderson
kazi, LLC
AT10

Create the Self-Directed Team of Your Dreams

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

You've read dozens of books on agile and hundreds of articles, but no one actually told you how to build the team of your dreams. Josh Anderson brings the real-world experience of growing a team from zero engineers to thirty while shipping five products—and he did it is less than a year. Learn how to build a team from scratch or transform your existing team into a mystical self-directed team, and understand how leadership operates in a world of self-directed teams. You'll be able to take these lessons home and hire, grow, and support self-directed teams, then start changing the world.

Treasa Overton
Overton Coaching
DT4

Dominating DevOps with Distributed Teams

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Distributed teams are the norm in Fortune 100 and 500 companies, crossing many time zones and multiple cultures. These teams seldom communicate directly, instead using a point of contact to relay information. While teams don't need to be collocated to deliver significant business value, they must use their DevOps pipeline to their advantage. Through continuous integration and automated testing, stories can be swarmed by distributed teams and completed in a fraction of the time it typically takes. Treasa Overton will discuss how this distributed model allows for faster delivery of business...

Adarsh Shah
Contino
DT5

Integrating Infrastructure as Code into a Continuous Delivery Pipeline

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Infrastructure as code is the approach that takes proven coding techniques used by software systems and extends them to infrastructure. It is one of the key DevOps practices that enables teams to deliver infrastructure rapidly, reliably, and at scale, and thereby also software running on that infrastructure. The primary goal of continuous delivery (CD) is to ensure that the software can be reliably released at any time, and integrating infrastructure as code as part of the CD pipeline helps in furthering that goal. Adarsh Shah has helped organizations from various domains adopt...

Kevin Dunne
Tricentis
DT6

Continuous Load Testing for DevOps

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

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...

Julie_Gardiner
Independent Consultant
AT11

Agile Leadership Conversations in the Fishbowl

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

It can be lonely at the top. Trying to find other leaders who are having the same problem and issues you have and are willing to take a few minutes and help solve problems is really hard. One solution that Julie Gardiner has found works well is the "fishbowl" conversation. The fishbowl activity is also great for keeping a focused conversation while in a large group of people. At any time, only a few people have a conversation—the fish in the fishbowl. The remaining people are listeners—the ones watching the fishbowl. The caveat is that the listeners can join the discussion at any moment....

Suzette Johnson
Northrop Grumman
Robin Yeman
Lockheed Martin
AT12

Commonalities of Agile and DevOps Transformations for Large Organizations

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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...

Julie Wyman
Excella Consulting
Hunter Tammaro
Excella Consulting
AT13

What’s Really Going On with Your Team? An Observational Skills Workshop

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

When it comes to our day-to-day work interactions, there are many factors that pass us by simply because we’re not used to paying attention to them. The best way to become more observant is through deliberate practice, so join Julie Wyman for a brief introduction to themes and different aspects of interactions to start observing, followed by small group exercises to practice observing and to help understand what it feels like to be observed. The exercises will be followed by a debrief and full group discussion about how to observe thoughtfully and share feedback in a neutral, nonjudgmental...

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
Ian Larson
Lionbridge
AT14

How Design Thinking and Agile Can Be Friends

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Agile methodologies do not traditionally allot space, time, or processes for user experience design. Some teams try to accommodate design via separate design sprints that are somewhat coupled to the team's backlog, but these are typically performed two or three sprints ahead. Increasingly, designers are demanding that teams do big, upfront design phases outside of a team's backlog, followed by agile development sprints to implement the design. As markets mature and competition increases, more and more companies must become design-focused or even design-led. Ian and Mary will show you why...

Todd Olson
Pendo
AT15

Scaling the Product in an Agile World

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

In agile, most companies and teams associate “product” with the product owner role. While the product owner role is very important, how does this scale? How do you coordinate priorities across product owners, groups, and product lines? The product owner responsibilities are well-defined for how they interact with their team, but what about other product-related activities? Todd Olson will explore scaling the notion of product in agile organizations. He’ll look at the role beyond the product owner with a renewed focus on the profession of product management, which is often de-emphasized or...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros, Inc.
DT7

Experiences Bringing Continuous Delivery to the DoD and DHS

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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,...

Curtis Yanko
Sonatype
DT8

DevSecOps in the Age of Containers

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

As IT shops look to move their workloads into containers and the cloud, their initial concerns often center around the security implications. Containers do force us to change how we think about securing our application, but they also offer exciting new opportunities. Curtis Yanko will explore the security concerns that come along with containers and take a deep dive into container composability and how modern tooling makes it possible to automate security and compliance concerns across the entire application stack. Curtis will share a project via GitHub that has a reference Jenkins...

Laurent Py
Hiptest
Vincent Prêtre
Hiptest
DT9

A DevOps Team's Journey Toward Behavior-Driven Development

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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...

Katy Sherman
Premier Inc.
AT16

How Agile Killed Managers

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile adoption has changed the corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, then what's the manager's role? Have no fear—managers are not obsolete; their job just looks a little different. Katy Sherman will discuss how agile has reshaped the manager's role. You will see examples of what not to do, such as when managers become a real obstacle during agile adoption, as well as learn how individuals, teams, and...

Paul Merrill
Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services
AT17

Service Virtualization: How to Test More by Testing Less

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile teams tend to struggle in getting development and testing in sync. Many teams run minified waterfalls, where testers get working code a few days before the end of the sprint—and tools usually can't help. But service virtualization is one of those rare tools that can make a huge impact and accelerate software delivery by limiting the dependencies needed for testing. Join Paul Merrill to get an introductory demonstration of service virtualization with a freely available, open source tool. Learn the five modes of service virtualization: capture, simulate, spy, synthesize, and modify....

AT18

Limitless by Choice: Discover Your Team's High-Performing Potential

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Every one of us has the potential to be limitless in our careers, personal life, and everything in between! Yet most of us—yes, including you—are only achieving a fraction of what you are capable of. We all want more, but we aren’t sure how to go get it. This session will be an interactive and practical guide to breaking through all the things that limit you and will kickstart your journey to a limitless life. Jessica Soroky will introduce activities from the personal development program Limitless by Choice and address the potential all teams have to be high-performing when they start...

Katrina Thacker
Box Inc
AT19

User Stories Are like Onions: Let's Peel Away the Layers

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In the world of agile product development, user stories are like onions ... and no, that doesn’t mean they stink or they make you cry (although they have been known to do both). Writing user stories is still one of the hardest crafts in agile product development today. We all know that a good user story can be the difference between a low-performing Scrum team and a high-performing one. Katrina Thacker will introduce the "onion pattern" as a paradigm for creating great user stories, and she will lead you through a series of hands-on exercises to practice applying the pattern. In this...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
AT20

Shu-Ha-Ri Applied to Agile Leadership

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Far too many agile instances either fail or underperform because the leadership team members don’t sufficiently understand agility and their role within it. They don’t understand the fundamentals or how to map them to effective execution. But the larger problem is that they (and the organization) are unaware of the gaps. In this session, we’ll explore a basic assessment model for determining agile leadership maturity as a means of gauging and improving leadership's understanding and your overall effectiveness in applying agile. You'll break into small groups and assess the leadership...

Peter_Varhol
Kanda Software
Gerie Owen
QualiTest Group, Inc.
DT10

Bring Your Team Home Safely: What DevOps Teams Can Learn from Aircrews

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

United Flight 232 should have crashed with all 296 lives lost. Asiana Flight 214 should not have crashed at all. However, the actual outcomes were very different. Peter Varhol and Gerie Owen explain that the critical difference between the two flights was the interactions of their respective aircrews. Cockpit crew members work together to best utilize the skills of every team member to make flights safe. Using these principles, a DevOps team can bring their project safely home. The leader of a team is the final authority, but leaders must acknowledge team members’ knowledge and experience...

Eric Sheridan
WhiteHat Security
DT11

Serverless Security: Overcome Architectural Security Challenges

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Serverless architectures take the idea of microservices to the extreme. To implement secure serverless architectures, you have to understand how to compartmentalize programs at the function level. You also need to factor in security practices: Serverless architectures are susceptible to traditional attacks such as SQL injection and command injection, along with a wide variety of privilege escalation and sensitive data disclosure attacks. Developers must consider what would happen if an attacker attempted to invoke each of their functions directly. What if one of those functions were to...

Lee Eason
Ipreo
DT12

Lessons Learned Implementing DevOps: A Discussion

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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...