Agile + DevOps East 2023 Tutorial: Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and LEGOs

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Monday, November 6, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and LEGOs

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 transformation, making their first steps in adopting DevOps practices, or noticing the gaps left by “automation only” approach to DevOps. This tutorial is based on real-life examples from medium to large size organizations, includes the latest findings from the State of DevOps report, delivers key ideas from “The Phoenix Project” by Gene Kim, and facilitates a number of debriefings to draw parallels between the issues highlighted in the simulation and some of the similar issues the learners may have in their organizations (impact on business, segregation of duty, change management, Job security and even fear-based culture). Through this powerful role-based simulation with LEGO and Chocolate, participants experience the benefits of cross-training, learn to eliminate silos, adopt systems thinking and gain valuable insights that can be immediately applied in their organizations.


Dana Pylayeva is a DevOps culture coach, ICF Credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach(CEC), trainer, international speaker, author of several books and business games. Her games (“Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate”, “Fear in the Workplace” and others) are all based on stories from the trenches. She draws inspiration from 20+ years of hands-on experience in IT, from her Agile/ DevOps culture coaching and facilitating change in Fortune 500 companies.

Dana is passionate about unleashing leadership potential in individuals and teams. She brings a powerful combo of multiple coaching styles (Co-Active, Positive Intelligence, Executive Coaching), facilitation with Liberating Structures, deep knowledge of Agile and DevOps space as well as a breadth of experience working with remote teams and international clients (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Japan, India etc).