Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : Bring Your Team Home Safely: What DevOps Teams Can Learn from Aircrews


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

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

Add to calendar

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; that can make the difference between success and failure. Join Peter and Gerie to experience how you can apply aircrew practices to your team’s delivery of high-quality applications through complementary expertise, collaboration, and decision-making. You’ll learn how blind deference to authority and automation can be detrimental to a DevOps team, and how to use everyone’s skills to achieve success.

Kanda Software

Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics, having authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. He has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology, and he is director of practice strategy at Kanda Software. His past roles include technology journalist, software product manager, software developer, and university professor.


Gerie Owen
QualiTest Group, Inc.

Gerie Owen is Vice President, Knowledge and Innovation-US at QualiTest Group, Inc. She is a Certified ScrumMaster, conference presenter, and author on technology and testing articles and is currently developing a curriculum for DevOps training. Gerie enjoys mentoring new QA Leads and brings a cohesive team approach to testing. Gerie chooses her presentation topics based on her experiences in technology, what she has learned from them and what she would like to learn to improve them. Gerie can be reached through her website,, her blog, Testing in the Trenches, and on Twitter and on LinkedIn.