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October 12–14, 2015 • New York, NY

organizational optimization conference sessions

11:20am–12:00pm Wednesday, 10/14/2015
Dan McKinley (Stripe)
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How do you choose the technology to run your business? You should use the best tools for the job, of course. But the precise definitions of the words "best" and "job" are tricky. This talk gives these terms shape, and introduces a framework for thinking about new technology rigorously, holistically, and systematically.
4:35pm–5:15pm Tuesday, 10/13/2015
Aly Fulton (Travis CI)
Despite being comfortable working with distributed systems, the idea of a remote, distributed team seems to make some companies uneasy. This talk aims to change that, by examining the advantages of remote teams for both companies and employees, as well as discussing remote-friendly DevOps strategies.
9:00am–5:00pm Monday, 10/12/2015
Jennifer Davis (Microsoft), Ryn Daniels (Etsy)
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In this one-day introductory training, you will identify actionable strategies and tools that can be used to leverage DevOps to implement noticeable, long-lasting improvements to your culture and development processes in your environment, regardless of your level and role.
1:15pm–1:55pm Tuesday, 10/13/2015
Fredric Mitchell (Better Weekdays)
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The greatest asset of open source software is the ability to fork and improve. When it comes to tech culture, are we accepting all pull requests? Can we be better? If so, how? To the science!
11:20am–12:00pm Tuesday, 10/13/2015
James Turnbull (Microsoft)
Building a modern monitoring environment is more than just using the latest awesome tools, collecting all the data, displaying numerous graphs, and knowing when things go wrong. A modern monitoring environment is more than tools and infrastructure. It's a service. A service you provide to your whole team: developers, operations, security, and the business.
9:35am–9:55am Wednesday, 10/14/2015
Jeff Gothelf (Neo Innovation)
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Simply being able to ship software faster doesn’t actually mean we’re building better products. In this talk, Jeff will cover how our increasingly continuous capabilities are leading to an increasingly continuous *culture*.
9:40am–10:05am Monday, 10/12/2015
After Agile/Scrum as our development methodology, we made the transition to DevOps, with joint responsibility for production together with a representative of the business. The next step is to transform our entire organisation into tribes, squads, and chapter leads. Business and IT are now very close to each other. How will they cooperate?
11:00am–12:30pm Monday, 10/12/2015
Mike Rembetsy (Bloomberg), Patrick McDonnell (Etsy)
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How can your organization scale management without sacrificing the culture you have worked hard to build? Grow your own managers! This talk will focus on the steps Etsy has taken to overcome the pitfalls that lie in the path of transitioning from individual contributor to manager, and how to encourage those who want to become managers for the right reasons.
3:40pm–4:20pm Tuesday, 10/13/2015
J. Paul Reed (Release Engineering Approaches), Jim Kimball (HedgeServ Corporation)
Service level agreements are the bedrock upon which many relationships in our industry are based. But are they serving us well? In this talk, we'll deconstruct SLAs, examine how they incentivize precisely the opposite behaviors we actually want while operating complex socio-technical systems, and explore what might replace this ubiquitous clause of every business contract.
2:10pm–2:50pm Wednesday, 10/14/2015
Kyle Parrish (Fidelity Investments), David Halsey (Fidelity Investments)
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How do you stress test a brokerage system in production if you can't risk orders processing, trades executing, or violating regulatory obligations? The answer used to be: "We don't." But the flash crash and other market anomalies exposed the risks inherent in not testing production. Hear what we learned as we built a way to do what had been written off as "too big to test."
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 10/14/2015
Joseph Lynch (Yelp), Josh Snyder (Yelp)
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Yelp’s move to a service oriented architecture has required us to change the way we think about datastores. With the ability to rapidly provision application services, we have also found ourselves supporting many datastores with varying SLAs. This talk will discuss the technical and cultural elements we dealt with as we empowered developers to choose from a menu of datastores.

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