Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session : The Lord of the Rings: DevOps Edition

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Lord of the Rings: DevOps Edition

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Modern software delivery involves lean principles, DevOps practices, and of course tools. Implementing those elements in harmony will necessitate a change in how teams operate—more specifically, it will require a change in how managers think about teams. If teams truly want to leverage the power of DevOps and become high-performing, how should leaders think about team construction? Using comical analogous reasoning, Joseph Ours will discuss the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings, the roles, the mission, and the skills team to extrapolate what can be learned. Joseph will take artistic license every now and then in order to make a point—because hobbits and IT are not a common analogy—but it will apply to leadership lessons he learned by analyzing each team member and their role. You'll leave with an understanding of what place roles have on high-performing teams, what commonalities exist across team members, and some sage advice for all the wizards in your fellowship.

Centric Consulting

Joseph Ours has spent over two decades leading, coaching, speaking, and living the IT industry. Using his real-life, in-the-trenches experience, his view is radically different than most, a view focused on value individuals bring to an organization. He is the author of popular articles, such as, “Why You Need Women Testers”, and speaker on behavior psychology topics in IT such as, “Thinking Fast and Slow for IT”, Joseph has an ability to tackle tough topics and has sparked numerous penetrating and beneficial conversations that have been shared with folks from around the globe. Joseph serves as a National DevOps Practice Lead with the global firm, Centric Consulting. He has an MBA and is a Certified Project Management Professional where he continues to work with the best and brightest in the field.