Agile 2017 Conference, day 4 & 5 notes

I started the day with the session “The pursuit of DevOps: 3 unique Microsoft journeys leading to a customer-focused path“, it was very interesting to hear real world experiences in first person.

Then I attended to the session “API Testing FUNdamentals” by JoEllen Carter and Dan Gilkerson. It was a hands-on session. Without any doubt it was the best session I attended in the whole conference.

In the afternoon I delivered my session “Infrastructure Patterns for Continuous Delivery“.

The day ended with the Conference Party at Pointe Orlando: drinks, food and live music!

The Friday was a short day, just the morning, in the first slot there were open space sessions and in the second: the closing keynote by Denise Jacobs. I can not say nothing about it because I didn’t attend because I was already on my way back home.

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Agile 2017 Conference, day 3 notes

They started with the keynote by Jez Humble about Continuous Delivery. Nothing new for me, but it was interesting to hear some real world cases with concrete stats.

At 10.45 I went to the session Design Patterns Thinking and Architecture at Scale by Al Shalloway. The session was focused more on design patterns than on architecture at scale.

In the afternoon I attended to Rebeca’s session titled Three Practices for Paying Ongoing Attention to System Qualities, I think 2 of the 3 presented practices could be very useful for my current project.

My last session was High Performing Teams: Want to watch one in action? Absolutely! by Bryan Miles. For me, the session was one of the best sessions of the whole conference. Brian invited a quartet: 3 violins and 1 cello. This quartet had been playing together for a long time and were in fact a high performance team. The dynamic of the session was focused on the quartet following “some rules” while playing and the audience analysed and discussed the interaction among the musicians.

The day ended with the Extravagan-Zoo activity that was a an opportunity to do some networks while sharing some drinks and food with the sponsors. Nice.

Agile 2017 Conference, day 2 notes

There was no keynote, so I went directly the session High Performance via Psychological Safety by Joshua Kerievsky y Heidi Helfland. Nice session, I got several resources to investigate.

A session that I really enjoyed was Writing better BDD scenarios which was facilitated by Seb Rose (cucumber) and Gaspar Nagy (specfow). The session was workshop type, the content was very useful and the dynamic of the session was very appropriated.

At the end of the day there was a session called “Agile tonight!” that was like a TV show with interviews, moderated by Paul Hammond. I just visited this session for a while because it did not catch my attention. So I moved to a common area to share “mate” drinks with some colleagues.

 

Agile 2017, notes from my Continuous Delivery session

Agile 2017, notes from my Continuous Delivery session

Last Thursday I delivered my session “Infrastructure patterns for Continuous Delivery“. There were about 40 participants, most of them developers. The session flowed as expected and was completed on time. There was a very good interaction with the participants. At the end of the session I asked the participants to rank the session (1 to 5) and I got an average of 4.5 😉

Here are the slides of the session.

 

Agile2017, notes from my DevOps session

Agile2017, notes from my DevOps session

On Monday afternoon I deliver my session “DevOps, an adoption model based on Maslow’s hierarchy”. There were about 60 participants, with a good balance of technical and non-technical roles. The session flowed as expected, the participants interacted in a very collaborative way. At the end of the session I asked the participants to rank the session (1 to 5) and I got an average of 4 🙂

Here are the slides I used during the session and here you can find some pictures of the participants and also of the posters created during the session.

Agile 2017 Conference, day 1 notes

A lady jumped onto the main stage, her name was Tricia Broderick, chair of the conference. She did some announcements and invited Phil Brock, Agile Alliance managing director, to the stage. He did some more announcements. Finally keynote speaker David Marquet took the stage to talk about leadership and engagement. The talk was based his book Turn your ship around!. It was an interesting talk and David was a great speaker.

After the keynote I attended to the session “DevOps Performance Measurement” by Dennis Ehle.

After the lunch I delivered my session about DevOps, for now I will just say that it was fine because I plan to write another article about it.

In the time-slot after my session I went around 3 different sessions because none of them caught my attention.

To close the day I went to the Sponsor Exhibit & Ice Breaker Reception to share some snacks and drinks with colleagues and walk around the sponsor’s stands.

Ice Breaker Reception: Hiro, me, Andrés and Juan

 

Agile 2017 Conference, day 0 notes

For some participants the conference started on Sunday. That was my case. There were a couple of things that caught my attention:

  • The registration desk was already open, so those arriving on Sunday can register and avoid any potential queue on Monday morning.
  • There was an “Early registration Meet & Greet” to start getting in contact with other attendees.
  • There was a “First time attendee orientation” session. It is the first time I see something like this, but given the conference is huge (over 2000 participant) it made sense to have some orientation.