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Agile + DevOps East 2021 - DevOps

Customize your Agile + DevOps East 2021 experience with sessions covering DevOps.

Monday, November 15

Jeff Payne
Coveros
MC

What DevOps Means for Testers and Testing

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

DevOps is more than a buzzword or a passing fad. It's a radically new approach to rapidly deliver high-quality software applications. However, many organizations don’t fully grasp the magnitude of this change or what it means for everyone involved in the software development lifecycle. Jeffery Payne says that DevOps—when done right—drives higher quality and efficiency into software development, software testing, and application management activities. It empowers teams to remove impediments to quality and productivity throughout the entire software lifecycle. However, when DevOps is done...

Tuesday, November 16

Melissa Benua
mParticle
Janna_Loeffler
Equinox Media
TA

Continuous Delivery in Practice: A Hands-On DevOps Workshop

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

What is continuous deployment? How does it differ from continuous integration and continuous delivery? Every company thinks they want CI/CD, but few teams have experience in knowing what that means and how to build it out. Join Janna and Melissa as they walk through building your own build pipeline using GitHub Actions, Docker, and Azure to continuously deploy to production. They will walk you through some of the basics of Git, Docker, and YAML to create build pipelines that run test automation and deploy an application. These tools and techniques will help reduce debugging differences...

Blaine Carter
Oracle
TB

CI/CD Tools for Database Development

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

The database is one of the most critical components of just about any application. Unfortunately, it is also often overlooked when it comes to automating the development process. Too often database changes simply take the form of "a bunch of scripts we hope work". The good news is that there are a lot of tools available to help automate and test database changes, many of them are open source. In this hands-on workshop, experience Open Source tools you can use to help integrate your Database application development into your CI/CD pipeline. Begin by using a schema migration tool to manage...

Dana-Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
TE

Feature Teams vs Component Teams

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

Organizations today can no longer afford to deliver new features to their respective markets once a year or even once a quarter. In the attempt to catch up with the competition, they jump onto DevOps journey starting with the "How" and losing the sight of "Why" and "What". Join this gamified simulation tutorial to gain a solid understanding of foundational principles of the DevOps culture. Experience the benefits of DevOps transformation even before initiating one in your enterprise! This tutorial is ideally designed for organizations that are evaluating their approach to DevOps...

Wednesday, November 17

Alberto Silveira
LawnStarter
K1

Building and Managing High-Performance Teams

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:45am

The COVID-19 pandemic has possibly caused the most significant shift in work culture of our lifetime. It quickly furthered techniques such as working-from-home, digital transformation, diversity, and inclusion and made them become an immediate reality. The next few months and years contain a great deal of uncertainty about how people will work and interact in a global economy that is not yet free of the disease and its enormous impact. So how can companies, tech sector businesses, adapt to this new normal? Alberto Silveira is passionate about ready sharing his proven methodology, insights...

Mark-Kilby
K5Labs
W1

Where Does Our Future Lead? Remote, Hybrid Remote or Elsewhere?

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

The year 2020 introduced the largest remote work experiment ever. Hybrid remote seemed the obvious solution as we moved into 2021. But was it a solution or another forced experiment? Does remote still seem like a better option or a temporary fix? We will explore why some organizations have chosen remote work, some of the key principles that need to be in place to make remote work successful, and when being face-to-face still provides the better option for certain types of work.

Craeg-Strong
Ariel Partners
W3

Bringing DevOps to an Entrenched Legacy Environment with the Kanban Method

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

Innovative Silicon Valley companies like Etsy leverage DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices to achieve new levels of automation and agility, shrinking development lead times and deploying to production many times each day. However, many companies struggle to implement these practices for the legacy systems that run their core business. To make matters worse, the agile community offers relatively little practical guidance for implementing DevOps practices in legacy environments. Fortunately, the Kanban Method provides a practical way to gradually evolve these core systems towards...

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...

avantika-mathur
CloudBees
W6

Release Management in the Era of Progressive Delivery

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

The concept of “progressive delivery” using feature flags has taken the world of software delivery by storm in recent years, but what does this mean for enterprise software development operations teams, and how they should change their technology and practices? Like many things, the application of progressive delivery in the enterprise setting is much easier said than done with disparate technology and teams around the world.

This talk will cover the state of progressive delivery, the potential benefits and use cases unlocked by adding feature flags into the release management...

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...

K2

Distributed DevOps

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Our industry has fundamentally changed over the last decade. Monolithic architectures have evolved into microservices. Applications are distributed on infrastructure across the globe. And an increasing number of companies are moving to a remote-first culture with engineers distributed as widely as applications. Our technical environment and tooling ecosystem have changed radically from the original conditions in which DevOps was created. So what's next? Learn about the next phase of DevOps: a distributed model that emphasizes swift development, observable systems, accountable engineers,...

LinearB
W13

Dev Team Metrics That Matter

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The truth is, no one really likes being measured, especially devs. But business leaders like looking at numbers, so they grab what’s easily available - # of code changes, agile velocity, individual developer metrics. These types of metrics are unbalanced, exclude context, and hurt engineering culture as a whole.

Measuring should start by answering the question “What is the most valuable outcome?”

Why? Because what you measure is what your team will produce. If you start measuring the number of code changes as a key performance metric, you are going to see coding time, PR size...

W14

4 Maps of DevOps

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Although DevOps practices deliver incredible benefits to organizations looking to improve their software delivery practices, the larger positive impact of DevOps to delivering value is often harder to realize. A set of practices we’ve found to help organizations is something we call the 4 Maps of DevOps. Fitting nicely in between the 3 ways and 5 ideals, the 4 maps consist of Outcome Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, Dependency Mapping, and Capability Mapping. They help you create a powerful roadmap that is outcomes-focused and targeted at the most important problems. The four maps flow into...

Anders Wallgren
CloudBees
W16

How to “SRE” Your Way to Pipeline Improvement

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Oftentimes, IT professionals think auditability and observability are separate concepts, when in fact, they’re two sides of the same coin. It’s the review of what happened and why—just from different perspectives and moments in time. The point is, building an auditable pipeline should also result in building an observable pipeline. Most IT pros, however, think about observability in regards to the observability of an operational system. But what if we considered the observability of an internal organizational system instead? For example, the CI cycle time of your pipeline. To test this...

Harshal Vora
QMetry Inc.
W18

Adopt Continuous Testing to Fulfill “Need for Speed” with High Quality

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

When it comes to DevOps, organizations find QA to be a bottleneck. Often in the race for faster releases, enterprises tend to sacrifice “Quality”. Companies that merely focus on speed and ignore quality suffer a huge blow. Often, they can’t implement Continuous Testing fully or lack the tools and processes for test orchestration in the pipeline. To do so successfully, you not only need to move testing upstream, but you also need to adopt the right set of test practices. In practice, continuous testing is the process of testing early, testing frequently and comprehensively, using automation...

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...

Hope Lynch
CloudBees
T1

A Team Retrospective on Value Stream Management

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

In this session, Hope will be walking through a Value Stream Management retrospective about a team and an organization I worked with a few years ago. This team’s work had an outsize impact on the larger organization due to issues with value streams. Now, Value Streams can seem like a huge topic but they can be very straightforward. I hope today is an opportunity to reframe the concept of a value stream in a more approachable way and provide some insight on how you may be able to take action to improve yours if you find yourself in similar circumstances.

Neeta Sonnakul
Council for Affordable Quality HealthCar
T5

Building a Distributed Automation Team from Scratch

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

I have worked on QA teams with as few as three testers and as large as 20. Four years ago, I elected to start at CAQH (health care company) and was the only QA Automation staff member, was brought on board with a mandate to “convert the manual testing shop to Automation”. I found the organization had taken delivery on several poor-quality software releases of our flagship product from our development partner, and the ongoing application development and testing was in disarray. As employee #2 on the newly formed Technical/QA Team, this is the story of how we built Automation presence, built...

Magenic//Cognizant Softvision
T6

CI/CD with Github Actions

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

As more organizations move towards continuous integration and continuous delivery with DevOps pipelines. Github Actions enables you to create Continues Integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) pipelines directly in your Github repository. These workflows are made out of different tasks so-called actions that can be run automatically on certain events. Through this talk I will walk through CI/CD concepts, GitHub Actions Workflows, Build Artifacts, Packages Management, and Deployment Triggers.

Stuart Clark
Cisco Systems
T12

Instant and Automatic Network Configuration: As Easy as A-B-CI/CD

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

The network used to rely on manual configurations, siloed and separated groups, and slow provisioning processes. Thanks to technology advancements, companies can now deploy code hundreds of thousands of times per day, quickly and accurately updating their network configurations and security policies. They can even instantly provision private circuits and SD-WAN from the branch/edge to cloud - and everything in between. NetDevOps automated continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) allows the testing and validation to take place. SD-WAN is NetDevOps, agility, speed and...

Vivian Xu
BMO
T13

What Makes Great Distributed Agile Teams Tick

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The digital revolution is here. The last year has seen remote work across teams take a leap forward. Management has gained the confidence that teams of people they cannot see, walk up to and check up on can actually get things done. Rather than policing workers, we are trusting them to get stuff done. Companies are even committing to distributed working in the future, shedding central office space and promising permanent distributed workforces. However, working on distributed teams is challenging. Sure, the technology is getting better all the time. And getting sufficient bandwidth and...

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions
T16

Continuous Performance Testing in DevOps

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Performance testing isn’t the first thing organizations think about when moving to DevOps – in fact, it’s often ignored as traditional approaches don’t jive well with the fast and nimble world of DevOps. However, performance is still a critical part of the user experience, and poor performance and outages will quickly negate the value of the features you’re delivering. Lee believes that organizations don’t have to gamble with application performance. He will discuss techniques for implementing continuous performance testing in your pipeline, so you don’t have to roll the dice on your user...

Eran-Kinsbruner
Perforce
T17

Building a Winning Cross-Browser Testing Strategy with Selenium, Cypress and BDD

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Digital channels are at the core of every business, however, with the growing technologies around web including progressive web (PWAs,), Responsive web and mobile, teams are required to build continuous testing into each and every build and within the cycle. Advancements in leading frameworks like Selenium and Cypress together with BDD (Cucumber) that supports both are positioned high in the priority of organizations as part of their shift-left of testing. In this session, Eran Kinsbruner will walk through the key benefits of both these frameworks, the main uses cases per persona and...

Thomas-Haver
Red Green Refactor
T18

The Rise and Benefits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a term given to technology that allows developers to programmatically emulate the actions of a human to execute a business process. RPA often operates on the user interface (UI) layer to capture data or interact with an application or across multiple applications to perform tasks that are considered repetitive or time-consuming. Originally focused on business processes, many RPA solutions now integrate with testing tools. While the promises of easy adoption and scaling are made by almost every vendor, the reality is long-term commitment to an RPA program...

Sean-Mack
Wiley
T21

Transformation at Wiley (DevOps, and Agile, and ITSM Oh My!)

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm

Wiley is a company that is transforming at every level. Our industries, from research to education, are going through unprecedented change. As a company, we are going through a massive transformation in Agile, DevOps, and ITSM to meet the changing demands of our markets. Learn how Wiley is managing multiple simultaneous transformations while continuing to deliver for researchers and educators around the world.