DevOps Summit: DevOps in Action, 14 July, London
The term “DevOps” typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work achieving the value stream that is between the business (where requirements are defined) and the customer (where value is delivered). But DevOps does not yet have precise or prescriptive practice methods. To meet its urgency to “speed production and so the time to market”, many organisations are finding that ITSM skills that they had invested in, fit in very well with DevOps’ Agile collaborative and quickening business tempo. Enterprises with legacy systems of ITIL, ITSM are finding that DevOps are a perfect cultural match and a winning combination.
The continuous delivery of valuable software, or working software, is a measure of progress. Business people and developers must work together to make the project a success. But before you consider adopting new technology and methods, consider the challenges within your organization that that needs addressing. Change must be approached as a project-by-project advancement rather than suddenly and completely.
The expert practitioners and thought leaders at this DevOps Summit will give help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment. This one day programme is designed to connect a wide range of stakeholders and provide informational as well as and educational experience for all. This summit will engage not just existing DevOps pros, but also managers and executives like CIOs and CISOs, Dev and Ops managers, business leaders and architects.
Stephen Nelson-Smith, Principal Consultant, UNICOM
Stephen Woods, Process Improvement Consultant, SCMMS SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Dinis Guarda, Founder and CEO of ZTUDIUM
Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge
Kirk Botula, CEO, CMMI Institute
Senior executives believe that organizational agility is critical for business success. Yet, most companies admit they are not agile enough to mobilize quickly, respond positively and change to compete successfully. To achieve organizational agility, companies need to focus on the key capabilities that will help them develop better products, faster and at a lower cost to differentiate themselves and gain a sustainable competitive advantage.
Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge
The ambition of the DevOps community is to break down barriers than inhibit value driven behaviour.But some boundaries are useful allowing expertise to develop and be nurtured. Sensor technologies and wider economic and ecological pressures are creating both stress and opportunity at a national and organisational level. This presentation will attempt to change our perception of the ecosystem of an organisation away from manufacturing metaphors and control to something more fluid, adaptive and critically highly innovative. How to achieve whole of work force engagement in both strategic development and operational execution? How to rapidly repurpose existing capability to handle previously unanticipated needs? How to resource for systems that are effective, not just efficient?
Paul D. Nielsen, Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute
We are incorporating more autonomous features and functions into the systems we build—from cars, airplanes and underwater vehicles to home thermostats and assistive devices. But increasing autonomy comes with increasing complexity and new concepts like deep and continuous learning and non-deterministic algorithms. These are challenges to current verification and validation methods. Furthermore the central principle of trust may be the key to the acceptance of these increasingly autonomous into our lives. New strategies for V&V and test may be needed to establish that trust.
Dr Richard Sykes, Cloud Industry Forum
Benjamin Wootton, Contino
A large number of organisations have successfully adopted DevOps practices, but is it for everyone? Surely bigger enterprises can’t do this because they are too big and too siloed to make it work. Or can they? I will walk through the biggest challenges in scaling up DevOps in the Enterprise and how to approach them.
Paul Makkar, Head of Ops, Data Analytics ,British Gas Connected Homes
DevOps patterns and considerations for databases, clusters, data and stateful system.
Tarun Arora, a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio Development Tools, DevOps Manager and Agile Coach, Avanade UK
Take your organization to DevOps supremacy by automating environment provisioning by applying the the concept of programmable infrastructure using Microsoft Azure DevTestLabs and Visual Studio Team Services. In this Demo only session you’ll learn how to automate provisioning of infrastructure in Azure DevTestLabs with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. We’ll then take this a step further by building and releasing to this new environment using Build and Release Management in VSTS.
Jon Topper, The Scalefactory
If you work in a heavily regulated industry such as finance or pharmaceuticals, you may be forgiven for thinking that you'll never achieve the pace of change offered by Agile and DevOps. In this session, I'll explain why that may not be true, and suggest a different way to approach change control.
Andrew Hardie, Devoperative Ltd and in the DevOps team of the Ministry of Justice
DevOps is the hottest job in IT right now. Organisations are desperate to hire. Recruiters are in a feeding frenzy.
But, do organisations really understand what true DevOps means, the difficulties and the consequences? Andrew will try to set the record straight, delivering some surprising and controversial conclusions.
Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd
Continuous delivery is good but how do you make sure you get continuous value?
The project model is inadequate for governing continuous delivery: projects end, they are not continuous. Governing continuous delivery requires governing by value delivered rather than by time, cost and benefit. Using traditional project success measures in a continuous delivery environment can lead you astray.
And teams are different too, gone are the days of forming a new team and releasing them at the end. Continuous delivery teams need to be staffed differently, and they need to be staffed for the long haul.
In this presentation Allan Kelly will look at some of the challenges managers face in aligning the organization with continuous delivery technology.
John Clapham, Principal, Cotelic
The correlation between high employee engagement and performance in business is no secret. However, this engagement doesn’t happen by luck, without care the introduction of new approaches, like DevOps, are almost as likely to make employee engagement decrease as increase. DevOps is challenging, it demands new behaviours, the kind that not everyone will adopt quickly.
Drawing on experiences building agile and DevOps teams in a range of organisations, this talk offers practical advice to support your DevOps change program, with a strong focus on maintaining and building engagement during the process.
Dan North, Principal, Dan North Associates
DevOps initiatives usually begin with developers, either through frustration at the slow pace of operations response or from a desire to control more of the path to production. Development used to be the bottleneck in delivery, but the gradual adoption of agile methods has pushed this bottleneck downstream to the release process.
As releases have become more frequent this has meant less time to ensure the software going into production is of suitable quality, and the poor operations and support engineers end up bearing the brunt of this. In many organisations developers don't carry a pager and haven’t experienced the sense of doom receiving an alert at 4am.
DevOps s a synthesis of agile development practises—small releases, high automation, close collaboration—with the "keeping the lights on" rigour and discipline of the Operations Centre. For it to succeed we need to treat Ops as equals to Dev rather than voiceless downstream consumers.