Conference archive

Agile Dev West 2016 - DevOps

Sunday, June 5

Integrating Test with a DevOps Approach (2–Day)

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 8:30am to Monday, June 6, 2016 - 5:00pm

Monday, June 6

Bob Aiello
CM Best Practices Consulting

Configuration Management: Robust Practices for Fast Delivery

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Robust configuration management (CM) practices are critical for creating continuous application build, package and deployment to support agile’s integration and testing demands, and for rapidly packaging, releasing, and deploying applications into production. Classic CM—identifying system components, controlling changes, reporting the system’s configuration, and auditing—won’t do the trick anymore. Bob Aiello presents an in-depth tour of a more robust and powerful approach to CM consisting of six key functions: source code management, build engineering, environment management, change...

Alan Page

A/B Testing: Improvements through Continuous Experimentation

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

“The goal of a lean startup is to learn what is valuable to a customer” (Eric Ries, The Lean Startup). Do you know what is valuable to your customers? Can you measure which improvements result in more engagement, more sales, or more long-term use of your product? A/B testing―or experimentation―is one way for software teams to learn more about how customers use software, and which changes drive customer engagement and satisfaction. In this fun and interactive tutorial, Alan Page begins with the basics of experimentation, including everything you need to build a minimal...

Tuesday, June 7

Bob Aiello
CM Best Practices Consulting

Continuous Delivery: Rapid and Reliable Releases with DevOps

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

DevOps is an emerging set of principles, methods, and practices that enables the rapid deployment of software systems. DevOps focuses on lowering barriers between development, testing, security, and operations in support of rapid iterative development and deployment. Many organizations struggle when implementing DevOps because of its inherent technical, process, and cultural challenges. Bob Aiello shares DevOps best practices, starting with its role early in the application lifecycle and bridging the gap with testing, security, and operations. Bob explains how to implement DevOps using...

Jared Richardson
Agile Artisans

Continuous Testing to Drive Continuous Integration and Deployment

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Continuous integration and continuous testing are two vital agile feedback loops that lead to a continuous deployment environment. Continuous integration processes monitor source code―recompiling after every change, running smaller tests, and notifying the developer if anything goes wrong. Continuous testing (and potentially continuous deployment) monitors integration builds, installs the product in a staging environment, and runs integration tests, again looking for problems. Jared Richardson explains the ideas and the tools needed to implement both continuous integration and continuous...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

What DevOps Means for Testers: Tips for Getting Testers Involved

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

DevOps is more than a buzzword or passing fad. It's a radically new approach to rapidly delivering 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...

Wednesday, June 8

Jez Humble
Jez Humble & Associates LLC

DevOps and the Culture of High-Performing Software Organizations

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

The DevOps movement emphasizes the importance of culture in creating high-performing teams. However, often perceived to be subjective and intractable, culture is often neglected in favor of more concrete drivers such as tools and processes. And this is a major failure mode in organizations attempting to achieve substantially improved performance through implementing agile and DevOps. Jez Humble takes a practical, data-driven approach to culture, illustrated with examples from large, successful enterprises. Learn how to measure culture and examine what a generative, high-performance culture...

Jonah Stiennon
Sauce Labs

DevOps Is More than Just Dev and Ops: Don’t Forget Testing

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

What exactly is DevOps? It’s not just Dev, and it’s not just Ops. In fact, successful DevOps implementations meld development and operations activities with agile practices and a strong dose of automated testing. Organizations cannot afford to wait for a manual testing process to do the job. Developers need fast feedback loops, and managers need agile organizations. Join Jonah Stiennon as he discusses the importance of agile and testing in DevOps. Jonah introduces practical ways engineering departments can shorten the iteration cycle between Dev and Test. Automating the repetitive parts of...

Melissa Benua

Continuous Integration as a Development Team’s Way of Life

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Continuous integration (CI) is a buzzword in software development today. We know it means “run lots of builds,” but having a continuous integration pipeline opens up opportunities well beyond making sure your team's code compiles. What if this pipeline could improve everything from the quality of code reviews to how often and safely you deploy to production and how you monitor your product in the wild? What if CI could provide insights into how automated tests are performing and how to improve them? Melissa Benua describes how to set up a basic CI infrastructure and then transform it into...

Bob Aiello
CM Best Practices Consulting

Using DevOps to Drive the Agile ALM

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Many organizations struggle to implement sustainable processes to drive their software and systems development work. This leaves their technology managers and teams to use whatever worked for them on the last project, often resulting in a lack of integration and poor communication and collaboration across the organization. Based on his new book Agile Application Lifecycle Management: Using DevOps to Drive Process Improvement, Bob Aiello explores how to use DevOps principles and practices to drive the entire application lifecycle management process including establishing agile...

Jody Bailey

DevOps Is Only Half the Story to Delivering Winning Products

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Before the DevOps approach gained serious traction, development and operations largely worked in isolation and sometimes in opposition. As a community, we are starting to make strides in integrating these two practices to deliver products with more efficient systems and processes. However, the mission is only half complete if all you do is implement continuous integration and continuous delivery within an automated pipeline. Just as important is how to ensure you’re delivering the best possible product. Jody Bailey explains that the key to creating products that delight customers is to...

Thursday, June 9


Docker Containers in the Enterprise DevOps Journey

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

As technology moves from being a cost-center to a revenue generator in nearly every business, technologists are expected to deliver more with fewer resources. DevOps enables this efficiency through improved collaboration between product management, development, release management, quality assurance, information security, and operations. However, Aater Suleman says that the challenge of incorporating DevOps into a business is no small task. Improving this collaboration requires cross-functional technologies that benefit all departments. By this definition, Docker may well be the most...

Ben Vining
Electronic Arts

A Case Study in Metrics-Driven DevOps

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

It seems impossible for a DevOps team to even attempt planning its work. The team deals with customers’ never-ending requests and constantly-changing priorities. And don’t forget those unfriendly infrastructure errors that always seem to show up at the worst possible time. Best to live day-by-day and try to keep our heads above water, right? Maybe not. Through a case study of a department that helps make great Electronic Arts games, Ben Vining illustrates how a metrics-driven DevOps team can become reliable, responsive, and predictable—with happy staff and delighted customers. Ben details...

John Martinez

Developing a Rugged DevOps Approach to Cloud Security

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Your operational tools deliver continuous monitoring and alerting for applications deployed in the cloud. So why doesn’t your security suite do the same? Although no single path to a secure DevOps approach works for every organization, Tim Prendergast offers a set of key principles and techniques that have distinct advantages for delivering safe and secure products in the cloud. Security can no longer be thought of as a separate step in a product’s launch and must be integrated into the overall processes of continuous development and deployment. Implementing continuous security monitoring...

Edith Harbaugh

Use Feature Flags for Clean Deployments

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Software teams want to move faster and deliver features to end users sooner. Continuous delivery and DevOps promise to deploy quickly. However, pushing faster and deploying more often increase the risk of breaking—and subsequent downtime. Edith Harbaugh finds that a feature flagging system of gating features—and being able to quickly turn them on or off—enables development teams to ship more frequently. With feature flags, engineering changes are pushed live to production “off” and then turned on for different users. Feature flags allow developers to separate deployment from rollout,...

Anshul Sharma
Emmi Solutions

Move Your Selenium Testing to the Cloud

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

What is the most challenging aspect of running automation tests? Anshul Sharma believes it is covering multiple browsers and cross-device testing combined with faster execution of tests. One way to do this is parallel execution of tests concurrently over a Selenium Grid, but that comes with a substantial burden of managing and maintaining the platforms and browsers. Now that cloud-computing resources are available and affordable, an alternative is leveraging the cloud. Moving to the cloud makes tests easier and faster to run for several reasons. First, no installing/upgrading the browser...

SmartBear Software

Where Is Test in DevOps?

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As organizations try to meet faster delivery schedules and improve collaboration between development and operations, DevOps has become a hot topic. So, where does testing fit into a DevOps strategy? By narrowly focusing on just Dev and Ops, the term DevOps itself ends up missing testing. Nikhil Kaul gives an overview of recent trends in DevOps, specifically changes that have taken place in the testing industry in the past year. Nikhil explores why testing is becoming more important than ever before. With Apple, Google, and Microsoft making it easier for Dev and Ops to build and deploy...