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Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 3

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Hours—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Certified Agile Leadership
Sanjiv Augustine
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Begin the journey toward agile leadership in this two-day workshop focused on the role, responsibilities and reasons for being an agile leader. 

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Leading SAFe—SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification
Brian Hicks
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Designed for organizational leaders and change agents, this two-day course introduces the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and provides the tools necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation using the lean and product flow principles of SAFe.

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Agile Test Automation—ICAgile
Robert Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

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Foundations of DevOps—ICAgile Certification
Byron Katz
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Because DevOps practices require confidence in nearly all changes, automated testing is an essential ingredient that is integrated into the process and relied upon for enforcement of quality gates and to ensure overall delivery quality. This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Test professionals, operations engineers, developers, project managers, and business owners will all benefit from this curriculum.

 

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Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level
Jeff Pierce
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Accredited training for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) certification, aligned to the new 2018 syllabus. ISTQB is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing and has granted more than 500,000 certifications in more than 110 countries around the world. In this three-day course, learn what it takes to be a successful software tester and learn about the relationship of testing to development, test levels, black-box methods, white-box testing, experienced-based testing, and more. This course is appropriate for those new to the testing profession and those seeking certification in software testing. 

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Agile Tester Certification
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organizations worldwide, and as a result, many testers struggle to understand the agile development process and their place in it. In Agile Tester Certification, both novice and experienced testers learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. Learn technical and team skills testers need for success in the world of agile development, as well as the techniques of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) during this two-day course. All participants are expected to have experience in or knowledge of agile development fundamentals.  

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Certified Scrum Product Owner
Arlen Bankston
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

This two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner certification course gives you the skills to assume the hardest role in Scrum, a Product Owner. Taught by leading agile practitioners, the focus on this course is providing real-world techniques that have been proven effective by product owners in hundreds of actual projects. Business customers, product managers, and line managers will benefit from this training. Upon completion, successful participants are registered as a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance® (www.scrumalliance.org).

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Certified ScrumMaster® Training
Bob Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This two-day Certified ScrumMaster® Training prepares you both to gain your ScrumMaster certification, and more importantly, to utilize it in complex situations and projects. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to take an exam allowing you to become a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), which includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance®, where valuable ScrumMaster materials and information are available exclusively to CSMs.
 
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Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Upon completion of this course, successful attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), awarded the ICAgile Professional designation (ICP).

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday, November 4

Registration Hours—7:00am–5:00pm
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial MA Continuous Delivery in Practice: A Hands-On DevOps Workshop Preview
Danilo Sato
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

For many organizations, delivering software into production has become increasingly more complex with long testing cycles and a division between development and operations teams. DevOps is a cultural movement that is breaking down those barriers. Focusing on automation, collaboration, tools, and knowledge sharing, DevOps is showing that developers and system engineers have much to learn from each other. Through a series of hands-on exercises, Danilo Sato will use a sample web application to demonstrate how to automate its build and deployment pipeline, using infrastructure and pipeline as...Read more

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Tutorial MB DevSecOps: Automating Security in DevOps Preview NEW
Rohit Salecha
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Modern enterprises are implementing the technical and cultural changes required to embrace DevOps methodology. DevSecOps extends DevOps by introducing security early into the software development lifecycle, minimizing security vulnerabilities and enhancing the software security posture. In this workshop you’ll learn how this can be achieved through a series of live demonstrations and practical examples. You will receive a state-of-the-art DevSecOps tool chest with various open source tools and scripts to help DevOps engineers automate security within the CI/CD pipeline. While the workshop...Read more

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Tutorial MC Test Design for CI/CD Delivery Preview
Melissa Benua
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Imagine this … As soon as any developed functionality is submitted into the code repository, it is automatically subjected to the appropriate battery of tests and then released straight into production. Setting up the pipeline capable of doing just that is becoming more and more common and something you need to know about. But most organizations hit the same stumbling block—just what IS the appropriate battery of tests? Automated build architectures don't always lend themselves well to the traditional stages of testing. In this hands-on tutorial, Melissa Benua introduces you to...Read more

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Tutorial MD Focus on the Customer to Build the Right Thing Preview NEW
Catherine Louis
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Products creators who are passionate about delighting their customers know they need to solve their users’ true needs. But instead of building the right thing, many of our software practices just have us building the wrong thing faster. Catherine Louis will walk you through some techniques for discovering what you should be developing, including design thinking, build-measure-learn loops to validate assumptions, and user story mapping. In this half-day tutorial you’ll learn by doing, navigating from initial idea to validated prototype, so you can leave with a toolkit designed to...Read more

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Tutorial ME Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level Preview
Ryan Ripley
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Are you struggling to achieve results from your agile and Scrum teams? Are you having trouble with user story writing or with effective estimation and forecasting? Are your sprint reviews and retrospectives low focus and low energy? What about gaining traction on the organization-side of things? Do your leaders actually understand the underlying principles? Are they measuring things properly? And what about Scrum at Scale—how’s that going? If you have questions, any questions, about how to improve specific practices or generally how to improve your agile journey, then this tutorial is for...Read more

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Tutorial MF Learning How to Lead High-Performing Agile Teams Preview
Mary Thorn, Bob Galen
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Currently much of agile adoption—coaching, advice, techniques, training, and even the empathy—revolves around the agile teams. Leaders are typically ignored, marginalized at best, and in the worst cases even vilified. But Bob Galen and Mary Thorn contend that there is a central and important role for managers and leaders within agile environments. Join Bob and Mary as they explore the patterns of mature agile managers and leaders. Examine why those who understand servant leadership know how to effectively support, grow, coach, and empower their agile teams in ways that increase the team's...Read more

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Tutorial MG Applying AI to Real-World Development Problems Preview NEW
Jennifer Bonine, Jeremias Rößler
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Integrating AI into your development activities can be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy—it just takes some work. Learn how to directly apply AI to real-world development problems and get some hands-on experience using AI with a testing focus—without needing a Ph.D. in computer science. Jennifer and Jeremias will share a wide survey of all the different ways AI is applied to software today. Whether you are just AI-curious or you want to reap the benefits of AI-based software approaches today, this workshop is a must to get an understanding of where software is headed in an AI...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MH Scaling Agile: Having It Your Way Preview NEW
Bob Galen, Mary Thorn
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

There are way too many agile scaling frameworks today, but none of them really works so well out of the box, and each has some distinct challenges. Join Bob Galen and Mary Thorn in this interactive workshop where they will dive into each of the leading frameworks: SAFe, LeSS, [email protected], Nexus, and DAD. They’ll explore patterns from each that they’ve personally used and found high value in, as well as share what hasn’t worked for them—no fluff, just working patterns for the real world. Then they’ll help you analyze your scaling context and select the patterns that might work best for you...Read more

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Tutorial MI Continuous Testing with Containers Preview NEW
Melissa Benua
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Containers. Every manager thinks they want them, but few teams have experience in knowing what to DO with them. Used thoughtfully, containerization of your services can transform the way your organization thinks about testing. Gone can be the days of maintaining X different compute environments with Y different configurations. Imagine instead spinning up just the code you need, on the machine type it needs, and only for as long as you need it. In this technical training, Melissa will walk through what containerization means for a legacy code base attempting to practice continuous...Read more

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Tutorial MJ Unleash Your Organizational Superpowers With Liberating Structures Preview NEW
Ryan Ripley
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Unleash innovation with the simple rules of Liberating Structures. Using a subset of these 33 micro-structures, you'll learn how to enable groups of any size to work at the top of their intelligence. Liberating Structures offer a revolutionary solution to collaboration in groups by using a handful of simple rules to unleash and involve everyone. Learning to use Liberating Structures is like learning a new language. We will start with the basics - "1-2-4-all". Then we'll put them together into simple structures using "Appreciative Interviews". Finally, we'll move to advanced structures like...Read more

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Tutorial MK What's Your Leadership IQ? Preview
Jennifer Bonine, Jeremias Rößler
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine and Jeremias Rößler as they share a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. They will explore a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how...Read more

Speed Networking—5:15pm–6:00pm
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 5

Registration Hours—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials (8:30am–12:00pm)
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial TA Tools, Tips, and Tricks for DevOps Leaders Preview NEW
Helen Beal
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

DevOps requires people to adopt new ways of working, often necessitating a change in culture and climate, and therefore also in behaviors. This workshop is for people who are planning to be or are already actively involved in driving DevOps evolution in their own organization or organizations they consult for. You will learn about the role of leaders in DevOps, what it means to be a transformational leader, and how to coach people to learn new concepts, behaviors, methodologies, models, and frameworks. We will look at value streams, product-centric working models, target operating models,...Read more

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Tutorial TB Introducing Docker and Kubernetes to Your DevOps Toolchain Preview
Cassandra Comar
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

As organizations look to improve the speed with which they deliver software, they increasingly turn to microservices and infrastructure-as-code for software architecture and delivery techniques to help leverage value from their DevOps adoptions. Docker, an industry standard containerization tool, facilitates moving processes into isolated environments that can be frozen into images, with an ecosystem that helps developers across organizations build and share these containers. Kubernetes builds on these capabilities and allows a software team to break down their application into small,...Read more

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Tutorial TC Getting Started with Microservices and Serverless Preview NEW
Glenn Buckholz
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TE Creating a High-Performance Agile Team Preview SOLD OUT
Mary Thorn, Bob Galen
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward fairly efficient execution. However, these teams are quite often simply going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from their experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen and Mary Thorn explore high-performance team patterns, which are the thinking models of mature agile teams, including large-scale emergent...Read more

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Tutorial TF Tools for DevSecOps Preview
Tom Stiehm
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

DevOps is about creating alignment across the value stream for an application, service, or product. DevSecOps integrates security into this process, making the entire team responsible for delivering secure code that works and can be deployed and used securely. But how do you actually do that? What tools do you add to your DevOps pipeline to help make your software secure and provide your stakeholders with a high level of confidence that the software meets all security requirements & standards? In this tutorial Tom Stiehm will explore what security tools you can add to your DevOps...Read more

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Tutorial TG Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions Preview
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...Read more

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Tutorial TH The Tester's (New) Role in Agile Development Preview
Robert Sabourin
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities, and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue (1:00pm–4:30pm)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial TI Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and LEGOs Preview
Dana Pylayeva
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TJ Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of Us Preview SOLD OUT
Larry Maccherone
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than becoming a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data—in compelling ways. You’ll gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics,...Read more

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Tutorial TK Just-in-Time Software Testing Preview NEW
Robert Sabourin
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

An approach to generating great test ideas as part of agile team planning and preparation. This dynamic workshop through a series of small group activities teach delegates have to identify a rich variety of testing ideas and then filter through them to find those relevant to stakeholders Agile teams must get their product to a done in a "potentially" shippable state as new requirements are progressively integrated. Turbulent development projects experience frequent requirements changes, user interface modifications, and the continual integration of new functions, features, and technologies...Read more

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Tutorial TL Busting Myths around Organizational Change Preview NEW
Linda Rising
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

You're smart, and the people in your organization are smart. So making an organizational change should be easy—simply craft a transition plan and transparently explain the benefits, and it will all go smoothly, right? Not quite. Linda Rising will tackle this assumption and other organizational change myths. Learn about patterns for introducing new ideas and some useful tips for helping you grow any innovation step by step, starting right when you get back to the office.Read more

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Tutorial TM What DevOps Means for Testers and Testing Preview
Jeffery Payne
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, November 6

Morning Yoga / Morning Run—6:45am–7:30am
6:45 am to 7:30 am
Registration Hours—7:00am–5:30pm
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Networking Events— Lean Coffee (7:30am-8:30am) | Product Lab (All Day) | Couch Sessions (All Day) | Agile + DevOps Genius Bar (All Day)
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Keynote K1 Making DevOps Evolution Happen Preview
Helen Beal, Ranger4
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Visit the Expo—9:45am–2:00pm
9:45 am to 2:00 pm
Networking Break in the Expo—9:45am–10:15am
9:45 am to 10:15 am
Concurrent Sessions—10:30am–11:30am
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Concurrent Session AW1 Journey without Fear: Leading Your Teams to High Performance Preview
Dana Pylayeva, Agile Play Consulting LLC
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Psychological safety has been identified by Google’s Project Aristotle as a top condition for creating high-performing teams. Yet many organizations are affected by fear in the workplace. It manifests itself in employee disengagement, lack of innovation, a toxic working environment with gossip and rumors, and the best people resigning. How can we start taking the first steps away from the culture of fear and toward a culture of psychological safety? Join this interactive session to experiment with a Fear in the Workplace game and start these difficult conversations in a fun way. Experience...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW2 Fixing Your Scrum - Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems Preview
Ryan Ripley, Independent Consultant
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Broken Scrum practices limit your organization’s ability to take full advantage of the agility Scrum should bring: the development team isn’t cross-functional or self-organizing, the product owner doesn’t get value for their investment, and stakeholders and customers are left wondering when something—anything—will get delivered. Learn how experienced Scrum masters balance the demands of these three levels of servant leadership, while removing organizational impediments and helping Scrum teams deliver real-world value. Discover how to visualize your work, resolve impediments, and empower...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW3 What “Good” Looks Like: The 4 Quadrants of Product Ownership Preview
Bob Galen, Vaco
10:30 am to 11:30 am

The product owner role was introduced in Scrum in 1993, so the role has been around for more than twenty-five years. Yet we still struggle with the nature of it. Is it simple or complex? Is it inward- or outward-facing? It is about backlogs and stories, or something more? And is ownership the whole point? Bob Galen will share his 4 Quadrants model for what "good" product ownership looks like in the real world. It will start with balance, because the role is so broad and deep in its nuance. There are product, project, analyst, and leadership parts to the product owner role, and we’ll...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW4 Where Does Data Come From? Preview
Jennifer Bonine, PinkLion AI
10:30 am to 11:30 am

With all the tools available on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones might meet your needs and which ones will work best for you to create a high-performing team. Join Jennifer Bonine as she explains the relationship between the DevOps cycle and your environment, and how a hub-and-spoke model can link all your different data sets and tools together. She'll identify opportunities for applying test data analytics across the engineering and test landscape, ranging from high-value test cases to dynamically generated regression test suites. She will review ways to...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW5 DevOps for the Agile Practitioner Preview
Lee Eason, IHS Markit
10:30 am to 11:30 am

As an agile coach, ScrumMaster, or product owner, you interact with technical teams every day, even though you may not have a technical background yourself. You hear and read about DevOps all the time, but the truth is that you’re not really sure what DevOps is or exactly how it can help your company. You also have a feeling the executives in your company may be questioning whether their massive investment in agile is paying off. Lee Eason will help nontechnical agile practitioners understand exactly what DevOps is and why it’s valuable. You will leave understanding the background, key...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW6 Wabi-Sabi Your DevSecOps Preview
Brittany Greenfield, Wabbi Inc
10:30 am to 11:30 am

The ability of DevSecOps to produce secure code requires the merging of two very different cultures: AppSec and DevOps. While AppSec lives in a black-and-white world of secure or not secure that would cause “Hello World” to take six months to release, DevOps knows that the reality of software development is actually shades of gray, especially as demands are increasingly placed on development teams to produce more, faster. Brittany Greenfield will teach you how to apply the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi , which accepts imperfections in the things that we create, to DevSecOps, allowing you...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW7 Continuous Delivery Dojo: From Doing Agile to Being Agile Preview
Lisa Maurer, State Farm
10:30 am to 11:30 am

State Farm adopted an innovative approach to a common problem many organizations face with agile transformation: How do you influence, nurture, and support a whole scale culture of agility? How do you move from doing agile to being agile? The solution was to institute a continuous delivery dojo. State Farm is going on its third year of supporting delivery teams at scale in enhancing agile maturity and establishing a continuous delivery culture. The dojo represents a dedicated place to work with teams to change mindsets, skill sets, and toolsets. It also represents an opportunity...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW8 Open Mic: Coaching Up in Your Organization Preview
Jen Wright, GrayHair Software, Sally Vassalotti, GrayHair Software
10:30 am to 11:30 am

The term “coaching up” traditionally refers to communication with a supervisor or person above you in the organizational chart. Coaching up strategies can be effective for all levels: Have you ever had a conversation with a boss, product owner, ScrumMaster, or leader that did not go well? Is one of your teammates dropping the ball? Often our instincts tell us to go on the defensive, which may result in the blame game. Instead, when difficult situations happen—or, better yet, when you anticipate them—let superiors know in a polite and helpful manner. They will appreciate your initiative....Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP1 Environment as a Service (EaaS) for DevOps at Scale Preview
Roni Dover, Quali
10:30 am to 11:30 am
What strategy is proven to help scale DevOps without exhausting your IT department or losing control over the cloud Why focusing on the business need and not the technology makes you future proof How to deal with technology and expertise fragmentation without placing your cloud and data at riskRead more
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Industry Technical Presentation ITP2 Global Agility: How a remote-only workforce stays agile Preview
Tye Davis, GitLab
10:30 am to 11:30 am
With this “new wave” of a remote-only company, establishing the company culture around being agile is crucial to being successful. Transparency creates awareness, it gets more and faster feedback from people outside the company, and makes it easier to collaborate with them. “Minimum Viable Change” is crucial as you should always look to make the quickest change possible to improve the outcome

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Concurrent Sessions—11:45am–12:45pm
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
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Concurrent Session AW9 The Transformation Mindset: A Leader's Guide to Embracing Agile Preview
Steven Granese, AgileThought
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Many leaders want to transform their organization to become more agile, adaptive, and responsive to the market. However, most do not deeply understand how to lead their organization through such a massive change. They install prescriptive scaling frameworks and send employees to training, but discard the elements of true transformation that are difficult. When the inevitable failure ensues, they switch frameworks, fire people, and revert back to what worked for them in the past. What these leaders fail to recognize is that the mindset they used to build their organization conflicts with...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW10 Small Batch Sizes Enable Everything—Even in the Government Preview
Kimberly Davis, ASRC Federal
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Lean practices teach us that small batch sizes optimize flow of value to market. Small batch sizes also help organizations focus on building quality into systems by enabling the power of continuous integration, encouraging faster feedback cycles, increasing our ability to debug, emphasizing a focus on simplicity, decreasing lead and cycle time, and discouraging "snowplowing" testing efforts. These practices are critical for building quality into our products. In the government sector, it also enables the alignment of traditional cost accounting methods, such as earned value...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW11 Example Mapping: The New Three Amigos Preview
Thomas Haver, Designer Brands
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Example mapping is a collaboration technique used by teams to help refine requirements. Every team should have a set of “ready” criteria that includes some kind of workshop between development team members to establish a shared understanding. In a time-boxed example mapping session, rules will summarize examples or constraints about a user story, and questions about outcomes or dependencies are documented for future refinement. The end result is requirements written as user behavior, with a shared understanding among all roles on the agile team. Come ready to participate in a live example...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW12 Selenium Tests at the Speed of Headless Preview
Alissa Lydon, Sauce Labs
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Testing is shifting left. Developers want instant feedback on the quality of their code, and testers want to incorporate tests earlier in the pipeline without slowing down development efforts. Testing in full browsers is great when you’re near the end of the pipeline and need to confirm cross-browser compatibility, but for the scale and speed required for these early pipeline tests, there is a need for a more effective solution. Enter headless browsers, an emerging trend that allows you to run your early pipeline tests at scale. Headless offers a lightweight option that gives developers...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW13 Story Mapping Forward and Backward with DevOps Preview
Catherine Louis, CLL-Group
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

User story maps capture the journey a customer takes with your product, including activities and tasks needed to make that journey a successful one. Typically they begin from the point where the customer has a problem and continues until the feature solving that problem is built. However, rarely do we see the story map include DevOps themes such as release and configuration management activities, or even feature activation. Join Catherine Louis as she guides you through the anatomy of a user story map, including DevOps aspects. You will create a story map from problem discovery to...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW14 DevOps Tools for Database Developers Preview
Blaine Carter, Oracle
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

You're thinking about modernizing your database development process ... someday. You have directories full of SQL files you use to build your application. You know unit tests should be included as part of your build process, and you are going to start adding them ... maybe next week. Does this sound like you? If you think modernizing your dev process will be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, you may be surprised at how easy and cost-effective it is to get started. Blaine Carter will explore how to manage your database application in a continuous development pipeline. He will talk...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW15 The Nitty-Gritty Practices of Agile Coaching for DevOps Preview
Allison Pollard, Improving, Amit Bansal, Improving
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

How do you coach a team from showing progress every two weeks to delivering multiple times a day? Challenging the status quo, running experiments, and forming learning communities may be part of the answer. Research has shown that using the right kind of metrics can promote a generative culture, creating a space where people want to continuously improve and innovate. These metrics that drive culture also can help us know if our coaching is effective. Allison Pollard and Amit Bansal will blend their stories with an interactive workshop to teach you agile coaching practices you can...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW16 An Agile Fireside Chat with Linda Rising Preview
Linda Rising, Independent
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Come get your questions answered by an agile expert! We won't have an actual fireside, but Linda Rising will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the topics that are most important to you. Linda is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile development, patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and the connection between the latest neuroscience and software development. And she wants to discuss whatever interests you. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP3 End-to-end test automation: Stupid or Legit? Preview
Damon Paul, Mabl
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Key pain points of end-to-end test automation and the modern technologies that have eliminated those pains The unique benefits of end-to-end test automation Tips to bring home for getting started with end-to-end test automationRead more
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Industry Technical Presentation ITP4 Eliminate Waiting Times Within Continuous Testing Preview
Mirek Novotny, Micro Focus
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Join this session to see how to:

Increase your DevTesters' efficiency in building and maintaining automation assets using multiple SDKs Remove bottlenecks that often slow down projects and damage quality Accelerate feedback and visibility over pipeline execution

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Lunch in the Expo 12:45pm-1:45pm
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
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Keynote K2 Become the Person Everyone Wants to Work With Preview
Jaimee Newberry, Picture This Clothing
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions—3:00pm–4:00pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session AW17 Engaging Leadership: The Missing Piece for Enhancing Agile Adaptation Preview
Reha Malik Gill, Fannie Mae
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As W. Edwards Deming wrote, "It is not enough that top management commit themselves for life to quality and productivity. They must know what it is that they are committed to—that is, what they must do. These obligations cannot be delegated." To build and lead an agile organization, it’s crucial that senior leaders develop a new mindset and capabilities to transform themselves, their teams, and the organization. Join Reha Malik Gill as she discusses how to introduce the practices of design thinking, decentralization, and empowerment to assist you with transforming an agile organization. It...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW18 Enter the Agile Dojo Preview
Christina Ambers, Thomson Reuters
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The dojo is an experiment-rich environment for the team that encourages adding pieces and tools as needed, pushing experimentation, and learning first. What makes this dojo special is how adaptive it can be, considering teams no longer are all collocated. By using simple tools like a good camera, open call, and a free tool to display work, teams can collaborate across the world. The goal of the dojo is fourfold: Improve individuals and interactions, deliver working software, collaborate with customers, and respond to changes quickly. We'll talk about how agility can be applied to various...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW19 The MVP Mental Model Preview
Jim Grundner, Vaco
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Am I building in small chunks? Thinking and actions around the minimum viable product (MVP) are 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. If there is not a shift to smaller increments or even an understanding of how to do that, the agile transformation is going to be in trouble. Jim Grunder will show how to move team and organizational planning approaches to fundamentally smaller...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW20 Testing Serverless Applications Preview
Peter Varhol, Technology Strategy Research, Gerie Owen, Technology Strategy Research
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Serverless cloud applications are rapidly moving into the mainstream. In this model, teams focus on developing and deploying code on a known technology stack and runtime, with fixed interfaces for application, database, and network. It offers the advantage of lower costs, faster development, and elastic growth. But testing serverless applications also brings significant challenges to testers. Because the stack is maintained by the cloud provider, it is updated with new versions and security patches on a regular basis. Testers have to continuously test the stack interfaces to make sure that...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW21 You Build It, You Own It! Preview
Sean Miller, Capital One, Suresh Chellapilla, Capital One
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The days of writing software and throwing it over the proverbial wall to operations and production support teams are over. It’s time we, as software development teams, become more accountable and take pride and ownership in what we do. The results will be better transparency, more autonomy, and reduced risk (among other things). Join Sean and Suresh as they walk through how Capital One tackled one particular project by leveraging DevOps and forming their "you build it, you own it" principles. You'll gain a better understanding of how to improve quality within your agile teams and how to...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW22 Shifting Security Left: The Innovation of DevSecOps Preview
Tom Stiehm, Coveros, Inc.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

DevSecOps uses application security practices that have existed for a while. The innovation of DevSecOps is incorporating security into the daily workflow of the team rather than leaving it to the end, shifting security left by automating aspects of security testing. DevSecOps leverages DevOps practices to make application security a first-class citizen in the practices of modern software development. But that requires a culture change: DevSecOps starts before the code is even written, using techniques like threat modeling and risk analysis to figure out who will attack you and how. Come...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW23 Wage Your Bets: Microservice, Monolith, or Serverless Preview
Michelle Hodges, Red Ventures
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Microservice, Monolith, and Serverless are some of the three architectural styles that have recently gained popularity. Some engineers swear one over the other, but in reality, there is no black and white: there are advantages and disadvantages, depending on each use case. For example, if the flow of your services are dependent on another and each service doesn’t need to scale independently, is it worth increasing the development power it needs to maintain infrastructure? In this talk, Michelle Hodges will provide the pros and cons of going one way versus another, providing real life...Read more

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Concurrent Session AW24 DevOps Panel: Compliance While Moving Faster Preview
Helen Beal, Ranger4, Guy Herbert, Atlassian, Brittany Greenfield, Wabbi Inc
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Do you want to move at the speed of DevOps, but need to show compliance to your organization, a governing body, or through regulation? Are you already struggling with compliance and want to know how DevOps could help? Come listen to our panelists as they answer questions about compliance and security in DevOps without slowing down. This panel is looking to answer your questions about all things Compliance, so be ready to participate.Read more

Visit the Expo—3:30pm–6:30pm
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Networking Break in the Expo—4:00pm–4:30pm
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Keynote K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes Preview
Nine Incredible Speakers, Lightning Keynotes
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Lightning Talks consist of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. Some of the best-known experts will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.Read more

Expo Reception & Passport Game Prize Drawings—5:30pm–6:30pm
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 7

Morning Yoga / Morning Run—6:45am–7:30am
6:45 am to 7:30 am
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Networking Events— Lean Coffee (7:30am-8:30am) | Product Lab (All Day) | Couch Sessions (All Day) | Agile + DevOps Genius Bar (All Day)
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Registration Hours—8:00am–5:00pm
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Keynote K4 The Netflix Approach to Continuous Delivery Preview
Andrew Glover, Netflix
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Visit the Expo—09:30am–3:30pm
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—10:00am–11:00am
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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Concurrent Session AT1 A Festivus for Leadership Alignment Preview
Mary Thorn, Vaco
10:00 am to 11:00 am

One of the biggest problems facing organizations that are moving to an agile mindset is leadership alignment across the concepts, principles, and tactics. On the face of things, every leader says they understand agile and that they’re aligned. But saying it is one thing and being it is quite another. On top of that, it seems like feedback between the leaders has become nonexistent. Mary Thorn faces organizational misalignment nearly every day in agile coaching journeys. She has come up with an approach to detect, discuss, and realign organizations cross-functionally around their agile...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT2 Agile Actions for Facilitating Distributed Teams Preview
Mark Kilby, Sonatype
10:00 am

Facilitating distributed team meetings can feel like having one arm tied behind your back and one eye covered. But you can free yourself of these constraints using other agile practices. We struggle with meeting tools and keeping people engaged online, but what if we collaborate with our teams to get the most value out of meetings? If we leverage pairing, mobbing, and other practices, we can facilitate successful outcomes with our teams. Mark Kilby will describe a few distributed team patterns, explain how you can adapt the concepts of pairing and mobbing to help support your facilitation...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT3 KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying Up Those PBIs Preview
Julie Wyman, Excella
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to achieve the same effect in your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of old stories, bugs, and tasks? If so, join Julie Wyman to learn how to adapt the KonMari method to tidy up your product backlog. Julie will share a short quiz you can use to gauge the current state of your own backlog and walk through five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. She'll also share real-life examples, call out...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT4 Stabilizing Continuous Testing in DevOps Preview
Eran Kinsbruner, Perfecto
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Software testing lags behind the pace of features development and digital innovation. Despite recent advancements, testing remains one of the biggest challenges in DevOps. Research shows that DevOps teams have an average of less than 60 percent test automation coverage—and that’s a problem. To scale DevOps and agile and realign the entire software release cycle, Eran Kinsbruner believes there needs to be a better solution. To increase test automation coverage, teams need to match software testing deliveries with the right testing tools, skill sets, and personas. Eran will explain...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT5 The 7 Deadly Sins of DevOps Preview
Larry Maccherone, Comcast
10:00 am to 11:00 am

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...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT6 The Psychology of Chaos Engineering Preview
Matty Stratton, PagerDuty
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Chaos engineering, failure injection, and similar practices have verified benefits to the resilience of systems and infrastructure. But can they provide similar resilience to teams and people? What are the effects and impacts on the humans involved in the systems? This talk will delve into both positive and negative outcomes for all the groups of people involved, including users, engineers, product owners, and business owners. Using case studies from organizations where chaos engineering has been implemented, Matty Stratton will explore the changes in attitude that these practices create,...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT7 Changing Tires on a Moving Car: A Journey to Zero-Downtime Deployments Preview
Pierre Vincent, Poppulo
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Applications built over the years carry historical design assumptions, such as that a few hours of downtime for maintenance upgrades every six months is acceptable. Today, embracing continuous delivery practices means more frequent releases, which means more downtime. This is the problem Poppulo faced and successfully overcame, going from monthly deployments with a couple of hours of downtime to zero-downtime deployments on demand. Pierre Vincent will show that by mapping out a deployment process, it becomes possible to progressively reduce its impact on users. He will also give practical...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT8 Fishbowl: Liberating Structures Preview
Ryan Ripley, Independent Consultant
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Liberating structures offer a revolutionary solution to collaboration in groups by using a handful of simple rules to unleash and involve everyone, enabling groups of any size to work at the top of their intelligence. Discuss them with peers and experts in this fishbowl discussion, where the audience members sit in a circle of chairs in the middle of the room. Several brave souls will fill all but one of the chairs in the "fishbowl." When you want to join as a speaker, you enter the fishbowl and sit in the empty chair, and one of the other speakers will voluntarily leave so that one chair...Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP5 Maximize Performance Test Coverage with Browser-Based Load Testing Preview
Keshav Vasudevan, SmartBear
10:00 am to 11:00 am

In this talk, attendees will learn how: · Teams are incorporating performance testing of their UI components within an agile workflow · To use Pareto principle to identify the scenarios that yield highest value for end users · To increase test coverage and incorporate performance testing into your agile testing workflow using browser-based scripting and load testing engines The methods shown above could help save anywhere from 20- 60% of effort scripting and modeling scenarios.Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP6 Getting started with an AI First Strategy that plugs into your DevOps Pipeline Preview
Jennifer Bonine, PinkLion AI, Mike Procopio, Google
10:00 am to 11:00 am
How to start using AI Where AI can be applied to software development Benefits of an AI first approach Practice with AI on your mobile app or websiteRead more
Networking Break in the Expo—11:00am–11:30am
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session AT9 The Evolving Role of Manager in an Agile Environment Preview
Bharat Nagpal, Capital One
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

As teams become agile, are managers still relevant? Companies adopting agile are faced with many challenges, not the least of which is redefining some of the traditional roles. Bharat Nagpal will share his views on how the role of people manager needs to evolve as teams move toward agile. The concepts he presents will equally benefit new as well as seasoned agilists and managers. The session will start off by defining the role of people manager, then we'll discuss new practices that a people manager needs to learn as their teams adopt agile, as well as provide real-world examples of how...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT10 Agile Assessment: Helpful Remedy or Harmful Toxin? Preview
Dan Neumann, AgileThought
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Agile is a set of values and a mindset. As such, it can be hard to answer questions that leaders often ask, like: How agile are we? Are we getting more agile? What are the growth opportunities for our team? Many organizations use assessments to determine their level of agility. Dan Neumann will introduce several assessment approaches and tools that, like medicine, can be toxic when used incorrectly. We will explore the merits, potential uses, and possible downsides of each approach. Dan will help you understand more about your options for framing an assessment that fits your needs...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT11 Continuous Deployment for 'Mature' Codebases Preview
Melissa Benua, mParticle
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

When starting up a greenfield project, it’s easy to take advantage of the most modern development practices. But what about the rest of us, who are working on codebases greater than five minutes old? How do you take code that’s four years and hundreds of thousands of SLOC, and turn that into a lean, mean, continuous-deploying machine? In this talk, Melissa Benua will walk through what continuous integration and deployment means for teams working on mature code bases, and what the roadmap looks like to get from a release cycle that may take weeks or months to one that deploys on-demand....Read more

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Concurrent Session AT12 Legacy Code and Testing: Let's Energize It! Preview
Leslie Lowman, AvidXchange
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Do you want to apply test automation to decade-old spaghetti code but aren't sure where to start? Many teams talk about needing automated tests in order to deliver faster, better quality but don't know just how to get there. Their code was created without a lot of the tools we have today or may have automation that centers on slow, record-and-playback methods. Join Leslie Lowman for an in-depth look at examples of this situation. She'll give some prerequisites, like instituting a solid testing model that focuses on automation, and show how to apply the testing model to older code...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT13 DevOps without Measurement Is a Fail Preview
Tori Wieldt, New Relic
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The primary goal of DevOps is to provide velocity and quality through improved collaboration. However, without a tailored measurement framework to direct efforts to the problems that matter to the customer and the business, these goals are meaningless. DevOps teams must outline relevant KPIs to measure the impact of their efforts. While keeping the end goal of a DevOps transformation in mind, it’s important to have a canonical source for the relevant metrics that is visible and understandable to all stakeholders. Focusing on success metrics empowers organizations to determine if...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT14 Effective Test Automation in DevOps Preview
Lee Barnes, Utopia Solutions
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The ultimate objective of a DevOps approach is to deliver quality products to your customers as efficiently as possible. DevOps shops that achieved this state point to continuous testing as a key contributor to their success. However, QA and testing have become forgotten along the DevOps journey of many organizations. For groups that have incorporated testing, many have a release cadence that resembles something more like waterfall. The culprit is often the inability to incorporate stable automation into their testing practices. Lee Barnes will discuss how organizations can...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT15 A Fool with a Tool: The Dangers of Ignoring Culture by Overfocusing on Tools Preview
Tim Guay, AgileWorks
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Many organizations ignore culture and overfocus on picking and implementing the right tools. However, these tools have underlying cultural assumptions. If the current culture does not support these assumptions, then automation will only have limited success, or even fail altogether. So how do you address this problem? By recognizing that overfocusing on tools is a problem in the first place. Start by understanding the cultural assumptions supporting the optimum use of the tools, as well as how your organization measures up in relation to high-performing organizations. Finally,...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT16 A DevOps Fireside Chat with Andy Glover Preview
Owen Gotimer, TechWell
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

You've got DevOps questions, and we've got Andy Glover to answer them for you. He won't really be sitting by the fire, but he will be on hand to talk about all things DevOps. From his experiences building the Spinnaker continuous delivery platform to writing the open-source BDD framework easyb, Andy wants to talk about the things that worry you or thrill you about DevOps. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.Read more

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Industry Technical Presentation ITP7 Continuous Testing Made Awesome with Sauce Labs Preview
James Scurry, Sauce Labs
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Overview of how to run your automated Selenium tests in the Sauce Labs cloud Decrease the amount of time it takes your suite to run by executing tests in parallel Ensure your apps work all of the time with functional testing on real devices

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Lunch in the Expo 12:30pm-1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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Bonus Session B1 Agile+DevOps Feud! Preview
Owen Gotimer, TechWell
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for a game of Agile+DevOps Feud, where two teams of thought leaders compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions to win bragging rights and to share their experiences. Questions and voting will be in the TechWell Hub leading up to the conference, where community members will name their greatest concerns, best practices, etc. Our two teams of panelists, will do their best to guess the community’s viewpoint, and the winning team will get to explain how they deal with those concerns. Our panelists are competing...Read more

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Keynote K5 Deception and Estimation: How We Fool Ourselves Preview
Linda Rising, Independent
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Networking Break in the Expo—3:00pm–3:30pm • Closes at 3:30pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—3:30pm–4:30pm
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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Concurrent Session AT17 Transforming a Team of Agile Skeptics into Agilists Preview
Scott Weiner, NeuEon
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Teams can hesitate to adopt agile practices, even when there’s a clear desire for transformation at the executive level. But there are strategies for coaching agile-skeptical teams into an agile mindset. Scott Weiner will detail an approach in depth, including working with leadership to create transparency and space for the team to experiment and learn, adopting a retrospective process and using it as an engine for change, educating the team on agile’s value while focusing on a small set of goals, and building trust and shared understanding by problem-solving collaboratively. We’ll discuss...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT18 Using Lean XP to Supercharge Your Agile Delivery Preview
Jim Collins, CUNA Mutual Group, Amanda Palovcsik, CUNA Mutual Group
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Most teams that do agile development start with Scrum. And why not? Scrum is a proven method for focusing your team, ensuring that work adds value, and minimizing the risk with release. Then, after awhile, Scrum becomes stagnant. There are no more speed increases, and the team focuses more on ceremonies than delivery. At this point, Extreme Programming (XP), and Lean XP in particular, is the next step in agile maturity. Lean XP means developing software at the last possible moment ("just-in-time development") using one-week sprints, test driven development, pairing at all levels,...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT19 Build a Healthy Product Backlog with User Story Mapping Preview
Bala Lakshminarayan, Leading Financial Services Company
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Successful agile software development depends on a healthy product backlog. Too often, teams attempting to adopt an agile methodology for a project with a new product owner struggle in their transition due to a sparse product backlog. Bala Lakshminarayan will show how user story mapping can let a product owner quickly build a product backlog for the team, leveraging the subject matter experts in the organization from development, QA, UX and design, product management, sales, and marketing. Bala will thoroughly explain user story mapping and personas through a hands-on workshop...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT20 What's Next for QA? Preview
Derek Zell, Criteo
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

In today’s ever-evolving world of technology, how can QA teams continue to show value? QA isn't going away, but it is evolving again, and it's primed to continue to add value to companies that are willing to change. Derek Zell will outline how traditional compartmentalized roles are becoming a thing of the past and how to position your team (and yourself) to be an integral part of the latest technical evolution. He will cover what these new roles and functions could be, ways to evolve and grow as a tester, and how to pivot within a given skill set, all using real-world examples and case...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT21 How DevOps and Agile Fit with Compliance Obligations Preview
Guy Herbert, Atlassian
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

DevOps and agile are designed to help you be adaptable and move quickly. But meeting your compliance obligations tends to slow you down and make processes rigid. However, by using key components of agile and DevOps and approaching compliance obligations from a different angle, you can meet your obligations while being adaptable. Guy Herbert will show examples of how his company structures their CI/CD processes to include compliance and how they have changed their compliance approach to be able to better meet the needs of the DevOps teams. Guy will also discuss the cultural implications of...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT22 So You’re Using Docker. Now What? Preview
Ryan Kenney
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

These days everyone wants to containerize their application, but not everyone understands the best way to go about it. You need a tool to manage your containers, you need tools for image security scanning, you need to completely rethink how your application fits into its deployment environment, and most importantly you need to make sure you’re following good DevSecOps practices. Join Ryan Kenney as he discusses how he has addressed these concerns, among others, for various clients. Ryan will discuss options for container orchestration tools like Kubernetes and its competitors. Then, he...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT23 5 Steps to a DevOps Transformation Preview
Dan Barker, RSA Security
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

For any continuously improving organization, certain actions are commonly applicable when going through large amounts of change. Dan Barker walks through the five steps to transformational change that he's found to be crucial for moving to DevOps processes: establish the vision; create shared experiences; educate, educate, educate; find evangelists; and get feedback. Dan will elaborate on each item with methods he's used in real transformations at multiple companies. He'll also describe how these all tie into the DevOps culture, which is really what is being transformed in the company. You...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT24 We Inflicted DevOps on Our Business—Now What? Preview
Allison Pollard, Improving, Barry Forrest, Improving in Dallas
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

It seems that everyone is aflutter with DevOps, the shiny new panacea for all of our software ailments. What technical goodness can DevOps bestow upon us? What riddles does it unlock for us as technologists? How do business goals align in order to wring the true value from DevOps? Delivering value faster is a desire of many business and IT leaders, and it often looks like a win-lose proposition to achieve it. Metrics and edicts seem to have competing interests, like the car racer being told to both "go faster" and "save fuel." Barry Forrest and Allison Pollard will share their experiences...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—4:45pm–5:45pm
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm
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Concurrent Session AT25 Maximizing Agile Benefits through Understanding Learning Styles Preview
Robin Foster, Coveros
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

The Agile Manifesto says we value people and interactions over processes and tools. Yet when we talk about the agile methods, we usually end up talking about processes. Agilists use timeboxing as a forcing function to draw out resolutions and decisions. What if we just needed a better way to describe our needs and issues? What if we could actually be more effective with our communication? Join Robin Foster as he explores the relationships between learning, memory, communication, teaching, and the agile framework. Discover the cognitive science behind the process of learning new...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT26 Agile Metrics: Let NUM8ERS Tell the Story Preview
Jagdish Karira, Ciber Global, LLC
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

Agile and DevOps metrics and dashboards enable agile teams and their leaders to measure time to market, quality, productivity, predictability, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction. But the key focus of these metrics should be on the value delivered to customers. Instead of measuring what or how much we are doing, we have to look beyond vanity metrics and measure actionable metrics. Jagdish Karira will provide a practical approach for collecting metrics that enable transparency and help product teams transform their processes. He'll describe twelve metrics in detail, with...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT27 The Inner Game of User Stories Preview
Cory Bryan, Taiju Consulting LLC
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

When agile teams are working, the all-important stories stay on the wall (or, worse, in a tool). They sometimes get seen, touched, and loved only once a day. Why are the stories not the focus of the work? Why do we take our eye off the ball and allow distractions to take over? Is there something more important than value? Inspired by the book The Inner Game of Tennis and the impact it's had on athletes' mindset for more than forty years, we'll look at some ideas for getting out of your own way so you can let the best story emerge and focus on what is really important. Join Cory Bryan to...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT28 Contract Testing with Pact: A Different Approach Preview
Mihail Mikulaninec, MOO
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

With the microservice architecture evolving and becoming a golden standard, the necessity of testing the contracts between services appears to be more and more obvious. One of the most interesting solutions here is the Pact tool, which helps with testing and verifying the API contracts in a CI/CD manner and opens up a lot of interesting possibilities. However, the devil is always in the details: the implementation. We need to configure the Pact mock servers, but similar configurations are often needed across all the different parts of testing, from the verification of the providers to end-...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT29 Feature Flagging: Proven Patterns for Control and Observability in Continuous Delivery Preview
Dave Karow, Split
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

Are you moving faster than fast? Congrats! Chances are you already use feature flags to decouple code deployments from feature rollouts. Whether you use a roll-your-own feature-flagging solution (with a few quirks) or a feature-flags-as-a-service solution, hopefully you post feature flag rollout changes to something like Datadog so that when a flag rollout lines up with an obvious spike, you know whom to have a talk with. It's a solid start, but that’s just the basics. What do data-driven CD ninjas do? They build in observability to every feature release, so when they push a...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT30 AWS Lambda: Best Practices and Common Mistakes Preview
Derek Ashmore, Asperitas Consulting
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

AWS Lambda is a serverless architecture that relieves you of hardware and scaling setup concerns. AWS Lambda functions are used by many organizations for serverless application development and automating DevOps tasks. But many teams start using AWS Lambdas and uncover problems such as running into resource limits, debugging nested lambda defects, managing code change across dozens of AWS accounts, and many more. Derek Ashmore will provide tips and tricks to make your AWS Lambda functions usable in different contexts and easier to develop and support. He will show you how to mitigate common...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT31 Agile and DevOps Transformation in the Telecom Industry Preview
Nilanjana Banerjee, T-Mobile
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

The telecom industry changes rapidly, the competition is fierce, and user experience is the utmost priority. In today's world of digitization and data personalization, effective use of agility and DevOps is the key behind ensuring customer satisfaction. Flawless delivery, optimized time to market, and enhanced customer usability form the backbone of IT to ensure the success of frontline teams in the business. The methodologies adopted in product and feature delivery, the agility adopted in delivering offers and promotions to the customer base, and the steps adopted in ensuring...Read more

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Concurrent Session AT32 Town Hall: Challenges and Solutions in Cross-Team Collaboration Preview
Jaimee Newberry, Picture This Clothing
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

Working with other teams can be tough. There are different goals, different incentives, and different reporting structures. You might be trying to save time, they might be interested in saving money, and another team is looking to optimize resources. One department manager might be open to working with others but another is too busy to deal with “other people’s problems right now.” Whatever the challenge, team-to-team, person-to-person, employee-to-manager, manager-to-employee, etc., come talk to Jaimee Newberry about it! Her strength with big companies/employees/leaders/teams tends to be...Read more

Agile Leadership Summit Reception 5:45pm-6:45pm (Summit Registration Required)
5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Friday, November 8

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Hours—7:30am–3:00pm
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
DevSecOps Summit (Summit Registration Required) 8:30am–3:45pm
8:30 am to 3:45 pm
Agile Leadership Summit (Summit Registration Required) 8:30am–4:30pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks—8:30am–8:45am
8:30 am to 8:45 am
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Agile Leadership Summit
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday, November 7 • 5:30pm–6:30pm and Friday, November 8 • 8:30am–3:30pm

The business world is changing faster than ever. Dynamic global markets are forcing organizations to continuously transform to stay ahead. But internal and external forces provide both opportunities and challenges for leaders. Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced business leaders share their lessons learned while leading change. Learn about best practices and pitfalls from those that have done it successfully before.

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DevSecOps Summit
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, November 8, 2019 • 8:30am-3:45pm

Why is learning about DevSecOps vital to you and your role? In the past few years, security integration within the DevOps pipeline has given rise to the idea of DevSecOps. Once seen as the bottleneck and inhibitor of the development and deployment process, security has become an integral part of the movement towards automation and the removal of manual oversight enforcement. As stated in the DevSecOps Manifesto, “We must adapt our ways to ensure data security and privacy issues are not left behind because we were...Read more

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DevSecOps Summit Session DS2 Shifting Security Left: Where to Start Preview
Chris Wysopal, Veracode
8:45 am to 9:30 am

Equipped with this guidance you can begin to make the changes that will transform application security into a responsibility that is shared by development and security and that continues once applications are in production and operation. By shifting security left, you unburden your security team, empower your developers to write better code…Read more

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Leadership Summit Session SMT1 From Startup to Netflix: Leadership Lessons Learned Preview
Andrew Glover, Netflix
8:45 am to 9:45 am

While leadership styles may change when moving from a startup to a Fortune 500 company, leadership practices do not! Join Andrew Glover as he discusses his DevOps leadership journey, starting with his own company and ending at Netflix. Learn what works and what doesn’t from someone with hands-on, practical experience leading Agile and DevOps initiatives and teams. Hear Andrew’s lessons learned and how to overcome leadership obstacles during change. Take home valuable tips for leading Agile and DevOps change within your organization.Read more

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DevSecOps Summit Session DS3 Rome Wasn't Built in a Day...and Neither is Your DevSecOps Preview
Brittany Greenfield, Wabbi Inc
9:30 am to 10:00 am

DevSecOps is about more than just the tools – it is an organizational, operational, and strategic transformation. So, as a “thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance” across the three main pillars of an organization, how can we expect a DevSecOps transformation to take place overnight? Taking lessons from process transformations throughout history, attendees will learn how to evaluate their current DevSecOps maturity and understand the key tools and processes that will help their organization ascend the DevSecOps maturity curve, through achievable milestones and stages.Read more

Networking Break—9:45am–10:00am
9:45 am to 10:00 am
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DevSecOps Summit Session DS1 Building Trust Between Security and Development to Accomplish Culture Change Preview
Larry Maccherone, Comcast
10:00 am to 10:30 am

DevSecOps empowers engineering teams to take ownership of how their product behaves in production, including security aspects. The primary goal of a DevSecOps initiative is to get development teams to shift their mindset and adopt security practices in their daily activities. However, this can only happen with healthy collaboration and mutual trust between development and security teams. Larry Maccherone can show you how. Larry will discuss how to effectively build trust between developers and security personnel to facilitate a successful DevSecOps program. He will present a proven "Trust...Read more

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Leadership Summit Session SMT2 Decoding Culture: How Culture Can Improve Performance and Increase Joy Preview
Jeff Gallimore, Excella
10:00 am to 11:00 am

We’ve all heard culture is vital to creating and sustaining a healthy organization. It was even Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year in 2014! We also know culture is notoriously hard to describe in a meaningful way. Even harder than describing culture is demonstrating its contribution to organizational performance. We know culture is important. But for all its importance, we’ve had few tools and limited research to describe or quantify culture. Join Jeff Gallimore as he explores the critical aspects of culture and discusses how a strong culture can improve corporate performance while keeping...Read more

Networking Break—11:00am–11:15am
11:00 am to 11:15 am
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DevSecOps Summit Session DS5 Panel Discussion: Effective Integration of Tooling into DevOps Preview
Tom Stiehm, Coveros, Inc.
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Integrating security tools into a DevOps pipeline is about more than just dropping them into a test environment. It’s about putting them where the business return is greatest. Where fast feedback can be gathered. Picking the right tools for the job. Join DevSecOps experts as they discuss and debate the merits of SAST, DAST, IAST, and RAST tools for your pipeline. Learn about the pros and cons of each type of security testing and how to choose the right tools for your needs. Hear how various organizations have gotten started with DevSecOps tooling and learn tips and trick for implementing...Read more

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Leadership Summit Session SMT3 Think Tank Discussion Part I: Problem Definitions Preview
Jeffery Payne, Coveros
11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect you most. Using answers to the question “As a Leader, What is Keeping You Up at Night?” posed at Thursday’s evening reception, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues, barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration.Read more

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DevSecOps Summit Session DS3 Taking DevSecOps To The Next Level - Cutting Edge Tools for your Pipeline Preview
Jeff Williams, Contrast Security
12:45 pm to 1:30 pm

DevSecOps is so much more than forcing developers to use legacy scanning tools. In this talk, we will discuss a continuous, effective, and scalable DevSecOps pipeline using free cutting-edge tools. We'll discuss and show IAST (Interactive Application Security Testing) to accurately pinpoint vulnerabilities in both custom code and libraries in real time without scanning. We'll discuss and show RASP (Runtime Application Self-Protection) in production to gain visbility into application attaches and to prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited. And we'll discuss how to integrate the results...Read more

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Leadership Summit Session SMT4 Think Tank Discussion Part II: Leadership Solutions Preview
Jeffery Payne, Coveros
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Based upon the problem definitions developed during Part I of the Think Tank, small groups will brainstorm on how to best solve these challenges, leveraging the collective wisdom of peers and Summit speakers. Each group will designate a representative to present its results and practice delivery.Read more

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DevSecOps Summit Session DS7 A Practical Approach to Building Security In Preview
Gene Gotimer, Coveros, Inc.
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

The release date is a week away. Development is complete. The code works, and everything looks good. Marketing is ready with the media blitz. Our customers are waiting to get their hands on the new features and are sure to give us good feedback. The only step left is to get the security group to scan the application and give us the approval to release. Cross your fingers- let’s hope we get the green light! Otherwise, I don’t know what we are going to do. DevOps, and more importantly, DevSecOps, promises to do away with rolling the dice at the end and hoping we are allowed to release what...Read more

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Leadership Summit Session SMT5 Think Tank Discussion Part III: Presentation of Results Preview
Jeffery Payne, Coveros
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small group representatives will each be given five minutes to present their leadership solutions. Summit participants will vote on which group produced the best solutions.Read more
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DevSecOps Summit Session DS8 The Hammer, the Carrot & the Olive Branch: Ways Security Makes Wins... And Friends with Devs Preview
Julie Tsai
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

DevSecOps can be a beacon of hope. Rather than engaging in seemingly futile battles, there are paths to achieving unified wins for devs, ops, compliance—and security. But different situations call for different tools—both technical and social. Join Julie Tsai as she provides realistic examples of things that may have (or not) worked. Mileage may vary.Read more

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DevSecOps Summit Session DS9 Panel Discussion: Getting Development and Security To Work Together Preview
Tom Stiehm, Coveros, Inc.
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

DevSecOps is all about getting security teams, practices, processes, and tooling integrated into your DevOps process but often getting a cross-functional team that includes security in place is difficult. Join DevSecOps practitioners in exploring the best ways to get security groups and personnel involved in day-to-day DevOps teams. Learn what role security personnel play in Sprint activities and how to remove compliance from being an end-of-lifecycle hurdle. Hear how leading organizations successfully shift security left and tips and tricks for getting started.Read more