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Schedule: Culture & Organizational Change sessions

Learn about DevOps at scale (e.g. in large organizations), building resilient teams and managing change, diversity, and navigating compliance-heavy environments while still remaining true to your organizational culture.

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Location: 118/119 Level: Intermediate
Mike Rembetsy (Bloomberg)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 7 ratings)
This is the story of Etsy's continuous development process, applied to the workflow of our growing operations team. We will explore the changes to our collaborative relationships, ongoing management challenges, and the changes to workflow that have helped Etsy operations scale. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Non-technical
Mark Barnes (Financial Times)
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 11 ratings)
Unless you are a startup with only one product line you probably have systems that you need to decommission. Chances are those systems are already slowing you down. This session is about the lessons learnt by the decommissioning team at the Financial Times while we tried to put away the old broken toys to make enough space to play with the new ones. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Non-technical
Marni Cohen (Puppet Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 13 ratings)
Mansplaining is tricky to identify, but easy to avoid. It’s also one of the biggest obstacles to creating a diverse technical team — especially one that’s welcoming to women. Learn how to foster a work environment that’s inclusive for all, and build a stronger team. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Non-technical
Jonathan Klein (Attend)
Average rating: ****.
(4.87, 30 ratings)
Human logic, unlike that of the machines which we program and use every day, isn't perfect. We make mistakes, we establish bad mental habits, and we have many cognitive biases that negatively impact our ability to be successful engineers. In this talk I will outline some of the most common biases that show up in engineering organizations, and how to recognize and overcome them. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.63, 19 ratings)
This session will cover the tools and services we are developing to allow BBC teams to build scalable and resilient services on AWS and other providers. We will cover infrastructure provisioning, software building, baking of machine images, service isolation, security, deployment orchestration and more. We will also look at how these tools reflect and shape engineering culture at the BBC. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Advanced
Adam Christian (Sauce Labs Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 25 ratings)
I've spent the last four years at Sauce Labs making the transition from small startup Javascript Developer, to "Engineering Management" in a rapidly growing startup environment. I would like to share what I've learned about management, startups, and personal growth. This is the talk I wish I had seen, regularly, for the last 4 years - it would have saved me mountains of time and heartache. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Intermediate
Philip Reynolds (Workday)
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 7 ratings)
Service orientated architecture and, more recently, microservice architectures have become popular patterns as large scale architectures. The idea of decoupling services and having independently deployable units lends itself well to large scale applications in the cloud. Those same principles of autonomous units can also be applied organisationally leading to greater efficiencies at scale. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Intermediate
Ben Evans (jClarity)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 15 ratings)
In this session, we will discuss how the care and feeding of modern production environments extends beyond the domain of the Ops team, and into development, testing and management functions. We'll examine common communication and other problems (such as cognitive biases), and look at some innovative ways to approach solving them. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Non-technical
James Stewart (jystewart.net)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)
The same commitment to collaboration, communication and empathy that drives devops can be applied much more widely across organisations, bringing together radically different disciplines to respond to user needs. This session looks at how to drive that sort of collaboration and how vital it is to transforming large organisations. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Advanced
Jeff Sussna (Ingineering.IT)
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 13 ratings)
Promise Theory is a formal model for describing complex distributed systems. It can also be used to describe socio-technical systems such as DevOps or even entire digital service organizations. This session will demonstrate Promise Theory’s ability to improve service quality by helping us increase empathy and better understand certainty and uncertainty in the systems we manage. Read more.
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Location: 118/119 Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.47, 15 ratings)
BBC Sport online is Europe's best-loved Sports site handling billions of requests each month. The engineering team behind this has expanded rapidly over the past 2 years and has established new working practices in order to deliver a team as performant as the final product. This session describes the key aspects of our culture, how it's evolved, the challenges we faced and our current approaches. Read more.
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Location: 124/125 Level: Non-technical
Yuval Yeret (AgileSparks)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
The Kanban Method is a way to evolve towards a more effective flow-oriented operation that is very aligned with DevOps thinking. In this session we will see how exactly this process works and how it can help guide legacy enterprises towards the promised land of a DevOps culture, structure and toolchain. Read more.
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Location: 124/125 Level: Non-technical
Patrick McDonnell (Etsy), Mike Rembetsy (Bloomberg)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)
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. Read more.