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Thursday, May 25 • 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Agile Operations Teams - Kanban, Scrum, and WorkCenters

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Operations teams typically struggle to make and keep commitments larger than a few days due to the myriad of break fix, operational change, and tuning work that happens on a daily basis. Larger projects, such as critical hardware replacement, core software upgrades, and other tasks that are often important for security reasons, performance reasons, etc. go undone or end up partially done with the difficult items lanquishing.

At Kasasa, the speakers have worked out a way to handle projects large and small while continuing to maintain the flow style work necessary to "run the business."  They combined the types of work and work center notions from Gene Kim's seminole DevOps book The Phoenix Project with the Scrum and Kanban Agile models in order to organize their teams to address technical debt and business projects.

This talk will not only explore what their company is doing today, but begin by taking a look at the larger situation along with failed attempts at team organization and the application of DevOps and Agile thinking. Attendees will walk away with more than a, "Wow, that is a neat way to organize," but also have a model to think about the application of Agile in a less traditional - and more volatile - situation.

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Boyd Hemphill

Director of Cloud Infrastructure, Contrast Security
Boyd Hemphill is the CTO at VictoryCTO where he helps customers win in their respective markets by realizing the potential of their technology. Boyd is a DevOps raconteur and thought leader in the silicon hills of Austin Texas. Boyd founded Austin DevOps and plays a role in the... Read More →
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Christa Meck

Scrum Master, Kasasa
For over 20 years, Christa has been helping teams find sanity in the chaotic world of Information Technology. As a Scrum Master at Kasasa, Christa introduced Agile to non-development teams with heavy interrupt-driven work and showed them it's possible to complete projects too! With... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Room 2
  Product Management