Straining Towards Continuous Delivery in Big Orgs: Lessons for a Product Manager

“I’ll present a case study chronicling a series of CI- and CD-friendly changes implemented on a large scale public sector Agile project, noting the reasons we embarked on this, the pitfalls we encountered along the way, and reflecting on what these changes ultimately meant for our Product Management function and for Agile development on this project.”

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Sara Saab has been product manager / product owner for a SaaS product over in Silicon Valley, a startup social network here in London, and on TfL’s Contactless ticketing back office system, which was taking steps towards a continuous delivery model during her tenure. Nowadays she runs an independent product consultancy called Ordinary Objects. Sara likes software that does what business people and technologists happily agree it should do.

Just what Product Management needed: the gift of Continuous Delivery

Continuous Delivery can be a hard sell to product managers, even in small, healthy organisations. The benefits sound implausible, the costs high, and it’s really hard to understand all that it enables.

However, CD has been hugely beneficial at the leading edge of product management. As deployment pipelines have taken root, there has also been a shift in how we see and measure user value. Take these trends together, and there’s been a giant leap forwards in how to prioritise work and judge its success.
Turns out that unwanted gift was the best product management present ever!

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Elizabeth Ayer is the Portfolio Manager at Redgate software, a leader in DevOps tooling for databases. In 11 years of product management, she’s worked with dozens of customers going through process transformations: Agile, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. Above all, she’s ridiculously passionate about delivering quality software fast!

Building for Longevity with Scala

With engineers moving from project to project and company to company, how do we ensure the systems we are building can survive constant organisational & personnel change? Why do some systems outlive others? And if we are honest with ourselves, are we guilty of thinking much too short-term about our software systems?

Drawing from real world examples, I will discuss the Scala projects that succeeded long-term (5+ years) and those that quickly became obsolete. I will further characterise some of the unique obsolescence pitfalls that Scala and its ecosystem bring and how to avoid them.

We’ll touch on the lesser known aspects of the API and the importance of choosing the right execution context.

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An Open Space with Simon Powers & Michael Sahota

Michael Sahota and Simon Powers ran a free format question / answer session; sharing their work and insights on the deep emotional and mindset shifts and resulting structure and culture changes that are happening in organizations all over the world.

Expect a lot of fun, lively debate, deep learning and emotional content, as well as celebrations and networking, all in a friendly and welcoming environment.

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Michael on his Certified Agile Leadership trainings:

Simon on his Enterprise Agility Masterclass

A nostalgic look at 25 years of the Internet

The internet is no longer the Wild Wild Web it was in the late 20th century. Jeff looks back at Gopher, Archie and even FTP as a means of storing silos of information (typically early 1990). The emergence of NCSA Mosiac, Netscape and then Internet Explorer, paved the way for the modern Internet (and his personal journey into web development). Along the way we have seen the rise and fall of many communities including MySpace and Geocities, the popularity of animated GIFs (who can forget the “Coming Soon” GIF of a man digging a hole?) and the never ending “Optimised for IE4+” banners on “new” websites.

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Jeff is a front-end web developer at Energized Work

Testing practices in the world of service

Panel discussion on testing practices in the world of service virtualization, at WireMock’s Next Gen Service Virtualization Forum.

Panelists included: Benji Hooper (SpectoLabs), Wojciech Bulaty (Traffic Parrot), Dave Syer (Pivotal), Huw Price (Curiosity Software Ireland). Chaired by Tom Akehurst (WireMock).

What my dad taught me about ChatOps

My dad once told me about a guy from Birmingham, a martial artist who’d learned tai-kwon-do, who could do jujitsu and would box.

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Now, in his wisdom he devised his own style of martial arts, the principle was simple, if you couldn’t do it in a phone booth, it was no good to you in a pub fight.

With two paragraphs about Birmingham, kung-fu and pub fights you might be wondering how this could ever have anything to do with practical DevOps.

Introducing ChatOps, and here’s the tag line, when you’re in the pub, down the gym or stuck on a plane to New York, what’s the maximum you can do from just your phone.

We don’t all lug around a laptop 24⁄7 and I know I don’t always have a handbag big enough for mine, so if your production environment was burning down, and all you had was your phone, data and slack, could you save it all?

The Bureau for the Containment of Programmatic Lifeforms

Based in Ocean Beach, San Francisco, the BCPL is the world’s first Capitalist Absurdist quasi-fictional organization dedicated to blurring the walls of reality and fiction, through science-fictional world building, and appropriating the technologies for use in the real world. BCPL is at once, a publisher of comic narrative and a tech startup, utilizing music and magick in order to build a truly synthetic consciousness.

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Thorsten Sideb0ard is an embedded audio engineer, working at Google’s Nest Labs, California, while moonlighting as the CEO of a fictional company