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.
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.
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.
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 😉
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 🙂
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.