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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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Courtney Nash Courtney Nash manages all Velocity-related content for O'Reilly Media. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how people learn just about anything. She's been known to teach people how to salsa dance, conduct psychology experiments, or even get air on a mountain bike. When not working on books, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.

Mike Rembetsy Mike Rembetsy has worked in system operations for over ten years in the web, healthcare, online media and financial. He started out in the help desk area but moved to operations shortly after starting and has been building and running data center operations ever since. In previous jobs he worked for NBC Universal, iVillage, and McDonalds. Currently, Michael is VP Technical Operations for Etsy.

Culture & Organizational Change
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Tom Limoncelli (
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 20 ratings)
Devs and Ops engineers have a time management problem. There are too many projects, interruptions, and distractions. We forget stuff. Tom will present techniques for zapping interruptions so you have more time for projects, prioritization techniques so the projects you do work on have the most impact, plus the easiest, most effective way to juggle all your tasks without dropping any. Read more.
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 15 ratings)
Lately it seems that whatever conference you attend everyone is talking about Continuous Delivery: tools, success stories, services, name it. To some people, it seems that DevOps is about Continuous Delivery; but is this really the case? How come CD is such a prominent term? And what is it really about? This talk will try to give a different viewpoint of CD. Read more.
Lara Hogan (Wherewithall), Ryn Daniels (HashiCorp), Jennifer Davis (Microsoft), Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft), Samantha Grumdahl (University of Minnesota)
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 14 ratings)
Many "women in technology" efforts focus on software development, which is necessary but not sufficient. This panel is about women in Operations. How do organizations keep the women already in Ops, encourage more to join, and make the field a more welcoming one? Hear the true stories of women working in Operations today. (Yes, we exist, and we have root!) Read more.
Average rating: ****.
(4.23, 13 ratings)
DevOps is making its way into the corporate enterprise, but it doesn't exist in isolation. It's an enabler. Smart enterprises are using the tech and methods of the web to make the transition from command and control to a more emergent act and adapt model. Read more.
Kalbir Sohi (drie)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
How do you get a large government organisation to take the approach of developing infrastructure and services by testing hypotheses rather than trying to have all the answers up front? I'll talk through some examples of where we have and have not made this work in the UK government's tax department. Read more.
Rodrigo Campos (
Average rating: ****.
(4.69, 13 ratings)
DevOps is catching the attention of companies of all sizes, but how can it be realistically applied to any kind of corporation? This talk will show the audience how Operations team in Brazil evolved from a single DevOps team to a complete shift in the corporate culture that has spread through operations, engineering, and even the business units. Read more.
Nikolas Katsimpra (Columbia University)
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 15 ratings)
Innovative, brilliant products require breaking down organizational silos, which creates conflict. The word “conflict” may include cultural or lingual connotations of violence and destruction, however truth is that once we harness its energy, and steer it in a productive manner, we can completely transform our collective efficiency. Success is all about harnessing the power of conflict. Read more.
Jeff Sussna (Ingineering.IT)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 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.
J. Paul Reed (Release Engineering Approaches)
Average rating: ****.
(4.06, 16 ratings)
Is 2014 the year "DevOps" jumps the shark? And if not, what made it "pop" within our industry in the first place? This talk examines what "DevOps" looks like in a post-DevOps world and what we should focus on, personally and organizationally, to be prepared for it. Read more.
Mehdi Daoudi (Catchpoint)
Average rating: ****.
(4.53, 15 ratings)
If performance is an afterthought, that’s what your business will become to customers. Fast and reliable websites make for happy users, repeat business, and market share, but they’re not built overnight and the work is never complete. Learn how Ops, Devs, DevOps, and Designers must synchronize to create the "culture of quality performance" needed to build and maintain top performing sites. Read more.
Stephen Fishman (MuleSoft)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 6 ratings)
This session will cover the similar underlying philosophies of the DevOps and User Experience movements, and how the recent DevOps awakening in the industry at large just might heal the rift between design/UX and enterprise IT. Read more.
Kimberly Blessing (Think Brownstone, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
Innovative engineers and technical leaders are always championing organizational change, sometimes to the chagrin of those who like the status quo. How do you ensure success without pissing people off? By attending this session to learn how change spreads, what triggers those emotional roadblocks, and the influencing factors you must address to build an audience of receptive change agents. Read more.
jay compton (Healthagen, an Aetna company)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
Engineering principles can apply across the spectrum of technology, from development to operations, or even design and product management. Devops can be scaled to a large organization with the right engineering team, supporting experimentation, and rapid deployment in highly regulated industries. This focus on full-stack engineering also supports a high degree of adaptability in times of change. Read more.