February 23–26, 2020
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Go faster, be safer: Release velocity and psychological safety (sponsored by LaunchDarkly)

Heidi Waterhouse (LaunchDarkly)
2:15pm3:05pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Sutton Center
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)



We often think about speed and danger as being closely related, but we now have empirical proof that faster, smaller releases tend to cause fewer outages and less downtime for our software systems. You can use that understanding to build systems that allow for the fallibility of humans and systems.

Continuous delivery requires that we’re able to deploy broken code into production without negatively affecting anyone. Heidi Waterhouse explains how to adopt this continuous delivery mind-set in yourself and in your teams. You’ll learn what makes speed safer, how teams can support each other with successful failures, and why we hold to superstitions about control when we have proof to the contrary.

Join in if you’re struggling with the tension between quality, speed, and accuracy. You’ll leave with a new perspective on how small and fast a change can be—and how allowing change makes teams healthier.

This session is sponsored by LaunchDarkly.

What you'll learn

  • Learn how continuous delivery can benefit your teams with fewer outages and less downtime
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Heidi Waterhouse


Heidi Waterhouse is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she’s sure there is a pocket for the mic.

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  • LaunchDarkly
  • LightStep
  • Red Hat
  • ThoughtWorks
  • Auth0
  • Check Point Software
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  • Datadog
  • Diamanti
  • Octobot.io
  • Optimizely
  • Perforce
  • Robin.io
  • SmartBear
  • Tidelift
  • WhiteSource
  • Synopsys
  • AxonIQ
  • Codefresh
  • CodeStream
  • Hello2morrow
  • LogRocket
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  • Solo.io
  • CNN
  • Boundless Notions, LLC

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