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Agile + DevOps East 2022 - 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 9

Agile Play Consulting LLC

A Team is Virtual, Their Fears are Real. Time for a Team Reboot!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Have you noticed lately that something is off with your team's dynamic? Disengagement, unproductive conflicts, siloed work can all be symptoms of a larger underlying problem. Whether you are a Scrum Master, an Agile coach or group's leader, it is never easy to initiate a conversation about the "elephant in the room".

This session will introduce you to three coaching tools ("Fear in the Workplace", Safety in the Workplace" and MinSpec) that can help your facilitate these discussions in a fun, non-threatening way, and lead the group through re-defining their ways of working. You will...

Robert Woods
Scrum Inc

Keeping it Lightweight: Scaling Agile the Easy Way

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Far too many scaling concepts require tremendous overhead and turn into something more lightweight than their original intention out of necessity. How can we keep from having to go backwards in out scaling and maintain a lightweight approach from the start? Using [email protected] as the initial framework, many organizations can simply keep their known structures while enjoying increased collaboration and speed to decision-making. As part of this session, attendees will enjoy hearing about how they can start out a scaled Agile approach the easy way while also taking a potentially bulky approach...

Narasima Yalamala
Capital One

Digital Transformation - Role of Distributed Systems Architecture and Design for Success

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

A key to digital transformation is how fast you deliver the new products to market while modifying or creating new processes by changing the culture and customer experience to a greater extent. During the journey of Digital Transformation, distributed systems architecture and design play a significant role. Specifically, microservices architecture is vital in achieving improved delivery time and quality. Combined with the recent developments of containerization and DevOps, microservices architecture patterns help organizations build scalable, fault-tolerant, and highly available system...


Reimagining Digital Cloud Transformation : Automation and DevOps Pipeline

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Organizations face numerous challenges during their journey to Digital Cloud Transformation – the most pressing challenges are frequent failures and the absence of a “big-picture” mindset. Driven by KPMG’s quest to deliver a superior customer experience, our Digital Cloud Transformation framework delivers improved quality, reduced time to market, reliability, and sustainable Cloud Transformation. Moving away from the archaic approach from replicating traditional regression onto cloud integration validations, KPMG has helped customers minimize risk and increase test coverage by E2E...


Dungeons & Dragons: Becoming the Hero of the Sprint

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

When I began my journey as a QA Specialist nearly a decade ago, I had a lot to learn about testing, but the more sprint meetings I attended, the more it felt like the Dungeons & Dragons table. It turns out that fighting hordes of the undead and hunting down software bugs have more than a few things in common. What did playing a rogue with a clumsy streak teach me about software development? In this interactive session, I will explore three crossover strategies gaming taught me about the quest for quality, how to better partner with your QA team, and creative ways to spend your time...


MLOps for Agile Data Science at Scale

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Agile organizations have been successful in improving collaboration and reducing waste in software development. They have also learned to automate and streamline their software delivery process. But many teams are still struggling to leverage the same agile principles to their artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives. Operationalization of Machine Learning (ML) models at scale is an increasing challenge and a barrier to AI adoption for many companies. Join JL Marechaux as he explores how Data Scientists, ML Engineers, and Operations teams can leverage DevOps practices to deliver machine...


Transformation Leadership in Action

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Leading and driving change in our companies, organizations, and teams can be as difficult as pushing a wet rope uphill! Even with the best processes and best tools in place, we may not achieve our business and customer satisfaction goals because our work environment is stuck in the status quo. Ultimately transforming an organization is about changing culture. Culture is influenced by our values, beliefs, goals, assumptions, purpose, priorities, and other factors. Therefore, transformational Leadership is a key ingredient in driving cultural change. Join Mike Sowers to learn more about the...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

The 4-Quadrants of Product Ownership – Exploring What “Good” Looks Like

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm
The product owner role was introduced in Scrum in 1993. So, the role has been around for ~25 years. Yet, still, we struggle with its nature. Is it simple or complex? Is it inward or outwardly facing? It is about backlogs and stories or something more? And is ‘ownership’ the whole point?In this talk, Bob Galen will share his 4-Quadrants model for what effective (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. The essence of the 4-quadrants says that there are product, project, analyst, and leadership parts to...
TAB Bank

Harnessing the Current of C-Level Engagement and Corporate Sponsorship to Attain Superhero Level Invincibility

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Without adequate executive buy-in and sponsorship, Agile transformations and DevOps revolutions are largely doomed to fail. When the cards are stacked against you, it becomes increasingly difficult to implement a meaningful strategic campaign. One’s time, energy, and drive all tend to evaporate under the unrelenting drought of support and endorsement.

Buy-in and trust come with a heavy price, though. Patience, persistence, diligence, and diplomacy are all essential ingredients in securing a victory, but so are a grand (even ostentatious) vision, an unrelenting sense of urgency,...

EPAM Systems

DevOps Fireside Chat with Adam Auerbach

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

What is DevOps? How is your organization trying to adopt? Are you running into roadblocks? What tools and metrics are you using to show value? What lessons learned do you have that could help others? Join Adam as he moderates this "fireside" chat. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Jeff Payne

Tips and Tricks for Effective Agile Testing

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm
Agile testing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some believe it’s about getting software developers to do all the testing during iterations. Others think it’s the same testing process as in Waterfall, just done a lot quicker. Still others believe testing can only be done effectively AFTER an iteration is completed. While all of these are interesting approaches, none of them are both effective and meet the spirit of agile. This talk discusses what agile testing is really all about and provides tips and tricks for how to effectively integrate software testing (and...
Novo Nordisk

Automated Continuous Compliance Testing in the Cloud Age

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Cloud computing is becoming ever more relevant, even in highly regulated industries. As these industries move deeper into the cloud age, compliance and security plays an important part in automated cloud deployment. However, compliance testing is usually left up to manual processes or monitoring tools scanning software solutions that have already been deployed to a given cloud environment. By sharing my story of how I built and distributed an automated continuous compliance test framework for software teams in Novo Nordisk, I hope to inspire the listeners to think about how they can...

CUNA Mutual Group
CUNA Mutual Group

Taking Great Measures - Quit Measuring and Start Influencing

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Using metrics in agile has been an elusive endeavor, and how to use those metrics for good, not evil. Too often we see metrics used to compare agile teams, and question the wrong things. Too often we solution before we understand what the true need is. We took a different approach of not just using the standard agile metrics to help teams with efficiency, but working more closely with our leaders on data needed to help drive decisions around staffing, work prioritization, and value delivered. Through interviews and a focus on educating different levels of business and IT leaders, we were...

Péter Földházi
EPAM Systems

Avoiding the Chaos of an Agile transformation

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile is not a fairy tale. You have to face real life challenges well prepared in order to succeed. The reality is: the bigger and older your organization is, the more difficult it is to pass through process level changes and that's when Chaos is born. Resolving all the issues with Chaos could potentially take years.

Peter will share his story of one of his projects where he had to face numerous obstacles as a Test Manager in achieving proper Agile implementation and to raise the quality of the products of his client. Some of the obstacles included: agile ceremonies not followed;...

Northrop Grumman
Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Industrial DevOps: Responding to Misconceptions

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Industrial DevOps (IDO) extends the original concept of DevOps used primarily in software environments into cyber-physical world to account for complex system of systems, which include hardware, firmware, and software. The intent of IDO is to enable significant cyber-physical systems development programs to be more responsive to changing needs while reducing lead times. It is the application of continuous flow, continuous improvement, and 8 IDO principles to the development, manufacturing, deployment, and serviceability of significant cyber-physical systems.

In this discussion, we...


Test Automation in CI/CD

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

CI/CD pipelines need quality gates in order to deliver and deploy code responsibility. What does that look like? Why is it important to have a test automation strategy for your CI/CD pipeline? We all hate build times that take hours due to waiting on test automation which is why it is so important to strategically think through your test automation. Join Janna as she does a deeper diver into test automation strategies for CI/CD. She’ll talk about different types of test automation, guidelines around your automated tests, and how it all works together in your CI/CD pipeline. Learn how you...


Defuse the Ticking Time Bomb - Create an SBOM With Every Build

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Modern software projects are made up of tens or hundreds of open-source software (OSS) components. While this frees development teams to focus on core business logic, OSS components inject risk into applications. The log4shell and Spring4Shell zero-day vulnerabilities have highlighted the importance of understanding which versions of which OSS components are in use, and whether the included versions have any reported vulnerabilities against them. Without some level of automation, tracking these open-source components is a tedious and error-prone process.

In addition, customers are...

Thursday, November 10


Congratulations! You're a leader! Now what?!

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00pm

You’ve done it! You’ve finally gotten into that leadership position, whether it be a test lead, test manager, or even test director. Now what? You’ve gotten to this point because of your technical skills. Always one to jump in and fix things or get things done. However, now your job is people. You’ve gone from doing the testing to leading people who do the testing. What does this mean for you? In this talk Janna will talk about the transition from individual contributor to leader. What do you do when the skills that got you here aren’t the same as the skills that you need to be a good...

Northrop Grumman

Collaborative Modeling - Agile Model-Based Systems Engineering

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Agile and DevOps practices drive towards faster delivery and efficient incorporation of feedback, but sometimes struggle to maintain a common understanding of product vision and implementation. Model-Based Systems Engineering helps to frame the architectural underpinnings of a system, tying the implementation back to desired functionality, but when allowed to go stale, the models can quickly lose their benefit and turn the initial modeling effort into waste. Agile and MBSE are sometimes viewed as competing approaches, when in fact they can be used synergistically to support each other....

QualityWorks Consulting Group

Tips for Executing your First Agile Transformation

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Agile transformation can either be the initial phase of digital transformation or a core part of the digitization process. The Agile transformation is a holistic change and places focus on the people using the technology, the process for work being done, and the overall cultural change that is required.

In this session, you'll walk through: how the team planned and initiated an Agile Transformation effort at a local bank here in Jamaica. Next, how they managed the expectations of our stakeholders and brought alignment to all team members on the ground. And finally, the problems...

Cisco Systems

Languishing with Laggards—Moving from Dead Ops to DevOps

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

We get it, there is tremendous value in our organizations and customers embracing DevOps practices. We've seen the need, we've experienced the struggle to tranform over the past decade and we're now reaping the benefits. But how do we help our coworkers and customers who may be stuck in low-gear? What are effective strategies to coax them to embrace a DevOps mindset?

Join us for this quick keynote where we share observations about the transformation of the networking industry and how it is changing through enabling new skills and product functionality. If you feel as if you're...

Solvera (A part of Accenture)

API Testing Made Easy With Postman

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Application program interface (API) has become the connecting tissue that allows the exchange of data and logic between software products and different layers of an application (data layer, service layer, and presentation layer). Multiple independent systems can be integrated easily with the help of APIs and its specification. Testing these APIs before and/or after they are consummated can greatly improve the efficiency of your test strategy as a whole because the API layer directly touches both the data layer and presentation layer, it presents itself as a good candidate for continuous...


DevSecOps in Practice, What Can and Can’t be Automated

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Application Security is a critical part of DevSecOps that isn’t well represented in many projects. This talk will explain how to factor application security into short feedback cycles so that teams aren’t overwhelmed by application security issues or practices at the end of a release or at any time. One of the challenges we have in using Application Security practices is where to start, and how to get value. The world is being driven more and more by network-connected applications and services that are constantly under attack from the curious and malicious. What should you do If you aren’t...

Hitachi Vantara

7 Strategies To Build High Performing Teams

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

If you are a supervisor or a team leader, you know how difficult it is to manage distributed teams with constant pressure to perform and deliver quality product/service on time. This is especially true for offshore teams who are in different timezones, regions, cultures and working styles. If you do not put in effort to come up with effective strategies to manage these teams, it may eventually lead to low team morale, disgruntled employees, and most importantly poor performance. This is the reason why companies are investing millions of dollars in training, organizational and team...


Highly Regulated Industries - Are Agile Approaches Even Possible?

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile approaches have become mainstream in the 20ish years since the manifesto, but many transformation efforts fail or aren't even considered possible, in highly regulated environments. Financial services, insurance, healthcare, and others have necessary constraints in the development and delivery of products and services. These constraints are often considered insurmountable in the context of agile development and delivery, and traditional, legacy waterfall methods are chosen. Other pseudo-agile approaches are also used, often using the language of agile but violating its core...

Dan Neumann

It’s OK to be UnSAFe – Scale Without Using Someone Else’s Framework

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

When scaling, many organizations attempt to adopt a framework "from the industry." This often leads to pain and frustration. Instead, scale your agility by embracing your company’s context instead of installing someone else’s framework!

Companies choose a framework like SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, or Spotify not because it’s the BEST for their company, they do it because it’s the SAFE choice (pun intended). This session shares key principles to scaling agile delivery blindly following someone else’s recipe. First, we explore reasons that organizations select an existing scaling framework....


Bridging the DevOps Divide - How to Bring in the Mainframe

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Large organizations will have mainframe applications. While DevOps may be very mature on the distributed side, it is often overlooked for the mainframe applications. This can cause unnecessary issues with development timeframes and deliveries. As the applications depend on each other, so do the teams, yet they are often running isolated parallel development. The solution is to bring the mainframe applications, and developers into DevOps. But how? I will describe how this has been successfully done at many sites focusing on a practical 10 step approach. Attendees will leave with a knowledge...


The Chaotic Approach to Modern Testing

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

We’ve all experienced the ugly face of production outages even after the most thorough traditional tests were run. Functional, usability and business-oriented testing coupled with a healthy mix of performance testing is not enough. Plan for the unexpected. Explore in a systematic way by conducting experiments that can uncover hidden what-if scenarios that traditional testing approaches often miss. This conversation will walk you through the spectrum of Quality Engineering adding Chaos Testing as a powerful tool and ally to conduct systematic exploratory tests with a hint of intelligence...

EPAM Systems

Testing the Metaverse and Beyond: Why We Can't Wait to Automate

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Although the idea of the metaverse began as fiction, it is likely that it will soon become a reality. Conceptually, the metaverse can be thought of as an online 3D cyberspace, connecting users across the globe in various aspects of their lives. Think of multiple computing devices and platforms connected together via the Internet, allowing each user’s avatar or character to navigate through a virtual space, and become immersed in different experiences everywhere from hangouts to sports games, bar mitzvahs, weddings, among others. It is predicted that extended reality (XR) technologies such...

Adam Sandman

Are You Scaling Agile or Just Failing Agile?

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

One of the limitations of standard agile methodologies is that they are designed to operate primarily at the team level, with product owners, developers, testers, and other disciplines working together as a single team. So when you want to adopt agile practices on large programs or within large organizations, you will need to think about how to scale your agile processes. However, many of the “off the shelf” agile processes are not really agile at all, resulting in organizations breaking one of the cardinal rules of the agile manifesto - individuals and interactions over processes and...

Engaging the Hive Mind Through Swarm Test Planning

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Are you looking for more ways to shift quality to the left? Do you wish your team was more proactive and less reactive when it comes to quality? Do you rely on a single QA or developer to come up with all of the test cases on their own?

We know that from concepts similar to Mob Programming, the collective mind can often be more effective than any one individual. Applying this principle to testing, we introduce the practice of Swarm Test Planning.

In this session we will teach the concept of Swarm Test Planning, using structured brainstorming and heuristic categorization to...