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Agile Dev East 2017 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to follow a specific track or to explore various topics throughout the conference in order to customize their learning experience. Learn both enterprise foundations and new methodologies to grow your skills, supercharge your knowledge, and re-energize your career growth.

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Wednesday, November 8

Roland Cuellar

Creative Disruption: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Fire the project managers … do DevOps … hire plenty of agile coaches. Agile leadership books, guidance, and carnival barkers abound. However, with much hype to sort through and little guidance, how can you separate the snake oil from the real thing? How can you develop a North Star to guide you through agile, DevOps, and organizational transformation? Roland Cuellar shares lessons based on two decades of experience consulting with leading executives worldwide. Rooted in a foundational philosophy of self-management that evolved into a cutting-edge approach, Roland shares an essential...

Richard Khor
Dude Solutions

Synchronize Your Agile Planning

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Even though agile discourages planning beyond what can be reasonably predicted,the business still needs to know when and how to connect product development with marketing, sales, and support. Richard Khor shows how the Three Pillars of Scrum (transparency, inspection, and adaption), coupled with two levels of planning, can produce a one-year roadmap and a quarterly plan that feed into sprint planning. Richard shows how to build a rolling plan that—just as Scrum uses a cadence—stands up to the inevitable project change. To forecast work in the project plans, he uses the same technique—a...

Dave Todaro

Rightsizing User Stories

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

User stories and their big brothers, epics, are an excellent way to describe requirements for a software system. They act as stakes in the ground to keep track of what the system needs to do, the type of user most interested in each feature, and the reason the requirement provides value. As projects reach a certain size, stories often become too large for a team to complete within a single sprint. The solution? Split them into smaller stories, each of which can be completed within the duration of one sprint. Dave Todaro describes proven techniques to split epics and stories, making them...


Keep Engagement High in Difficult Projects

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Aggressive timelines, scope creep, changing requirements, development delays, and the imperative to finish on the imposed timeline … how can you keep your team motivated and engaged when everything seems to go wrong? Larissa Rosochansky describes the major factors of team dissatisfaction, shares techniques to uncover hidden issues, identifies the most common traps project managers fall into, and offers general tips to avoid them. Now that you understand what could be impacting your team’s performance, Larissa guides you on how to minimize the dissatisfaction and keep the team productivity...

Anthony Crain
Blue Agility, LLC

Measure Anything: The Quality, Productivity, Predictability, and Innovation Model

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Measuring software development is difficult. Measuring the return on investment (ROI) of complex initiatives (such as adopting agile) is even more difficult. One department at IBM struggled to reduce a list of 150 metrics down to a top twenty to use in consulting engagements. Through the years, nearly every one of Anthony Crain’s clients has asked him for help in proving that their teams were “getting better” at development. Nearly all of their measures were “adoption” measures showing how teams were doing agile. However, none of the metrics was focused on whether the development was...

Tom Chavez

Machine Data Is EVERYWHERE: Use It for Testing

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

As more applications are hosted on servers, they produce immense quantities of logging data. Quality engineers should verify that apps are producing log data that is existent, correct, consumable, and complete. Otherwise, apps in production are not easily monitored, have issues that are difficult to detect, and cannot be corrected quickly. Tom Chavez presents the four steps that quality engineers should include in every test plan for apps that produce log output or other machine data. First, test that the data is being created. Second, ensure that the entries are correctly formatted and...

Sumedha Ganjoo
National Instruments

Operations in the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

As development teams move toward a more agile development process coupled with continuous delivery (CD), the role of operations has evolved from a support organization to an integral part of the product delivery ecosystem. Today, operations organizations need to be agile in their feature delivery, but as requests come from different stakeholders, operations must balance their investments in support tasks, urgent tooling requests, and strategic projects. Sumedha Ganjoo explains why it is important for an operations organization to move toward CD and identifies process, tools, and...

Patrick Turner
Small Footprint

Your DevOps Goal: A Culture Shift, Not Just a Toolset Implementation

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Becoming a DevOps shop isn’t just about hiring DevOps engineers and implementing a new toolset. It’s about changing the culture of your organization. Patrick Turner believes that your focus for DevOps should be to bring a cultural shift throughout the organization—up to the business team and down to product delivery. Focusing on the culture shift of DevOps creates faster innovation. And all of this enables transparency in this process for those who have not had visibility in the past and encourages transparency for those who have worked behind the curtain of complexity that has obscured it...

Mario Moreira

A Customer Value-Driven Model for the Agile Enterprise

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Are you looking for ways to ensure your teams are always working on the highest customer value ideas? Do you want the ability to quickly adapt to microchanges in the market? Do you want end-to-end visibility of work across the enterprise from inception to delivery? If so, this session with Mario Moreira is for you. Discover how to operate in an agile manner at every level of your enterprise and gain the business benefits it can bring. Mario explores innovative concepts such as enterprise kanban, lean canvas, cost of delay, agile budgeting, discovery mindset, incremental thinking, story...

Linda Cook
Project Cooks

Why Won’t They Pair?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Do your developers and testers pair—and do it in the best ways? If you can answer yes, then you are among the fortunate ones who have a trusting environment where people have confidence in their work. Unfortunately, a large number of development shops don’t practice pairing in any form. Pair programing was documented in Kent Beck’s book eXtreme Programming Explained, published in 1999. So why is it that eighteen years later many developers and testers do not practice this simple yet effective programming technique? Linda Cook addresses many reasons that people don’t pair. Drawing on...

Sean McKeever

Balance Discovery and Delivery with Dual-Track Agile

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Do your product teams frequently struggle to have groomed and well-defined stories ready for the developers? Do you find yourselves frequently in “feed the beast” mode to keep your development teams busy? Do your product teams have problems gaining shared understanding across product management, interaction designers, developers, and QA? If so, your product teams manifest the symptoms of single-track agile—and this session is for you. Sean McKeever explains the key steps in establishing dual-track agile methodologies at your organization, presents his experiences, and provides discussion...

Catherine Louis

The Five Common Unconscious Biases Affecting Your Team

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Are you having a difficult time finding female engineers to join your teams? Are you currently working on a project which seems to be going nowhere? Have you ever engaged in what you thought was customer-driven work only to later discover it was stakeholder-driven? When it comes to designing products or software that people use, or when trying to uncover precisely what’s wrong with our workplace, studying the decisions we make is critical. Surprise! Many of our decisions are not made consciously. Examining five common unconscious biases seen in development, Catherine Louis helps us explore...

Mark Richards
Independent Consultant

Leverage Streaming Data in a Microservices Ecosystem

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Imagine a world where operational data is continuously flowing from applications and devices at an extremely high rate. Now imagine services intercepting this data and analyzing it real time. Sounds futuristic? It's not—it's here today. Mark Richards describes what streaming architecture is all about—what it is, when to use it, and how to implement it in a microservices ecosystem. Mark describes the overall ecosystem for streaming architecture—including a brief discussion about the differences in Apache Spark, Flink, and Hadoop—and then explains how Apache Kafka works. Using live coding...

Niranjalee Rajaratne
Third Bridge

A Holistic Approach to Software Quality: Yes, You Can!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

As software organizations grow, maintaining quality is vital. As digital transformation gains strength in the industry, both clients and IT demand increased delivery speed. Thus, traditional test methods are being challenged, and a paradigm shift is required that emphasizes testing and recognizes the need for expanded skill sets to meet this demand. However, quality is not all about testing. Niranjalee Rajaratne believes it is important to create a culture that supports a quality organization and understands the value it brings. She describes why we must choose and encourage processes that...

Greg Law

Stop Intermittent Test Failures that Slow the Continuous Delivery Pipeline

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm

Intermittent failures ruin the whole premise of continuous delivery (CD). In fact, they undermine any software QA process, since they break the fundamental assumption that if your test suite passes, you are good to deploy. Automated testing can run orders of magnitude more tests than manual testing but may result in an ever growing backlog of tests that fail intermittently for reasons that aren’t understood. Whether this is embarrassing, annoying, or scary depends on your sensitivity to risk. No matter the level of your pipeline’s sophistication, you need to reproduce the defect before you...

Amir Rozenberg
Perfecto Mobile

Make DevOps Work: Practices to Achieve High Quality Apps

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm

Amir Rozenberg describes a pragmatic approach to help your team deliver apps to market faster while gaining insight into their behavior in production. He describes how a major bank, health care provider, and telco crossed the bridge from inefficient delivery processes. Now teams leverage Selenium automation tests to deliver quality applications that reduce churn, require less effort to support, and positively impact customer reviews. Amir details practices to accelerate application optimization by introducing production insight in sprint requirements, ensuring monitoring methodology...

V. Lee Henson

The Top Five Agile Concepts That Most Companies Completely Miss

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Organizations claim to be going agile. Many agile leaders promise twice the results in half the time. Unfortunately, most organizations and leaders fail before they even start. In five basic concepts Lee Henson shares the reasons for their failures. First, focusing on the outcome instead of the output is critical for agile project success. Second, organizations that succeed are those that take time to eliminate technical debt and focus on test automation. Third, as organizations strive to be precise in their estimates, they are learning that time-based estimation was never intended to be...

Rob Keefer

Fail Smart, Not Just Fast: Use Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

You’re a professional project manager or ScrumMaster. Your software development projects never fail because you follow all the best practices. Right? We all know better. Unfortunately, many projects fail, and they fail due to issues outside the team's control. The reality is that we need to reconsider what failure looks like and plan for it when it happens. Rob Keefer introduces a tool—Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)—that has been used in engineering disciplines for many years and successfully applied to software development project management. FMEA shines a light on the...

Sheetal Patel
The Vanguard Group

They Said, We Said: Bridge the Communication Gap with Behavior-Driven Development

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Have you heard that only 36 percent of business features built into software are actually used by end users? And why do we get functionality that fails to work as expected? One of the age-old problems between IT and our clients is that we don’t speak the same language. Sheetal Patel shares her experience of how behavior-driven development (BDD) introduces the bridge of common language that both IT and non-technical, business clients can speak to build the right product. Sheetal explains how collaborating on agile teams with BDD gains a common understanding among developers, testers, and...

Ken Pugh
Ken Pugh, Inc.

A Lean Tour of Lean Software Development

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Lean software development has been described as “better, faster, cheaper” and focused on “eliminating waste,” but those are misnomers. Going after speed improvement and waste elimination can actually reduce the benefits you might otherwise get from lean. Ken Pugh describes what lean software development really is and why you should be incorporating it into your development efforts—whether you use Scrum, kanban, or SAFe. Ken explains the mindset, principles, and practices of lean. Its foundations are systems thinking, a relentless focus on time, and an understanding that complex systems...

Stephen Frein

Hands-On Machine Learning Using the R Language

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

After you hear Stephen Frein's keynote on intelligent software, join him for a hands-on tour of machine learning techniques. Using the free R language and the RStudio IDE, Stephen guides you through a sampling of machine learning techniques and discusses how these techniques can be used for both understanding and prediction. Follow along as he extracts data from online sources and builds machine learning models in real time to predict numeric values, assign classifications, and categorize textual sources of information. Experiment with the demonstrated methods by modifying the code and...

Damian Synadinos
Ineffable Solutions

Word Smatter: Exploring Semantics, Testers, and Problems

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

“Testers [do|don’t] (help) [prevent|detect] problems.” Throughout his career, Damian Synadinos has encountered many variations of this phrase, which uses just a few small words to express many big ideas. It is important to understand what each word means individually to better understand the ideas they convey collectively. The study of the meaning in words is semantics. Damian begins with a brief and broad overview of semantics and some related ideas, which set the stage for deep analysis of each individual word and its potential meaning. We consider: Testers—What might this word mean in...

Bill Roberts
Capital One
James La Spada
Capital One

The Mass Extinction of Manual Processes: A DevOps Success Story

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Large organizations can be filled with manual processes, and many people feel they are stuck with them. Bill Roberts and James La Spada tell the story of how Capital One used DevOps culture and kanban principles to significantly increase the speed of feature delivery—while lowering risk. Their team took the name Meteor, inspired by the big one that took out the dinosaurs, because they wanted to cause the mass extinction of these manual processes. Work at Capital One was previously completed manually, and many inefficiencies were evident. Bill and James helped drive the transformation to a...

T.j. Randall

My Dad Won’t Buy Me a DevOps

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Many IT managers find themselves banging their heads against a wall trying to get upper management to invest in DevOps. Managers see clear opportunities to implement it into their organizations but get a No from senior executives. Many managers are frustrated that, despite all the blustering in their companies about corporate initiatives for transformation, any attempt to implement improvements peters out quickly. T.j. Randall discusses the various stages of the software release pipeline. He offers a detailed demonstration of how to calculate the cost of each stage and suggests financial...

Thursday, November 9

Gitte Ottosen
Sogeti Denmark

We Are Doing Agile But, But, But …

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

“We are doing agile, but the only tests we do in a sprint are unit tests” or “We are doing agile, but we have a hardening phase at the end, which is really more of a system integration test” or “We are doing agile, but testing is done by a separate test team.” Sound familiar? Gitte Ottosen says that these agile transition failures prevent teams from getting the maximum value out of the agile context. Failing to create a mindset and environment where quality is built-in continuously and testing is an integrated part of the development lifecycle are risks not only to quality in classical...

Karen Holliday
Halogen Software

Awesome Agile and How We Did It: Halogen’s Journey

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Many organizations struggle to achieve predictable, high quality software delivery. However, agile software processes are not prescriptive, and we recognize that processes are continuously evolving to improve delivery, consistency, and quality. Karen Holliday describes the challenges that Halogen Software experienced in the past five years as they moved from waterfall delivery to the agile/scrum development model. Karen shares the strategies implemented at Halogen that have led to a string of five on-time quality releases—including two early releases. Learn how to plan in an agile (ALM)...

Heather Fullen
Infinite Energy

Agile Testing Is All about Risk—Not Bugs and Quality

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Many organizations make huge investments in software testing, and unfortunately they often don’t understand or extract full value from these activities. This can lead to testing being viewed as a mere formality or necessary evil within an organization. Fortunately, we can deliver more value with relatively minor adjustments to our approaches. The transition to agile practices provides a natural opportunity for test specialists and others to put these adjustments into practice. Plan-driven approaches can also be adjusted to increase the value delivered from testing activities. Heather...

Matthew Phillip

The NoEstimates Game: Improve Predictability with Less Effort

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Wondering what NoEstimates means in practice, or why you would want to adopt NoEstimates? erhaps you’ve heard the buzz or read Vasco Duarte’s book. Maybe you simply want to understand how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software—all while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability. If so, Matthew Phillip says you can play a board game that helps you find out through simulation—what and to what degree different factors influence delivery time. Join Matthew to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data...

Faye Thompson
CareWorks Tech

It's All in Your Head: Use Neuroscience to Improve Performance

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

We humans process millions of bits of information each day. In order to handle that data load, our brains have developed shortcuts to take advantage of patterns, shared knowledge, and experience. Unfortunately, sometimes those shortcuts lead us astray, causing us to draw inaccurate conclusions. Faye Thompson says these shortcuts are amplified when we bring together a team of people, all trying to work together. Understanding how and why our brains take shortcuts to process all the incoming data can help us recognize when it's happening, take measures to correct our course, and even use...


Task-Oriented Unit Testing for Agile and Traditional Projects

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Developers are charged with developing software at lightning speed, often using new and unreliable technologies. Rob Sabourin shares a task-oriented method for organizing unit testing to help programmers and other team members get to consistently done working code, testing beyond the code. Rob approaches unit testing from the viewpoint of completing all the technical work required to fulfill a requirement, exercising the entire vertical technology stack and going beyond raw code. Programmers learn when and how unit test design can be implemented blending white box and black box techniques...

Liz Rice
Aqua Security

Containers: Are They Virtual Machines with Magical Powers?

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Containers are all the rage. But if you're going to use them—especially in production—you need a good conceptual foundation so you can understand their capabilities and implications. People often describe containers as “lightweight virtual machines,” which is misleading as it suggests there's some sort of hypervisor involved. Liz Rice explains what a container really is while creating one live with just a few lines of code. Learn what namespaces, control groups, and changing root are, and how to use them to create a container and give it a restricted view of what’s happening on the host...

Larry Maccherone
Independent Consultant

DevSecOps Manifesto and Process Model for Secure Applications

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The bad guys don't break in through the highly secure bank vault door; they attack the crumbly bricks and mortar of the vault walls. The same is true for application security. The vast majority of incidents don't target security features like encryption, authentication, and authorization. Rather, the target is vulnerabilities in the boring, non-secure parts of the code. In many organizations, the security function is still largely thrown-over-the-wall, but things are changing. Larry Maccherone believes we cannot prevent the vast majority of incidents with a bolt-on approach to security. We...

Susan Lin
Enable Agile

Sustaining Agility—After the Consultants Leave

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Organizations transitioning to agile often hire external consultants to help them become more agile. However, what tends to happen six months after the consultants leave is that the organization is often left with more—and different—problems than they had before. Susan Lin says this happens because the organization was not set-up to deal with the new challenges. Susan shares the Help Agility Stay framework and shows how you can help your organization grow and sustain agility by applying the three main principles of the framework—create a shared vision of agility, co-create a learning...

Todd Jones
Westfield Insurance

Put Agile to the Test: A Case Study for Test Agility on a Large IT Project

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile practices, although applicable to a variety of situations, are most commonly applied to IT projects, generally for software development. Can you apply agile methods to just part of a software implementation project? Todd Jones presents this case study where agile techniques were applied to the testing phase of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar IT program that included replacing a legacy system, new software development, creation of a new enterprise data model and document management solution, and complex financial balancing. After briefly describing the challenges faced by the...

Paul Wynia
Strategic Play USA

Discover Your Team’s Values with LEGO® Serious Play®

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Creating a cohesive team doesn’t require knowledge of dark arts or forbidden rituals. In fact, under the right circumstances, it can even be fun! Using exercises built around the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) methodologies, Paul Wynia explores techniques that ensure full team engagement and collaboration resulting in more meaningful discussions. Working as teams, discover Team Values using a series of individual and collaborative LSP builds. Once the Team Values are defined, use them to guide your team’s behaviors. These are finally turned into the Team Working Agreement, a powerful tool for...


Use Mind Maps to Increase Team Velocity and Communication

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Ever sit in a strategy review session and get little or no participation from others? Or feel like you left a planning session with a different understanding of what was agreed to? If you feel there must be a more effective way to communicate important information around your strategy and plans and you want a better way to document it so your stakeholders will both understand and engage in providing useful feedback, Jennifer Bonine has a solution for you. Join Jennifer as she describes mind mapping tools and techniques and explore how mind maps can help increase team velocity and...

Siva Katir
PlayFab, Inc.

Risk Aware, Not Risk Averse

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Most of us dread failures. But things go wrong. We can become paralyzed by the fear of being the creator of the next outage or critical bug. After a failure, we often hold a postmortem, but this rarely addresses how we can be more proactive in preventing catastrophes. Considering our missteps, failures, and outright crash and burns, we can learn how to ask the right questions at the right time. Siva Katir has thirteen years of experience causing and surviving failures—from the mundane to the maddening. Siva shares the lessons he has learned analyzing his, his co-workers, and his...

Dave Westerveld
Ansys, Inc.

Automation Anti-Patterns: Deal with Them

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Automation is vital to modern testing. But if you listen to what testers complain about, problems with test automation is a recurring theme. We complain about how hard it is to add, run, or change tests. We grumble about how difficult it is to keep up with developers who keep breaking tests and bemoan the number of bugs missed by our automation. Dave Westerveld digs into some of these frustrations and shares real-life examples of automation anti-patterns. These include test bloat and some of the reasons for it, or what happens if we don't leverage automation in the right places. Dave...

Anders Wallgren
Electric Cloud

Microservices and Docker at Scale: The PB&J of Modern Systems

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

After predominantly being used in the build/test stage, Docker has matured and is expanding into production deployment. Similarly, microservices are expanding from greenfield web services to use throughout the enterprise as organizations explore ways to decompose their monolithic systems to support faster release cycles. Anders Wallgren says running microservices-based systems in a containerized environment makes a lot of sense—both for build and test, and from a runtime perspective in production. This makes Docker and microservices natural companions, forming the foundation for modern...

Logan Daigle

Measure DevOps for Objective Continuous Improvement Practices

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Logan Daigle says DevOps has brought about unprecedented changes in the way organizations solve problems and break down silos. DevOps is empowering employees to automate expensive processes and leverage the power of cross-functional teams to benefit development and operations culture. DevOps is helping bridge a culture gap and focuses on providing shorter feedback loops with more responsiveness to failure. But are we missing something here? Do we really know how much all of these process and automation improvements cost? Do we really know if we are improving our products, processes,...

Dave West

Scale: The Most Hyped Term in Agile Development Today

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Scrum is everywhere. More than 90 percent of agile teams use it. But for many organizations wanting to scale agile, one team using Scrum is not enough. Dave West says the Nexus Framework, created by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, provides an exoskeleton for Scrum. Nexus allows multiple teams to work together to produce an integrated increment regularly. It addresses the key challenges of scaling agile development by adding new yet minimal events, artifacts, and roles to the Scrum framework. Dave discusses Nexus, addresses its boundaries, and explains what else is needed for agile...

Glen Morris

Turn the Lights On: A Power Utility Company's Agile Transformation

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Why would a century-old utility with no direct competitors take on the challenge of transforming its entire IT application organization to an agile methodology? In an increasingly interconnected world, the expectations of customers continue to evolve. From smart meters to smart phones, IoT is creating a crisis point for industries not accustomed to rapid change. Glen Morris explains that pizzas can be tracked by the minute and packages at every stop, and customers now expect this same customer service model should exist for all industries—including power. Glen examines how to create...

David Oddis
College Board

From QA Director to ScrumMaster: My Long and Strange Trip

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The IT field is experiencing significant change and growth. And reinventing yourself is often necessary to stay relevant, thrive, and innovate in today’s modern agile world. More and more organizations are making the strategic decision to adopt agile practices to remain cost-effective in the face of a rapidly changing business climate. As a result of these trends, you may find your career in jeopardy. David Oddis did—as he saw his senior management position disappear. David describes how he recognized the shift, adapted, and became a thriving player in the agile transformation within the...


Cultural Intelligence: A Key Skill for Success

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Diversity is becoming the norm in everyday life. However, introducing global delivery models without a proper understanding of intercultural differences can lead to difficulty, frustration, and reduced productivity. Priyanka Sharma and Thena Barry say that in our diverse world, we need teams with people who can cross these boundaries, communicate effectively, and build the diverse networks necessary to avoid problems. We need to learn about cultural intelligence (CI) and cultural quotient (CQ). CI is the ability to relate and work effectively across cultures. CQ is the cognitive,...

Matt Wallens

Design by Discovery to Stop Building Bad Software

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Two common situations lead to bad software—the project team isn’t aligned on the problem or the customer isn’t involved in the design process. Either way, you end up with a product that the business didn’t ask for, the tech team struggles to deliver, and customers don’t want. So, how do you increase confidence in the direction of your product and work together to build innovative solutions that bring the business, technology, and customers together? Garren DiPasquale and Matt Wallens introduce, a process to understand business goals and customer needs. It isn’t about designing screens or...

David Dang
Zenergy Technologies

Mobile Testing: What—and What Not—to Automate

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Organizations are moving rapidly into mobile technology, which has significantly increased the demand for testing of mobile applications. David Dangs says testers naturally are turning to automation to help ease the workload, increase potential test coverage, and improve testing efficiency. But should you try to automate all things mobile? Unfortunately, the answer is not always clear. Mobile has its own set of complications, compounded by a wide variety of devices and OS platforms. Join David to learn what mobile testing activities are ripe for automation—and those items best left to...

Steve Jones
Redgate Software

Databases in a Continuous Integration/Delivery Process

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

DevOps is transforming software development with many organizations adopting lean development practices, implementing continuous integration (CI), and performing regular continuous deployment (CD) to their production environments. However, the database is largely ignored and often seen as a bottleneck in the DevOps process. Steve Jones discusses the challenges of database development and why many developers find the database to be an impediment to the CD process. Steve shares the techniques you can use to fit a database into the DevOps process. Learn how to store database code in a version...

Leon Fayer

A Business-First Approach to DevOps Implementation

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

DevOps is a cultural shift aimed at streamlining intergroup communication and improving operational efficiency for development and operations groups. Over time, inclusion of other IT groups under the DevOps umbrella has become the norm for many organizations. But even broadening the boundaries of DevOps, the conversation has been largely devoid of the business units’ place at the table. A common mistake organizations make while going through the DevOps transformation is drawing a line at the IT boundary. If that occurs, a larger, more inclusive silo within the organization is created,...

Jeff Dalton
Broadsword Solutions

Agile Performance Holarchy (APH)—A Model for Scaling Agile Teams

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

A hierarchy is an organizational network that has a top and a bottom, and where position is determined by rank, importance, and value. A holarchy is a network that has no top or bottom and where each person’s value derives from his ability, rather than position. As more companies seek the benefits of agile, leaders need to build and sustain delivery capability while scaling agile without introducing unnecessary process and overhead. The Agile Performance Holarchy (APH) is an empirical model for scaling and sustaining agility while continuing to deliver great products. Jeff Dalton designed...

Steve Martin

Pin the Tail on the Metric: A Field-Tested Agile Game

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Metrics don’t have to be a necessary evil. If done right, metrics can help guide us to make better forward-looking decisions, rather than being used for simply managing or monitoring. They can help us identify trade-offs between options for what to do next versus punitive or worse, purely managerial measures. Steve Martin won’t be giving the Top Ten List of field-tested metrics you should use. Instead, in this interactive mini-workshop, he leads you through the critical thinking necessary for you to determine what is right for you to measure. First, Steve explores why you want to measure...

Steve Berczuk

Resolve the Contradiction of Specialists within Agile Teams

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As teams grow, organizations often draw a distinction between feature teams, which deliver the visible business value to the user, and component teams, which manage shared work. Steve Berczuk says that this distinction can help organizations be more productive and scale effectively, but he recognizes that not all shared work fits into this model. Some work is best handled by “specialists,” that is people with unique skills. Although teams composed entirely of T-shaped people is ideal, certain skills are hard to come by and are used irregularly across an organization. Since these...

Rob Burkett
Buckle Down & Grind

The Fourth Constraint in Project Delivery—Leadership

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

All too often, the triple constraints—time, cost, and quality—are bandied about as if they are the be-all, end-all. While they are important, leadership—the fourth and larger underpinning constraint—influences the first three. Statistics on project success and failure abound, and these measurements are usually taken against the triple constraints. According to the Project Management Institute, only 53 percent of projects are completed within budget, and only 49 percent are completed on time. If so many projects overrun budget and are late, we can’t really say, “Good, fast, or cheap—pick...

Nikunj Gupta
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Ambiguity Reviews: A Giant Leap for Requirements

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Designing a great product starts with understanding its requirements. In our industry, natural language is the most used representation for documenting requirements. Nikunj Gupta knows that the problem with natural language lies in its inherent ambiguity. And ambiguity increases during the requirements process due either to lack of clarity of what’s being stated or improper interpretation of what has been documented. Whatever the reason, the cost of implementing ambiguous requirements is very high. An ambiguity review is an effective approach to address the root cause of problems by...

Gene Chorba
Ionic Security

Implement Practical and Proven Encryption Practices

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

From its earliest times, software development has featured commercial and government-grade encryption libraries. Encryption libraries make it possible for organizations to protect data with the highest level of security. Gene Chorba says that despite a big push in the past few years to use encryption to combat security breaches, lack of expertise among developers and overly complex libraries have led to widespread implementation failures in business applications. Although any developers believe they know how to implement crypto, they haven't had any specific training in cryptography and...

Sumit Kumar

Transform Test Organizations for the New World of DevOps

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

With the recent emergence of DevOps across the industry, testing organizations are being challenged to transform themselves significantly within a short period of time to stay meaningful within their organizations. It’s not easy to plan and approach these changes considering the way testing organizations have remained structured for ages. These challenges start from foundational organizational structures and can cut across leadership influence, competencies, tools strategy, infrastructure, and other dimensions. Sumit Kumar shares his experience assisting various organizations to overcome...

Chris Parlette

Eliminate Cloud Waste with a Holistic DevOps Strategy

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Chris Parlette maintains that renting infrastructure on demand is the most disruptive trend in IT in decades. In 2016, enterprises spent $23B on public cloud IaaS services. By 2020, that figure is expected to reach $65B. The public cloud is now used like a utility, and like any utility, there is waste. Who's responsible for optimizing the infrastructure and reducing wasted expenses? It’s DevOps. The excess expense, known as cloud waste, comprises several interrelated problems: services running when they don't need to be, improperly sized infrastructure, orphaned resources, and shadow IT....