Nicole Forsgren is the CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). Nicole is an IT impacts expert who is best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She is a consultant, expert, and researcher in knowledge management, IT adoption and impacts, and DevOps. In a previous life, she was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst. Nicole has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been featured in various media outlets, peer-reviewed journals, and conferences. She holds a PhD in management information systems and a master’s degree in accounting.
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Real-world accessibility fails
Nicolas Steenhout (Part of a Whole)
It’s easy to focus only on web accessibility, but there are a lot of barriers in the built environment. Most of them are the result of poor planning or thinking. In a humorous, eye-opening talk, Nicolas uses photos of situations he’s come across to discuss accessibility and think through how to avoid creating these kinds of barriers when developing sites or apps.
The case for chaos: Thinking about failure holistically
Patrick Higgins (Gremlin)
Patrick explains why, as your systems increase in complexity, proactively introducing failure through cross-team GameDays not only improves your overall uptime but also encourages more resilient implementations across the stack.
The digital obstacle course
Rakesh Chaudhary (Akamai)
Imagine you went to a Gap store, and before entering you had to fill out a survey based on your experience. Now imagine trying to shop for groceries, but all the aisles are empty, and the staff is populating the shelves as you walk past them. It sounds absurd, yet that’s what we subject digital users to today. Rakesh explores how strange some of the digital design practices would be if planted in the real world.
Using the cloud to build a security reputation system at scale
Eric Chou (A10 Networks)
Merchant silicon is becoming powerful enough to house millions of filter entries. In his O’Reilly book Distributed Denial of Service, Eric explained the necessity of a real-time “IP Yellow Pages.” Here, Eric outlines how determining the source reputation of an incoming request can help you efficiently drop the bad requests upstream and mitigate DDoS attacks at scale.
Perhaps you aren’t doing it wrong (sponsored by Heptio)
Bryan Liles (Heptio)
Common retorts from tech types include “You are doing it wrong,” “RTFM,” and “Well, actually. . .” But what if we aren’t doing it wrong? What if we’re right and the rest of the industry is wrong? In grand Lightning Talk fashion, Bryan leads a deep dive into this phenomenon and exposes it for what it’s worth. Or perhaps he’ll just embrace being wrong. Worse things could happen.
Why improv will make you better at your job
Donna Malayeri (Pulumi)
There’s lots of buzz about improv, and it’s all true. Improv will make you a better speaker and improve your collaboration skills, and it can even help you let go of your ego. Donna outlines the core principles of improv and explains why it’s more than just comedy—it’s a workout for your social skills.
It’s not continuous delivery if you can’t deploy right now
Ken Mugrage (ThoughtWorks)
People often say that they’re practicing continuous delivery and then add something like “I can let the security team know any time” or “I just have to run the performance tests.” They might have really good continuous integration, but, as Ken explains, it’s not CD if you can’t deploy right now.
Those crazy (smart) humans
Jennifer Prendki (Figure Eight)
It’s 2018, and our understanding of the human creative process is still embarrassingly disappointing. If there’s one thing we know, though, it’s that the most groundbreaking innovations of all time have often originated from the craziest ideas. Jennifer asks, “What if the eccentricity that is characteristic of the human brain is the missing ingredient to building artificially intelligent systems?”
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