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Agile + DevOps East 2021 - Agile Engineering & Development

Monday, November 15

Rich Mills
Coveros
MA

Getting Started with Microservices and Serverless

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

Do you wonder how computers can be “serverless”? Does “microservices” seem like just another buzzword? These two technologies are actually changing software design and operations. They work together to help solve complex problems by breaking them down into smaller pieces through loose coupling and modularization. Where some traditional software design techniques required assembling a monolithic piece of software on a platform, a microservices architecture and a serverless programming paradigm focus more on how to keep the pieces independent, orthogonal in function, and interconnected...

Tuesday, November 16

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TG

Threat Modeling

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

If it seems as though attacks are always getting better, it’s because they are. Computers, apps, networks, and connected devices are all subject to different types of threats. Systems are facing new threats from things such as voice cloning and computational propaganda. Not to mention the growing importance of threats “at the human layer.” All of this can make it hard to keep up, let alone get ahead of potential threats. So isn’t it time that the threat modeling used by security pros, developers and systems managers evolve? Join Jeffery Payne as he shares his knowledge and experience on...

Wednesday, November 17

W2

Unlock the full potential your refinement sessions

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Good refinement makes development more predictable, leads to better solutions, and enables the Product Owner to set the right priorities. Still, many teams fail to unlock the full potential of refinement. Not only is the time spent on refinement often limited, but many of the refinement meetings I join are also inefficient. I meet teams that spent half the meeting watching the Product Owner entering the new backlog items in the workflow system. Although they poker the user stories afterwards, little time is left to discuss the best solution and risks that need to be avoided. I will focus...

Bill Staples
New Relic
W4

The Broader Business Applications of Telemetry Data

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

According to a recent study by Gartner, nearly 70% of corporate boards cite the impact of COVID-19 as the driving force for increased spending on IT and digital capabilities. As cloud computing becomes ubiquitous and digital transformation accelerates, the performance of software is being placed under a microscope that can’t be delivered by APM alone. In the post-COVID digital environment, enterprises and their engineering teams won’t be able to drive true innovation without full-stack observability. With more than 20 years of experience driving transformative product, cultural and...

julia-pottinger
QualityWorks Consulting Group
W5

Practical Tips to Speed Up Your UI Automated Tests

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Automated UI Tests are at the top of the automation pyramid and are considered slower and more prone to failure than automated tests at the other layers. Given that, how do you increase the speed of those tests to ensure that they are as efficient and provide as much value? In this talk, Julia will go through practical tips that you can implement in your UI test automation to increase its speed and get faster feedback. Key takeaways will include: how to increase the speed of UI tests, practical tips to make your test automation more efficient, and how to make your UI test less flaky and...

Sejal Amin
Khoros
W7

Product Development Culture: Focus on Learning

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Do you want to learn how to build an engaging product development culture that values learning? Are you finding it hard to keep up with learner's expectations which are now expected to be fun, relevant, and experiential? Today's rapidly changing technology landscape demands organizations are in a sustainable learning mode which is requires a more progressive approach to building an inspect and adapt culture. In this presentation, Sejal will discuss how to pivot to an organization that enables collaboration, innovation, and a learning culture in distributed yet interconnected team...

W11

Using ML to Optimize Automated Web App Testing with Real-World Data

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Though test automation has made testing faster, quality teams struggle to prioritize end-to-end testing to maximize test coverage. It’s challenging to define the E2E scenarios similarly to unit test coverage, particularly when teams only have a small set of test needs outlined. The issue becomes even more complex when new application features are added since there’s no way to determine where more E2E tests are necessary. This talk explains how a ML engineer built and tested a new feature and how prioritization of E2E testing in Agile environments can be automated. Lauren’s team developed...

Split Software
W12

Effectively Managing Feature Flags

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Our repo has around 300K lines of code and more active feature flags at any given moment than we have fingers and toes. As we have moved into a world of continuous deployment with controlled releases, the use of feature flags has become an essential way of writing software. Yet, when we started out, we ended up with code that was hard to read, hard to reason about, and hard to manage. After exploring several strategies, we have found a pattern that aligns feature flags with larger code units (classes, components, reducers, actions) rather than at individual lines of code. This alleviates...

Thursday, November 18

Arlen Bankston
Adaptagility LLC
K4

Agile Rebels

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Agile frameworks such as Scrum and SAFe have gained a massive foothold, but they’re not the only games in town. Some adventurous practitioners have created their own methods to address what they feel are fundamental flaws in existing constructs. Agility is all about adaptation; how did these methodologists sidestep mainstream approaches to find creative solutions to their respective challenges? Explore how the venerable Ivar Jacobsen’s Essence framework aims to break free of all methods. See how BaseCamp’s Ryan Singer formulated ShapeUp to soothe Basecamp’s growing pains. Ron Quartel’s...

T11

Creating Test Stability To Achieve Continuous Delivery

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

In our company, our automated tests were taking 30 minutes of execution time and the occurrence of flaky tests was just multiplying this time and reducing the confidence in the results. Our automated tests were maintained by various team members and some of them were not following leading practices - I needed to find out the root causes. I started my investigation and found the common issues were because of the environment, locators, coding practices, and a lack of knowledge sharing and code reviews. I improved our locators, coding practices, debugging, and simultaneously the developers...

Nicolas Fränkel
Hazelcast
T24

Zero-downtime Deployment on Kubernetes

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Kubernetes allows a lot. After discovering its features, it’s easy to think it can magically transform your application deployment process into a painless no-event. For Hello World applications, that is the case. Unfortunately, not many of us do deploy such applications day-to-day because we need to handle state. Though it would be much easier to have stateless apps, and despite our best efforts in this direction, state is found in (at least) two places: sessions and databases. You need to think keeping the state while stopping and starting application nodes. In this talk, I’ll demo how to...