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Agile + DevOps Virtual 2020 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to explore a variety of topics throughout the conference on Wednesday and Thursday in order to customize their learning experience. Learn both enterprise foundations and new methodologies to grow your skills, supercharge your knowledge, and re-energize your career growth.

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Wednesday, November 11

Solutech Consulting, LLC

Getting Application Developers Onboard the DevOps Train

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Exceptional businesses understand that frequent delivery cycles can be leveraged as a competitive advantage. This has been a primary driver in the evolution and importance of DevOps culture and processes. A group that often suffers from a lack of urgency in delivering more value more frequently is the people writing the code. It seems ironic as software developers often state that they are most satisfied when their code is being used. A healthy DevOps culture requires willing participants from all constituents. While one would think that development teams having a seat at the table...

Bob Galen

Culture-Shaping: An Agile Leadership Imperative

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

It’s largely a chicken & egg problem. Where does organizational culture come from? Does it grow organically from the bottom-up? Is it tied to organizational structure? Is it strongly tied to the culture that leaders are setting? While it comes from all of the above and more, Bob Galen asserts (and has observed in his coaching) that leaders play the most important role in culture-setting. But he doesn’t believe they really understand that responsibility, what it entails, and tactics for actively setting the culture. Thus, this workshop. We’ll start by exploring the dynamics of...

Brian Link photo

Obeya 大部屋 : A Systems Thinking Approach to Business Agility

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

We believe that executives must practice what they preach. If they want teams to be transparent and agile, they need to practice themselves and lead by example. This talk will share some Agile & Lean techniques, applied in a new way, to help organizations understand their constraints so they can transparently carry forward their journey to business agility. “Seeing the Whole” includes organizational design, customers, products, demand and applications. Your journey to business agility has to start where you are today, so gaining a deep understanding of your current state is critical to...


(E)mployee E(x)perience

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

“What’s on the inside shows up on the outside.” -Earl NightingaleAt the center of every company are the employees. As we move into 2020, an age dedicated to digital outlets that allow employees to have more potential places of work, companies need to move their focus on building sustainable employee structures to stay ahead of the competition. Adopting an agile mindset where individuals and interaction have more value over processes and tools, companies can create environments where continuous improvement is ingrained into the culture and not just something meant for software development....

Zsquare Solutions Inc

Are you ready for AI to take over your automation testing?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

We all know that Artificial Intelligence is here and here to stay. Most teams are wondering how to leverage AI for their automation. In this session, Lisette will cover a case study on how to successfully leverage Artificial Intelligence in your automation strategies. Attendees in this session will take away :- Determine if your automation strategy can leverage AI tool- Discuss the learning curve and mindset shift necessary for your QA team to embrace AI Tool- Discuss success case study of using AI tool as part of automation testing- Leverage AI tool in your CI/CD environment-...


DevOps From a Different Dataset: What 30M Workflows Reveal About High Performing Teams

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

What can we learn about DevOps best practices by looking at data from a SaaS with 800k dev users, 30K orgs and 30m+ builds a month, particularly when compared with surveys where users opt-in? Takeaways include: - Teams using CI are fast: 80% of all workflows finish in less than 10 minutes, compared to teams not using CI at all.- They stay in flow: With CI 50% of all recovery happens in under an hour, and 50% of orgs recovered in 1 try.- The average team using CI achieves high-performing results: 50% of orgs start six workflows per day across all of their projects, and at the highest end...


Investing in Quality to Increase Velocity: Leveraging Automated Testing to Speed Up the Software Development Lifecycle

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Everyone wants to develop software quickly, but there is a valid concern that increasing velocity may decrease quality. At Indeed, we set a company-wide goal to double velocity of our software development without hurting the quality of our releases. To accomplish this goal, we looked at each stage of the software development lifecycle and found which parts took the most time. Deployment and verification in our QA environment was one of the biggest bottlenecks and was due to our historic reliance on human quality assurance testing for each release. To alleviate this bottleneck, we wanted to...

Splunk, Inc.

The Lack of Feedback Loops kills DevOps

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

DevOps has created great application velocity for organizations, higher application quality, and automation. However most organizations are nelgecting one of the key tenants of DevOps which is continious improvment. Without learning from production incidents, and data organizations are not completing the DevOps cycle. By doing so there is a missed opportunity to use the information to further improve the product and processes, and the risk of DevOps being a short term practice. In this session we will:

1. Talk about the benefits of continuous improvement 2. Discuss what...

Judy Johnson
Onyx Point

Automation Justification

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

To many people, DevOps is solely about automation. Automation is a huge part of the DevOps process, but there are many other aspects to consider. I’ll be talking about how and why DevOps is important to me, and how automation is a part of each of our DevOps steps. We’ll discuss how automation becomes important to each workday by streamlining tasks and leaving time for the more important (and fun) work. We’ll go over why we automate, what we automate, and how we automate. We will have examples of some of the many tools and processes to simplify automation while noting how important choice...

K5Labs LLC

3 Disciplines for Leading a Distributed Agile Organization

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

How can you lead people you may never see in your distributed organization? Your personal operating system drives your leadership and guides your organization. While your distributed employees may rarely connect with you beyond a video screen, phone call or chat message, you can model a personal operating system that helps you and them navigate the complexities of a distributed agile organization. In this talk, we will explore three key disciplines composing your personal operating system for leadership: manage change through experimentation, amplify communication and collaboration, and...

Delta CX

Dev && UX: (Correctly) Integrating UX, Product Design, and Agile

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Software development methodologies often lack the details of how UX fits into projects. Some suggest that a Product Manager describing features is enough for developers, UX should train others to do their specialized jobs, or excluding UX experts solves them being “too siloed” and “not collaborative.” This happens with no other role in software dev; it’s hurting culture, efficiency, and productivity, and creating poor products for customers. Your customer only sees your UX, not 1000 developers or if you were Agile or Lean. Companies are figuring out that UX specialists and the User-...

Rachel Shumaker

How Psychological Safety Will Help Promote You and Your Team to the Next Level

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

In this piece, we will recognize the value of psychological safety as a crucial component for building great teams and even for our personal lives. We will bring together concepts from different thought leaders from around the world such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Tony Robbins' Six Needs of Human Nature, Tuckman’s Stages, Dr. Clark’s Four Stages of Psychological Safety, and Modern Agile theories. Then we will discuss tangible data proving how important these concepts are to achieve high performing teams. For the grand finale, we will perform guided activities so that you can apply...

Sysco Corporation

Faster and Smarter DevOps Testing Through an Enterprise Test Automation Architecture

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

At Sysco, we have crafted a unique test automation architecture that both supports and accelerates test automation. Enabling reusability, smarter and faster automation is accomplished in any context and the architecture is suitable in both DevOps and Agile settings. Sysco applies a test automation script for functional testing to nonfunctional tests, test data management, and test environment management demonstrating this reusability. Further, this component-based architecture supports both legacy and modern applications test automation.Key Take-Aways from this session will include:• How...

Coveros, Inc.

DevSecOps for Managers, Executives, and Mere Mortals

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

DevSecOps isn’t meant for just Gods and Unicorns, it is for mere mortals as well. One of the challenges we have in using Application Security practices is where to start, how to get value, i.e., be successful with initial efforts, and how to build on that success. The world is being driven more and more by network-connected applications and services that are constantly under attack from the curious and malicious. By simply adding steps to your pipeline, you can iteratively add AppSec practices to your process and dramatically increase the security of your software. Join Tom as he lays out...

Cosota Team LTD

Maximise the benefits of remote working with better Pull Requests

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

The demands of the modern workplace are changing. Trends like flexible hours, remote working, or “bleisure” travel are being introduced to give employees more work-life balance. Moreover, organisations that are capable of working remotely in an effective manner are more resilient to external shocks, like the recent Coronavirus outbreak showed us. In order to remain effective when workers aren’t in the same place at the same time, teams need to leverage coordination tools. For the case of developers, one of the most important of these tools is the Pull Request. Join Abraham to...

Jeff Williams
Contrast Security

DevSecOps Fireside Chat with Jeff Williams

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

You've got questions about DevSecOps, and we've got Jeff Williams 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 DevSecOps, development pipelines, breaking down silos in an organization, and digital transformations. And he wants to talk to you about your DevSecOps hopes, dreams, fears, and nightmares. Jeff Williams brings more than 20 years of security leadership experience as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Contrast Security. He recently authored the DZone DevSecOps RefCard and launched the Java Observability...

Ariel Illouz

17 Metrics to Accelerate Delivery Without Damaging Culture

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Some engineering managers confuse using data to make better decisions with using data to monitor and stack rank individual developers. I call this the "data-driven trap". Stack ranking is a culture killer but unfortunately lots of great dev leads with good intentions fall into this trap. It is possible to run a highly data-driven engineering organization without measuring a single individual performance statistic. We do it on my team today. In this session I share 17 team-based metrics we use to accelerate delivery, remove process friction and maintain positive team culture. Plus I explain...


Evolving from Projects to Products: The Product Leader’s Journey

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Product Leader is the link between the products we build and the culture of the organization building them. It's the foundation for operating in a digital economy. There is a shift happening. One that puts the user closer to the center of our work than ever before. We are moving away from the question "Are we building it right?" to asking "Are we building the right thing?" This approach isn't new - it's growing in response to the increasing speed and complexity of competing in today's marketplace. The future of business agility is creating a healthy ecosystem that provides space for...

Ariel Partners

Now You See It! Observing Flow Using Kanban Boards

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

“I didn’t know you could do that with Kanban!” This interactive workshop reveals how Kanban systems can help solve the governance and coordination problems that threaten large-scale initiatives. Too many strategic priorities chasing too few resources. Dependencies between teams. Delays due to lack of clear delineations of ownership and responsibility, and a crisp definition of ready. We will explore innovative new Kanban designs that can significantly simplify these difficult problems, ultimately resulting in better outcomes with less stress. We will start by reviewing Kanban board...

ASRC Federal

DevOps Culture – A Transformational Component for Rapid Value Delivery in the Government

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

For government agencies, value generally flows through layers from the agency itself to various contractors and vendors, and eventually into the hands of the users. For meeting agency missions in a timely manner, it is imperative we build a culture of shared responsibility based on the foundations of DevOps and Lean Agile Leadership to transform how we’ve traditionally delivered products, solutions and services. This cultural transformation fosters a “badge-less society” where value driven collaboration becomes the core for delivering faster and with higher quality. This culture...

Cubic Transportation Systems

Test Automation and Beyond: Implementing Continuous Testing Effectively

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Continuous testing is one of the most effective ways of building quality into the continuous delivery pipeline; yet it is difficult to implement in practice. Continuous testing involves more than test automation. Although test automation is a must; continuous risk analysis and optimizing the test suite is critical so that test automation doesn’t become a bottleneck in the continuous integration pipeline. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to implement an effective continuous test strategy throughout the continuous delivery pipeline. We’ll look at real life examples of what works...


Breaking Iron Triangle Thinking: A New Approach to Agile vs. Continuous Testing

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

An old adage in software development is: “Speed, quality, cost. Pick two.” In other words: if you want a higher quality product, you have to sacrifice speed, cost, or both. In this “iron triangle” decision-making philosophy, true improvement is not possible. But the fallacy of Iron Triangle thinking is believing that the parameters of these choices are fixed, limiting our potential for innovation. Engineering teams can break this thinking by structuring their improvement cycle not around trade-offs, but on continuous improvement. Typically, in the agile development approach, quality is...

Intel Corporation

The Recipe - Baking a diverse set of ingredients into a tasty integrated system

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Challenge: At Intel each of the various software and firmware teams had independent source code management and CI systems. Consequently the product system integration teams had no consistency from the ingredient software and firmware teams requiring manual over head during system integration. This presentation will discuss how we addressed this by creating a common recipe for the ingredient software and firmware teams to follow. It will discuss what tools from the industry we used (Git, Jenkins, Artifactory) and what tools we had to create (Web Portals, Build Scripts). It will also...

Jeff Williams
Contrast Security

Practical DevSecOps Using Security Instrumentation

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The traditional “outside in” scanning and firewalling approach to application security has failed. Vulnerability rates are still staggering, attacks are increasing in volume and severity, and security is disrupting software pipelines.  We need a new approach to security that doesn’t slow development or hamper innovation.  In this talk, we will show how you can ensure software security from the “inside out” by leveraging the power of software instrumentation. Unlike scanning and firewalling, this approach is fast, accurate, and scalable. Security observability also creates an environment...

Thursday, November 12


Before Disaster Strikes: Training DevOps Engineers for the Worst

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Picture this: you are startled awake in the middle of the night by a phone call from your supervisor. An emergency has occurred in production, and the only description is that a heavily trafficked site is down. You rush to a conference call with five of your colleagues to find that everyone has a different assessment about what the problem is and how to fix it. There’s no plan in place for this, and as the DevOps engineer, the decision and responsibility for fixing the problem is yours. There’s only time to try one of these methods; you have minutes, not hours, to find the issue and...


Let it Flow: From Frozen Middle to Agile Ninja

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Stuck in bureaucratic systems, middle managers have been unfairly dismissed as recalcitrant towards change in many quarters. On the contrary, research shows that 80% of change efforts initiated by middle managers succeed. As organizations scale up full bore to agile, where can middle managers – project managers and other leaders – best add value in a fast-moving, agile and entrepreneurial world? Leading companies have shifted from a project to a product operating model. Moving from agile teams to end-to-end value stream teams, they have achieved time-to-market accelerations and created...

AI Appstore, Inc.

Design Thinking for Agile Teams: Change Your Approach

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Design thinking is a human-centered process for creative problem-solving that focuses on the people you're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and processes. Utilizing the design thinking approach made popular by Amazon, Apple, and other large software companies, learn how to modify your whole agile strategy and approach around a technique that can speed your time to success and failure. Learn how to get to a proof of concept and prototyping sooner, for faster feedback from customers and buyers. This workshop will explore what the design thinking approach is and walk...

ClearlyAgile LLC

Measuring Success in DevOps Transformations

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

At the highest level, a successful DevOps implementation is meant to reduce the time between a developer’s commit to source control and that commit being available in a production environment, while maintaining quality. DevOps is a performance enhancer for Agile. While the measure of success for an Agile team is working product, the measure of a successful DevOps implementation is speed. Including DevOps in the process allows the team to deliver working product more often and with greater confidence. A team’s DevOps implementation should improve over time. There are several components to...


How to Select the Right Selenium Tools to Boost Your Test Automation

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Success in cross-browser test automation relies on many variables. Today’s reality forces practitioners within DevOps/Agile teams to join effort in assuring quality, removing risks, and releasing fast. To meet these goals, business testers, developers, and test automation engineers need to work together with the proper technology stack that matches their skillset. Join Perfecto’s Chief Evangelist and author, Eran Kinsbruner, in this session as he provides recommendations for high coverage, high reliability, and maintainability of cross-browser test automation. In this session, Eran will...

Melissa Benua

Observability - Inside and Out

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Observability is the gathering of information - metrics, logs, and traces - to determine the health of software systems. Of course this applies to production systems! Monitoring live services is the bread and butter of any DevOps organization. What about our internal systems - the ones that all engineering organizations require in order to ship software safely, swiftly, and securely? Can we apply observability principles to those systems? How can an organization ship code when the critical infrastructure to get bits from a developer's machine into the cloud have mysteriously vanished? When...

NTT Data
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

How automated governance tamed the data dragon at USCIS

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

At USCIS, we’ve set the standard for government agility with hundreds of daily deployments, rich SecDevOps practices and an increasingly data-driven culture. But it’s been a tough road, particularly for QA and change management. Presenter Ken Moser helped guide USCIS’s Delivery Assurance Branch from waterfall to agile governance, using data to governance policy uniquely focused on outcomes. We’ll detail how data on program performance and health powered a revolution at USCIS. We’ll identify which metrics proved useful at USCIS, what recurring challenges we found collecting data, and what...


DevOps Your Amazon Skills

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Since 2011 voice assistants have been entering our lives little by little. It wasn't until 2014 that Amazon created the Echo devices with its built-in assistant, Alexa. In 2018 they give us the opportunity for anyone to add functionality through skills, it means to be able to create voice based applications for the first time. Developing an Alexa skill can be a lot of fun, but nobody likes to find negative comments and reviews in order to begin to identify and correct bugs. Skills developers use tests and automation to minimize these risks. In this talk, I will talk about how to test your...

PPL Coach

Reimagining Careers for the Age of Accelerations

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

The rules of the game have changed! Studies indicate that by the year 2030, half of jobs will be ones that do no exist today and half the jobs of today will no longer exist. The volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity ushered in by this age of accelerations extends not just to our environment, politics, and communities, but our organizations as well. In response, organizations are undergoing a massive transformation in technology, structure, culture, and values - fundamentally changing not only what we work on, but how we work, and who we work with.

Where does this leave our careers?...

CUNA Mutual Group
Amanda  Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group

Scaling the Mountain, One Step at a Time - High-Level Feature Planning for Large Scale Projects

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Every organization, large or small, has a complex project that seems impossible to address. Significant tech debt, substantial impact to the business, risky to tackle – we all have behemoth systems that take the backburner, and we hope outlive their necessity.

When a large system overhaul is initiated and funding is a primary focus, high-level feature planning provides a way to inform the team, as well as management, an understanding of scope and complexity. It also helps set direction without committing to a firm end date. High-level feature planning allows teams to collaboratively...

Allison Pollard
Lean Agile Solution

Partnering Up – Giving Leaders the Limelight of Transformation

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

As agile coaches, we feel the frustrations with teams and leaders, we see the pain points in the organization, and we want to lead people to a more lean-agile future. Moreover, agile coaches may put the weight of the entire transformation on their own shoulders. At times, our own egos can get in the way of our effectiveness by limiting our ability to partner with others and share the limelight.

What would it mean to share the burden of transformation—and the limelight—with leaders?

How can an agile coach enable them to be the face of the change and motivate others to think and...

Araali Networks

Continuous Security at the Speed of DevOps

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

How does best-in-breed security at the speed and performance of DevOps looks like? How can the DevOps team stops advanced threats from laterally moving, communicating with your apps, or talking out (command and control, exfiltration)? How can you do it in a way that all apps and workloads are covered? How should you think about cross-team sharing? How about workflows for automation and policy creation? This session will cover how leading companies are integrating security into the software delivery cycle and delivering software on the planet-scale. This should also help enterprises that...

Software Engineering Institute

The Twins: Agile Methodologies & DevOps Techniques

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

This talk will explain the relationship between Agile and DevOps and the mechanisms of DevOps that require Agile or Agile activities with DevOps techniques (such as Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery/Deployment and Continuous Feedback) . Collectively, we will discuss and seek an answer to Agile and DevOps relationship. I will also share the lesson learned on DevOps adoption and how it relates to Agile to setup required processes. And then list Agile principles including 12 principles and common agile techniques. I will also talk on common principles DevOps principles a map those...

Samsung SDS

Code Review Practice for Empathy with Egoless Programming

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

We will prepare code for code review and progress sheets and assessment template, and role cards for the participants. (Please check attachments.) We want to share that code review is not heavy and authoritative thing, but it is fun and can help participants understanding of business logic and improve their development skills at the same time. This practice is hands-on, and this practice has been used and spreading in our company since 2017. This code review practice will lead participants to become interested in code review. Participants will learn how to code review in a fun...


Journey to Automation: How to start?

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

The concept of digital transformation was introduced to us a few years ago and is now a wishful thinking for many companies. But do you really know what is Digital Transformation? And how do we go further in this transformation? The answer is easier said than done: through automation. And how to start our automation journey? In this talk, Larissa will explain briefly Digital Transformation, how it correlates to automation and then proceed to the concept and types of automation, and detail how to embark on this exciting journey! After understanding what automation is, we will learn how to...


Being VP of Engineering is Harder than Being CEO

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Being CEO is notoriously challenging. But there’s another job that’s even harder… VP of Engineering. I would know. I’ve been both. As VPs of Engineering, we spend all day translating between two different worlds. We spent time in both worlds but don’t fully belong to either. Other executives see us as technical. Our teams see us as business. It’s lonely. It’s also the reason we’re in a unique position to help our company succeed. The best engineering leaders are great translators. We bring context about the business to developers and educate non-technical stakeholders on how software gets...

Ingenious Agile

Impactful Contributions-Maximize for Game-Changing Results

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Organizational alignment will make or break your agile transformation, but how confident are we on what organizational alignment really means? How many people can accurately describe their company's top three initiatives? How many people understand their role and how they can best contribute to them? What happens when we hit a new change curve with newly defined outcomes? How has knowing you are "blue" helped with those efforts so far? In this interactive session, we will explore the ways an individual, team or organization can dramatically increase the likelihood of success. How? By...

Certified Agile Team Building™

High-Performance Teams: Core Protocols for Psychological Safety and EI

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Want awesome teams that build great products? Great teams don’t happen by accident. And they don’t have to take a long time to build. In this session, Richard lays out the case for Continuous Teaming. Session participants will join in a flight of fun learning activity-sets. These will give you a taste of team awesomeness and how to start when you go back to work. Richard builds on the work of Jim and Michele McCarthy, Google, Bruce Tuckman, Gamasutra, Standish Group, Peter Drucker, and Melvin Conway. His learning activity-sets are short games, using elements from improvisational theater,...


Things We May Never Get Right

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

When there's no clear right way to solve a difficult problem, how do you avoid getting frozen in indecision?  How do you know if you made the right decision?  How do you know when a decision that used to be the best one isn't any more, and it's time to try something else?

We're part of a global marketplace developed and operated by multiple squads.  We consider ourselves a mature DevOps organization, but there are several things we've really struggled with over the years, and we've even reversed direction at times.  For example: Should designers be assigned to one squad for months...

QualityWorks Consulting Group

Agile Tester Toolkit - make an impact

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

An Agile QA does more than write test cases or execute them. They participate in activities such as "Estimating Stories" and "Backlog Grooming", interact with developers, attend daily scrum and sprint-planning sessions and they AUTOMATE. QA's are expected to be knowledgeable on the different tools and methodologies used, find the root cause, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives while still ensuring that releases are sent out on time. How do you set yourself up for success or make an impact? An Agile QA toolkit will allow you to be knowledgeable in the right areas, think quickly on...


Three Waves of DevOps: How we scale speed and quality through AI

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Since 2015 we at Dynatrace experienced 3 waves of transformation bringing us from DevOps (Speed), via NoOps (Stability) to what we call AI-Supported Autonomous Cloud Enablement (Scale). While DevOps and our approach to NoOps resulted in 1h Commit to Production and a 93% reduction of end user impacting production issues we had a hard time scaling speed and keeping our quality promise as we went through a 10x growth in size of engineering over the past 5 years. We forced ourselves to leverage and enhance our deterministic AI engine by integrating it into every phase of our software...


Using failure to successfully deliver software

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Failure is feedback and feedback is the breakfast of champions, or in this case software delivery teams. How do software delivery teams “welcome changing requirements, even late in development“ while maintaining "continuous attention to technical excellence"? The answer is simple, through feedback, early and constant feedback. So why is it so hard to accept feedback? If feedback is so important why don’t we welcome it as early as we can and as often as we can? Many times it can be the delivery if you’re not asking for feedback it can come across as negative or as criticism. Fortunately,...

Imagine Technologies, Inc.

Permit to Cloud: Land with Confidence in Azure

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Are you ready for the Cloud? An application is an idea that has code, data and infrastructure, and choosing whether to build a conveyor belt or to put up guard rails for that path is important in maintaining velocity to the cloud. In this session we show the core tools available in Azure for creating and enforcing governance rules and infrastructure, including Azure resource template technologies, policies, blueprints, as well as DevOps processes you can use to ensure your cloud journey is predictable, secure and compliant. We'll see how the tools work and share best practices for maturing...

Solutech Consulting, LLC

Developers Gaming the Agile Process? Say it Ain't So!

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Who doesn’t like the affirmation in hearing, “Job well done.” Most of us have experienced receiving salary increases, bonuses, and other forms of reward. These rewards are often tied to meeting or exceeding objectives set for us as individuals, teams, and businesses. Regardless of profession, most businesses recognize and reward individuals based on meeting defined goals. Over time, Ray Elenteny has observed an interesting dynamic where the spirit of Agile can take a back seat to leveraging Agile metrics to evaluate individuals and teams. Evaluation by Agile metrics seems very reasonable,...

Inspired Iterations

Reframing Conflict: The Heads, Hearts, and Hands of Productive Disagreement

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

So you and your teams know that healthy conflict is a hallmark of high performing teams, right? Yet you find yourself struggling to actually live this reality. You’re likely caught in the same vicious cycle of trying to change other’s minds and being locked in heated debate with no end in sight. Whether you are a team member, coach, or manager, this session will give you practical models and techniques for understanding and navigating conflict, rather than micro-managing or ignoring it. You will learn how to help teams identify, understand, and have productive disagreement that leads to...

Sapir Consulting US

Why do lean agile transformations fail? The good bad and ugly of lean agile and DevOps transformations

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Why do lean agile transformations fail more often than succeed? Teams argue about user stories, pointing systems and tickets. Mangers measure and compare teams based on velocity. Scrum masters going through the motions chasing the South Star. No one is validating customer hypothesis for fast feedback. In the turning point of the software digital age where organizations face a Cambrian extinction - the scientific application of agile, lean, design thinking, lean start up, lean UX, OKRs and DevOps together with high performing teams is crucial to business survival.

Let’s Explore...

Independent Consultant

Why aren’t your test automation efforts working?

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Test automation. Great concept and easy to do, right? Not so fast... There are many different ways to fly off course. Join me as we explore the not-so-obvious ways that we waste time and money on failed test automation attempts. Learn how to recognize and correct early missteps. Discover solutions that keep you from going in the wrong direction regardless of whether you are an Agile or traditional organization. Understand how to erect guardrails for your organization that keep test automation between the lines. Take away proven strategies for dealing with test automation pitfalls...

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DevOps Fireside Chat with Aimee Bechtle

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Got S’More questions about DevOps adoption? Bring some graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows and join Aimee Bechtle for a fireside chat and hear about life in the trenches of Agile and DevOps transformations. Aimee has a background in Software Systems Engineering and has been working in Information Technology for 27 years. She has worked  in management consulting, financial services, and federal research and development. Named a DevOps Top 100 Influencer Aimee has lots to share on how to successfully influence organizations and people in a transformation.


Metric-driven CI Stability

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

When I joined our Developer Experience team, we had very little visibility into how we were serving other engineers with our CI tools. We had no hard-evidence to back up any claims. We identified what we could and should measure. Then we established SLIs/SLOs to formalize those concepts and conducted an experiment to improve Buildkite stability. In the end we reached our goal on stability going from ~95% to 99.5%+ of builds that didn't fail because of something we had control. Now that we have hard data around the job we are doing, we don't have to make a decision about when to...


Strengthening Shift Right Testing(Testing in Production environment) in DevOps

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The session would help in understanding the following w.r.t. shift right testing.

• What is shift right testing?• Why shift right testing?• How shift right testing benefits DevOps process ?• Role of automation in shift right testing.Overall this session would be helpful for the QA Managers , DevOps practitioners to adapt and strengthen the QA process by adapting shift right testing. It also provides some real time scenarios with the business benefits. This session would help attendees to include the shift right testing in the current DevOps process and also understand how to...