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Agile for the Enterprise


MA An Introduction to SAFe: The Scaled Agile Framework
Al Shalloway, Net Objectives
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 8:30am

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is quickly being adopted by many large organizations that have had some success with agile at the team level but have not been able to scale up to large projects. Al Shalloway describes what SAFe is, discusses when and how to implement it, and provides a few extensions to SAFe. Al begins with a high-level, executive’s guide to SAFe that you can share with your organization’s leaders. He then covers the aspects of implementing SAFe: identifying the sequence of features to work, establishing release trains, the SAFe release planning event, SAFe’s variant of Scrum, and when to use the SAFe process. Al concludes with extensions to SAFe including creating effective teams—even when it doesn’t look possible—and implementing shared services and DevOps in SAFe using kanban. Get an introduction to SAFe, discover whether it would be useful to your organization, and identify the steps you should take to be SAFe.

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Concurrent Sessions

DW1 A DevOps Journey: Leading the Transformation at IBM
Dibbe Edwards
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:30am

Implementing change in a large organization is challenging. Today, IBM is a one-hundred year old organization that is constantly reinventing itself. DevOps is a key ingredient in that process―integrating speed, quality, and value for clients. Dibbe Edwards leads IBM’s DevOps transformation and has experienced both success and tribulation. She has consolidated her experience into five best practices that cover the complete software development lifecycle and take into account the dimensions of process, tools, and culture change. These best practices include (1) expand agile beyond development and test, (2) continually test using automation and virtualization, (3) build a delivery pipeline, (4) experiment rapidly, and (5) create a culture of continuous improvement. Dibbe describes this journey, her experiences, the best practices she discovered, what techniques she used, and how she recommends a software development team get started on their DevOps journey.

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DW2 Pioneering Continuous Deployment into the Enterprise
Gavin Gray, Infinio Systems
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:30pm

Continuous deployment gives software companies the capability to more rapidly deliver features to their customers, reducing time-to-value and increasing potential revenue. Continuous deployment improves team communication, productivity, and morale by dissolving organizational silos while simultaneously encouraging shared ownership of quality and operations. Web-centric software companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon have employed continuous deployment for years, yet most developers of on-premise and enterprise software continue to ship on multi-month, annual, or even bi-annual cadences. Considering the many advantages of continuous deployment, it seems natural that all software companies would want to use it—regardless of the flavor of software they produce. Gavin Gray details the challenges that on-premise and enterprise software companies face when implementing continuous deployment. Gavin describes how product strategy, organizational structure, software delivery process, company culture, and software development technical best practices all contribute to successful adoption of continuous deployment into the enterprise.

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DW3 Agile DevOps: The Long, Ugly Story of How We Got Better
Tommy Norman, Holland Square Group
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:45pm

Come hear the story of how a $300 million healthcare automation company used Agile and DevOps to turn around a struggling project for their next generation product suite. Told from the perspective of a developer turned test manager turned agile coach, Tommy Norman outlines the transition from a Scrum-But shop to a mature agile company, focused on customer value and product quality. Tommy details the issues they encountered, attempts to resolve them (with varying degrees of success and failure), and how eventually they took a project that had been limping along for two years to a project that was delivering to clients at the end of each sprint. Tommy covers all the bases from product ownership, development, quality assurance, automated testing, deployment automation, dealing with hardware, regulatory compliance, and more. If you want to hear a real world, practical adventure in agile DevOps that is not always pretty but has a happy ending, this is the session for you.

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DW4 Overcome DevOps Adoption Barriers to Accelerate Software Delivery
Chris Haddad, WSO2
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:15pm

Many organizations want to create systems delivered in a DevOps framework with diverse services implemented via API building blocks. Chris Haddad says that people, processes, and tools often hinder a team's ability to comply with security policies, streamline collaboration, and rapidly deliver business value. Chris recommends moving design, development, and continuous delivery into a cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment. PaaS helps organizations and teams more readily adopt DevOps practices, integrate governance compliance frameworks, and follow agile methodologies with distributed teams. Find out how to change your software culture by employing an environment and tooling that promote collaboration, rapid iterations, and painless compliance. Chris describes the tools you need and a step-by-step approach for developing robust and secure software within a DevOps framework. Discover how merging DevOps activities, polyglot PaaS capabilities, and governance practices overcome organizational barriers, create better software, and accelerate software delivery.

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DT1 Continuous Integration for Mobile Development
Carlo Cadet, Perfecto Mobile
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:00am

Continuous integration (CI) is important to help teams achieve increased release frequency. CI for mobile apps presents unique challenges, requiring teams to discover the recipe that works. Carlo Cadet explores the ingredients you must assemble to achieve CI. Start by setting up a real mobile device lab. To create a true end-user experience, test scripts must run in a lab that is scalable and reliable across real devices. Next, implement functional and non-functional testing as part of each CI build. Effective testing will go beyond the happy path and include the likely network and device conditions typically encountered by users. Implement parallel test execution which allows you to write a script once and test across all devices, networks, and OSs. And finally, sync with the build team to determine the most appropriate device and test coverage executed within builds triggered during the day, nightly, and weekly.

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DT3 Huawei’s Journey to DevOps and Continuous Delivery
Dan Gordon, Electric Cloud
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:30pm

Huawei might be the largest company you've never heard of—one of China's largest telecom, electronics, and mobile device manufacturers, with tens of thousands of software engineers. Huawei is investing heavily in DevOps and continuous delivery (CD), aiming to transform their entire engineering process in just two to three years to reduce software delivery costs. Dan Gordon shares an overview of Huawei’s continuous delivery and DevOps transformation initiatives in a complex, embedded software environment and presents the business drivers for change. Dan discusses the business value of Huawei’s CD implementation―encompassing build, infrastructure provisioning, deployment, testing, and reporting―including release pipeline visualization and progress dashboards. Huawei’s CD and DevOps implementation is a centralized, shared cloud service currently used by 2,000 developers supporting twenty applications. It is now being extended to 40,000 developers, servicing more than 1,000 applications, 100,000 builds a day, and supporting 2,000 releases each year. Huawei’s journey to CD is a massive undertaking.

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