DevExec World + DevLead Conference

Monday, February 7, 2022

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PRO WORKSHOP: Improving Agility by Using Customers’ Definitions of “Quality” and “Done”
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Debbie Levitt
Debbie Levitt
Delta CX, CXO

“Quality”… velocity, productivity, and efficiency? Improved performance? Few or no bugs? Meets stakeholder requirements? “Done”… we did what we planned? Fits business objectives? Coded, tested, documented, and deployable?

Remember our customers? The people paying our salaries? Their satisfaction is supposed to be our *highest* priority. But we fall in love with assumptions about users. We burn weeks coding, testing, merging, and releasing product guesses. We move to the next project, and are interrupted later when we learn that customers aren’t finding much value or quality in that last release. Guessing, assuming, and being reactive aren’t Agile or Lean. Six Sigma would be ashamed of you.

“Architecting for customers’ needs and tasks” and “being Agile” shouldn’t be the polar opposites they often are now. No matter what an Agile coach, scrum master, or stakeholder declares, the customer decides what is “quality,” “done,” and “good enough.”

Learn how to change processes to improve agility, eliminate some Lean waste, and produce better customer outcomes.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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PRO TALK: The Developer Workflow is Broken. Here's How to Fix It.
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Peter Pezaris
Peter Pezaris
New Relic, GVP & GM, Strategy and Developer Tools

Context switching between your IDE, GitHub repo, JIRA, Terminal and Slack is no way to optimize developer collaboration and it results in countless hours of distraction and lack of focus, hurting code quality. Team alignment and productivity depend on just the right mix of collaboration and staying in the zone. At the same time, developers are hindered by lack of visibility into the performance of applications across the entire tech stack. In the future, development teams must be able to troubleshoot their tools in context, integrate telemetry and observability as part of the workflow, and work with engineers on debugging as part of the collaboration. Here we will discuss how such an integration should happen, and we will spell out the benefits that accrue to the individual developer, the team and the organization. 

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OPEN TALK: Go Beyond Speech Recognition with Conversation Intelligence APIs
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Toshish Jawale
Toshish Jawale
Symbl.ai, CTO, Co Founder

Conversation Intelligence (CI) APIs enables to build applications that go beyond basic speech to text, creating a new array of sophisticated AI-driven experiences and functionalities. Basic speech recognition is designed to recognize or respond to explicit words and phrases, while conversation intelligence is capable of contextual comprehension of any human conversations to effectively extract key insights, identify user intent, surface actionable insights, detect sentiment, and more.

Conversation Intelligence has given a rise to a new generation of AI driven applications and platforms across various verticals such as revenue intelligence, tele-health, call centers and customer support, collaboration and productivity platforms and more… 

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OPEN TALK: Security is Everybody's Job
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Tanya Janca
Tanya Janca
NeuraLegion, Advisor

In DevOps everyone performs security work, whether they like it or not. With a ratio of 100/10/1 for Development, Operations, and Security, it’s impossible for the security team alone to get it all done. We must build security into each of “the three ways”; automating and/or improving efficiency of all security activities, speeding up feedback loops for security related activities, and providing continuous learning opportunities in relation to security. While it may sound like the security team needs to learn to sprint, give feedback, and teach at the same time, the real challenge is creating a culture that embodies the mindset that security is everybody's job. 

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PRO TALK: Elevate Your Application with Progressive Delivery
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Ivan Diaz
Ivan Diaz
Bugsnag, a Smartbear Company, Sr. Solutions Engineer

Developers are under increasing pressure to build and ship applications quickly and then add new features consistently to boost user engagement and grow competitive advantage. Moving fast always comes with risks but since moving slow isn’t a popular option, how can development teams ship code with speed whilst strategically managing the risks?  

Progressive delivery is a modern way of developing, testing, and deploying code, which allows development teams to make data-driven decisions throughout the software delivery lifecycle, from pre-production to production.  

Join Ivan Diaz, Manager of Solutions Engineering at Bugsnag, a SmartBear company, to discuss how development teams should be thinking about progressive delivery. 

Register for the session to learn more and ask questions! 

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OPEN TALK: How to Align API Metrics to Product Objectives
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Matt Tanner
Matt Tanner
Moesif, Head of Developer Relations

There are no shortage of API metrics you could track, but how do you aligned to business outcomes. This workshop takes a deep dive on how to align metrics to three key goals: Adoption, Engagement, and Retention. Then, we'll discuss changes you can make to your developer experience for improving these areas. 

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OPEN TALK: How to Overcome Engineering & Product Gaps in a Self-Service World
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Sagi Rodin
Sagi Rodin
Frontegg, CEO

“I really want to develop a tool that aggregates user interactions!”, said no developer ever.

Product-Led Growth (PLG) has stormed into our lives over the past few years. Concepts like usage-based pricing, seamless onboarding, built-in security, and product analytics are now taking a toll on developers. Companies are investing more and more engineering resources on developing self-service features that are shifting the focus from building innovative code for your product’s core technology.

From the product side, this surely looks innovative and unique. However, from the development side, it adds another variable into the equation, which already includes bugs, security issues, never-ending product feedback loops, and other things that stop developers from building exceptional code.

But while investing resources in creating a seamless product experience is crucial, isn’t the core value of the product more important? How can developers build self-service features, while achieving their innovative selves?

In this talk, we will be discussing the application side of the story for PLG success. This will be a practical demonstration of how developers can integrate self-service and data-driven by-design capabilities, while ensuring speed, flexibility, and full user observability, without sacrificing innovation. 

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PRO TALK: Building & Retaining Healthy, Productive Teams
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Lilac Mohr
Lilac Mohr
Pluralsight, Vice President of Engineering

A healthy development team is critical to the success of any technology-led organization. Companies around the globe are not only dealing with a competitive talent landscape but also a technology skills gap that has worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But once you find the right talent, how do you nurture, retain, and keep them successful? Lilac Mohr shares key learnings on what a healthy team looks like and teaches best practices to find opportunities and areas of improvements to keep your team healthy, productive, and successful. 

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PRO TALK: Remote Collaborative Design Sprints
Eugenia Bertulis
Eugenia Bertulis
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Assistant Professor, Interaction Design,

Design Sprints have become an increasingly common tool in Design, Technology, and Business in recent years – teams rely on them to make decisions that are core to their product. When covid appeared in 2020 and many teams went remote-first overnight, this meant that designers everywhere were taking a crash course in facilitating remote collaboration.

In this talk, Eugenia will speak about adapting the Google Sprint Process (and other processes / methods) to the new remote-first world, and will share unique insights gathered from online classroom studio collaborations, serving diverse learning needs. The material was developed in collaboration with Rachel Simpson, and they explain how to run a design sprint or collaborative workshop with remote participants (with suggested tools), unpack common challenges that facilitators may face, and discuss how to pick and choose methods to become a more flexible advanced facilitator. 

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PRO TALK: Building the Next Generation of Secure Developers
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Dave Ferguson
Dave Ferguson
Veracode, Solution Architect

As companies migrate to more resilient cloud infrastructures, threat actors continue to turn their attention to the application landscape as the new entry point for compromising systems.

Despite cyberattacks happening at a pace of every 39 seconds, only 3% of U.S. bachelor's degree graduates have cybersecurity-related skills. While several factors play into this, the most glaring is that faculty just don't know about the security field, leading to gaps between academia and industry. Unfortunately the gap has gotten wider due to constant changes and growing toolchains in software development.

This is compounded by a consistent lack of employee training in secure coding principles and how it applies to the software development life cycle, causing new entrants into software development to be ill-prepared to build secure systems.

In order to continue to defend critical assets and infrastructure in rapidly evolving cloud-centric environments, secure coding principles need to be adopted not only within corporate environments but in the classroom, ensuring that the next generation of developers can build experiences that are not only engaging but also secure.

This session will delve into:

The growing security challenges developers face today
The current perceptions of “security” within the developer community
The need for secure coding education at the university level
Opportunities for learning secure coding in educational and corporate environments

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OPEN TALK: Testing in Production with Feature Flags & Continuous Delivery
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Dave Nielsen
Dave Nielsen
Harness.io, Sr. Director, Community & Developer Relations

Testing in production used to be a joke. In fact, it was a popular "Most interesting man in the world" meme. But as life often imitates art, this meme has become reality. As it turns out, the best tests to learn from are the ones that match production. So when looking for feature flag solutions, developers and software delivery teams find themselves looking for ways to test their code and deployments in prod!

In this talk we will dip our toes into the world of feature flags. We'll begin with an overview of what feature flags are, how to think about them, and why both engineers and business users find them valuable. In addition, you’ll also learn about how to get started with feature flags, and the key things to look out for once you "Do it live!" .

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OPEN TALK: The Future of Databases: Combining Operational and Analytical Data at Massive Scale
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Rob Hedgpeth
Rob Hedgpeth
MariaDB, Developer Relations

In case you haven't heard, relational databases are the new hotness. Why? Distributed SQL. Wait, distributed what now?

Distributed SQL databases are relational databases engineered with a distributed architecture to scale out on commodity hardware, on premises or in the cloud…without any trade-offs. These databases retain standard SQL, ACID transactions and strong consistency while adding unprecedented levels of scalability. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

In this session, you'll gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of distributed SQL and get a quick look at MariaDB's new distributed SQL implementation, Xpand. Using MariaDB Xpand we'll take a more pragmatic look at how distributed SQL takes database elasticity, scale and high availability to the next level. Then, diving deeper, you'll be introduced to the novel concept of MariaDB's columnar indexing with distributed SQL, and how it can be used to dramatically improve the execution speed of analytical queries on massive datasets.

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PRO TALK: Staying Nimble : Refactoring for Resilience & Engineering Excellence in Distributed Teams
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Vilas Veeraraghavan
Vilas Veeraraghavan
Bill.com, Sr Director of Engineering

High performing distributed/remote teams require a concerted effort to remain productive, healthy and happy while continuing to operate with excellence. In this talk, we will talk about how to set the right metrics to measure productivity and refactor team design, day-to-day work, onboarding process with a goal to stay nimble through constant changes to work environments, needs of the customer and a rapidly growing cloud native distributed software stack. 

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OPEN TALK: Resilience Thrives in the Practice of Practice
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Matt Davis
Matt Davis
Blameless, Staff Infrastructure Engineer

Having good reliability means that incidents are nothing special, merely variations of our regular work. Such a perfect dream of Site Reliability Excellence means that there are clear paths to expertise and common grounding between teams happens frequently. To make this vision a reality, we run an open session at Blameless that builds on musical traditions of improvisation. Inspired by western jazz and Indonesian percussion orchestras, our weekly session seeks to build group intuition through a discipline of iterative collaboration. In this talk I introduce our approach to continuous learning, Practice of Practice Gamelan.

What we've created is an opportunity for coming together in a collaborative way without the anxiety of performing under pressure. We share mental models through the telling of stories, playing of games, and riffing of ideas. Different areas of our socio-technical system are explored as seen through different eyes. By learning about how our coworkers view the system we operate together, we continuously build new connections through our newly shared perspectives. We not only learn how our teammates strive towards Reliability Excellence in their daily work, we also reduce unknowns about the system itself, giving us more flexibility to adapt around inevitable ambiguity. Come see how we want incidents to be just another time to get together and jam about some fascinating part of the system that has suddenly revealed itself as a wrong note we can learn by.

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PRO TALK: UX Unicorns Do Not Exist: The Myth of the One-Person Usability Team
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Jessica Wirt
Jessica Wirt
True Matter, Content Strategist

So you’re ready to hire someone to help with user experience. You’ve identified usability issues with your sites, apps, or other software products, and need someone to help fix them, a single usability professional to “do UX”—whatever that means. I’m sorry to tell you, this person does not exist. And, if you try to foist all of your usability problems onto one professional, you will not get the rainbow-filled success you’re hoping for.

While UX professionals might be pretty magical beings, no one person can juggle all of the areas of expertise needed for top-tier user experience. Having a full, well-rounded usability team is always ideal. But we don’t live in a world of unicorns or ideals. You may only be able to get the budget, resources, or go-ahead for one UX hire.

If that’s where you’re at, not all is lost. You can still create more useful, usable sites and apps with a single, strategic UX hire. To make this work, you’ll need to focus less on one person to do all things UX and more on how your lone UX pro will fit into the team and skillsets you already have.

Attendees will walk away being able to:

1. Make an honest assessment of their team’s strengths and weaknesses.
2. Understand the value of embedding UX in their existing team structure.
3. Take concrete steps towards happier users and improved success online. 

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OPEN TALK: Prevent Security Weaknesses from Ever Being Committed to Your Source Code Repo
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James Croall
James Croall
Synopsys, Product Management Director

Learn how developers can use Synopsys® Code Sight™ plug-in to quickly find and fix security defects in source code, open source dependencies, IaC and more, without leaving the IDE. It’s easy to try, and provides quick time to value. It helps them write better code, fix issues before code commit, and avoid costly rework caused by issues not found until downstream testing. 

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OPEN TALK: The Changing Nature of Debugging
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Nick Hodges
Nick Hodges
Rollbar, Developer Advocate

With testing and new releases, errors are going to creep through the cracks and new debugging approaches are needed. Nick Hodges, Developer Advocate at Rollbar, will uncover the 4 main insights that are transforming the ways we approach debugging to help return more productive time to developers.

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PRO TALK: Accessible Accessibility
Josh Goldberg
Josh Goldberg
Codecademy, Staff Frontend Developer

The sad reality of our industry is that many sites and services are woefully inaccessible, and the teams behind them may not have the prior knowledge or motivation to become accessible. Making your product accessible is likely to be at least as much of a political battle as it is a technical. This talk will guide you through being firm but collaborative in both of those struggles.

We'll start with the common ways of speaking to your coworkers' motivations and positioning product accessibility to fit them. We'll then cover how to built it into your team practices. We'll end with an overview of the automations you can put in place to make sure your product and people become accessible and stay that way. 

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OPEN TALK: Learn How Redpanda Simplifies Data Transforms with WASM
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James Kinley
James Kinley
Redpanda, Principal Solutions Architect

Roughly 60% of stream processing is spent doing mundane transformation tasks like format unification for ML workloads, filtering for privacy, simple enrichments like geo-ip translations, etc.

In this session, we will show you how easy it can be to do streaming data transformations while also eliminating data ping-ponging between storage and compute — thanks to Redpanda’s built-in support for WebAssembly (WASM). We’ll share best practices for data transforms using Redpanda, our Kafka API-compatible streaming data platform.

We will also cover:
- Overview of Redpanda and our WASM architecture
- Example use cases for data transforms
- Live demo of data transforms 

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PRO TALK: Improving by Removing
Amanda Daering
Amanda Daering
Newance, CEO

The temptation to fix people problems (or product problems!) is usually to add something new. A new pizza party, a new feature, a new recurring well intended meeting…

But what if the answer lives in not adding but removing?

In this session we’ll confront our loss aversion and look for opportunities to improve culture, solve talent challenges and build systems around the truism that less is more.

As burnout and distractions rise for leaders and teams alike, the ability to remove and simplify has never been more important or more difficult.

Attendees of this session will walk away knowing how to:
Cut out the unnecessary and improve on the essential including fewer and better meetings
Map your values to your day to day patterns
Use anti-goals to clarify and remove distractions
Identify culture waste and avoid culture debt 

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PRO TALK: The Developer Productivity Manifesto
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Nnamdi Iregbulem
Nnamdi Iregbulem
Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partner

With the explosion of various developer tools and services in recent years, it's tempting to think that we've entered a golden age for software development productivity. However, contrary to popular belief, developer productivity is in fact declining, and this phenomenon risks bringing modern software development to a grinding halt in many organizations. In this talk, Nnamdi Iregbulem, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, reveals a framework for thinking about developer productivity and charts a path toward reversing this dire trend.

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OPEN TALK: The 10,000 Steps of Open Source Project Health
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Dmitry Vinnik
Dmitry Vinnik
Facebook, Open Source Developer Advocate

Human health is complex - it's not something we can buy; it's something we have to earn! This exact approach goes for open source projects and their communities. A truly dedicated and loyal fanbase cannot be bought; it has to be nurtured. But what do we mean when we call a community and the open source project "healthy"? This question is what we are trying to answer at Facebook!

In this talk, we will look at the approach that the Facebook Open Source team takes to measure the current state of Facebook open source projects, and how we use these metrics to prioritize and to direct our DevRel focus. Ultimately, we aim to show how by looking at information about your open source communities, your team can concentrate on the quality of the projects instead of only the quantity of repositories that you make public. 

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OPEN TALK: Three Ways to Leverage Devsecops to Increase Operations and Security Observability
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Ed Bailey
Ed Bailey
Cribl, Senior Technical Evangelist

It has never been more important to build secure applications from the ground up starting with developers implementing the DevSecOps framework. One facet of DevSecOps is building code that emits high quality telemetry so development teams can deliver new software and services at agile speed without compromising application security. In this session, Cribl technical evangelist Ed Bailey, will discuss three ways to instrument applications at the code level to give operations and security observability platforms enhanced data to provide next level fault detection capabilities that are not otherwise available. We have never seen a more challenging environment to monitor and secure modern applications and advanced telemetry based observability is the only way to meet this challenge. 

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PRO TALK: Web for All. The Power of Progressive Web Apps
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Patricio Vargas
Patricio Vargas
OneSignal, Sr.Developer Advocate

As web performance and user experience across both mobile and desktop devices continue to increase in importance, so do progressive web apps (PWAs). PWAs are becoming more popular because they have lots of enhancements that help your application perform better and they make apps accessible even to users with limited internet connection. In this talk, you are going to learn the advantages of using PWAs and how to turn your web application into a PWA. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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PRO TALK: Why You Should Invest in Developer Experience
Jacob Bo Tiedemann
Jacob Bo Tiedemann
ThoughtWorks, Product Lead
Tanja Bach
Tanja Bach
ThoughtWorks Germany, Lead Business Analyst

We observe bad Developer Experiences across industries and in a variety of organisations and products. A common result of bad DX is a high cognitive load for development teams: long waiting times lead to a high amount of context switches and ultimately to a degrading momentum. Still some technical products and platforms struggle due to a lack of empathy with the user, the developer.A good Developer Experience on the other hand gets your features into production fast, reliable and safe. Whether you are managing an organisation or building a product for developers, it is time to research your developer users’ experience and invest in it.Based on our experience building a cloud and an IoT platform used by developers, we will highlight the business benefits of a good developer experience and take a closer look at indicators that help identify the right opportunities to invest in. 

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OPEN TALK: Harness the Power of CI/CD Logs from Jenkins to Drive CI/CD Success!
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Brian Bost
Brian Bost
ChaosSearch, Solution Architect
Dave Armlin
Dave Armlin
ChaosSearch

CI/CD success comes with iteration and continuous improvement.  Harnessing the power of logs from the CI/CD process can be key to driving improvement.  In this session we will demonstrate an easy path to bring CI/CD logs from Jenkins (or any platform utilizing cloud object storage in AWS or GCP) to drive success with CI/CD.

During the demonstration of the ChaosSearch Data Platform, we’ll share how you can easily access and leverage:

  • Velocity and Trends of CI/CD progress

  • Build failure trends and debugging 

  • Visualizations & Dashboards

  • Alerts and Integration opportunities

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OPEN TALK: How to Make Fixed Bid Projects Thrive in Agile Environment?
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Rohit Sinha
Rohit Sinha
Excellarate, Director of Product Development

There is a widespread belief that fixed bids are not a good fit for Agile. Agile advocates flexibility. Agile principles help projects adapt to changes based on changes in priorities or market conditions. However, fixed means something that cannot be changed. Another common belief is that if we follow Agile with a fixed bid, we need to make sure the scope is crystal clear. In today’s fast-changing world this approach to project scope can significantly reduce the value a customer or a user gets when a project is delivered.

Do we know Agile can be a great fit for fixed bids?

In this session, Rohit will talk about a few tweaks that will not just make your fixed bid projects successful but can also make your project teams thrive in an Agile environment. He will share his experience on why Agile is a great methodology for fixed bids. 

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PRO TALK: The Developer Fatigue: Innovating under Pressure
Sagi Rodin
Sagi Rodin
Frontegg, CEO

True developers would agree: solving complex problems and coming up with innovative software solutions is every developer’s holy grail. But often developers are faced with the impossible: 25% of their time is spent on debugging, 25% is lost on meetings and security, and 20% on code maintenance. Innovation is lost in a space of unoriginality. But as the software world is heading towards a what’s known as “bottom-up” approach, developers can have a true impact on the development process, and help companies reach better dev decisions. In this session we will talk about key insights and trends from our Dev Innovation report, addressing the developer impact, what is holding it back, and what can drive it for growth. 

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OPEN TALK: Cohabitation: Qt Native UI in the Browser
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Corey Pendleton
Corey Pendleton
The Qt Company, Sales Engineering Manager

Qt is widely recognized as a premier development framework for native, cross-platform applications and devices. But do you know what else is cross-platform? The web! Join us to see how the latest version of Qt supports the WebAssembly standard.

While the age-old choice between native vs. HTML5 development solutions will never be straightforward, we’ll show you how there can be overlap. We’ll also take a look at how you can leverage the latest Qt enhancements to expedite cross-platform deployment. 

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OPEN TALK: The Open Source Path to Developing Enterprise Blockchain Platforms and Tools
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David Boswell
David Boswell
Hyperledger Foundation, Senior Director of Community Architecture
Hart Montgomery
Hart Montgomery
Fujitsu Research, Cryptographer
Peter Somogyvari
Peter Somogyvari
Accenture, Technology Architect Manager

Enterprise blockchain is a team sport. The technology serves as shared de facto infrastructure for stakeholders across and between organizations. Community-built DLTs serve as the foundation for decentralizing critical processes and creating transparent operations with trust built in at the core.

Increasingly, enterprises are looking to deploy blockchain platforms in larger systems and more complex solutions. This means integrating with other systems and even other blockchains. The open source development model is now delivering on a new generation of tools and technologies to make deployments simpler, to help networks interoperate and more.

In this talk, David Boswell, Senior Director of Community Architecture at the Hyperledger Foundation, will sit down with Hart Montgomery of Fujitsu and Peter Somogyvari
from Accenture, two long-time leaders in the Hyperledger developer community, to talk about how development happens in the open source community and the latest developments in the current enterprise blockchain ecosystem. Hart and Peter are contributors to Hyperledger Cactus, a blockchain integration tool designed to allow users to securely integrate different blockchains. They are also members of the Hyperledger Technical Steering committee. The discussion will cover:

- Business and technical drivers for expanding blockchain networks into extensible multiparty systems capable of exchanging data in secure, transparent ways across a mix of platforms
- The growing pipeline of technologies for cross chain, off chain and legacy system interoperability
- The value of an open ecosystem in driving innovation and trusted software
- The opportunities to get involved in the community of communities developing and deploying the increasingly diverse technologies in the enterprise blockchain space

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OPEN TALK: Why Context is Critical for Observability
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Dave Anderson
Dave Anderson
Scout APM, CTO

Context is a crucial component of moving from Monitoring to Observability. Attaching rich context to application tracing allows us to answer fundamental questions required for true Observability, like "What changed?" In this talk, we'll discuss what context is, how it's applied, what problems it solves, and what challenges it presents. 

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OPEN TALK: Continuous Security for DevOps
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Colin Bell
Colin Bell
HCL Software, Secure DevOps CTO

Embedding security into DevOps practices is critical for enterprises making the transition into Secure DevOps. The Secure DevOps evolution is enabling continuous security which is achieved by shifting left to the development team. Market leading application security tool HCL AppScan makes is simple for developers to scan in every stage of the process with DAST SAST IAST capabilities.


Learn how with market leading tools and the right approach, you can build applications securely, without compromising speed. 

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OPEN TALK: Being A Tester: Being a Superman.
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Mesut Durukal
Mesut Durukal
Rapyuta Robotics, Test Automation Lead

Software testing requires development skills in terms of automation and CI/CD. Social skills as well. There are though responsibilities like release management. It looks like we have to be supermen holding all these qualifications. But we are human beings. It is okay to make mistakes. It is okay not to be okay.

When I refresh my memory and consider my whole testing life, I again realize that life is full of lessons. Whenever I think about this, I come up with a saying by John W. Gardner: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” We are all making mistakes and it is not possible to manage each single piece of processes perfectly. Still; what we can remember is, with additional brush strokes, those mistakes can evolve into nice colors inside the big picture. Besides, in the next run, we may take precautions against possible mistakes.

In short, after the quick review of my career, I decided that I can collect the required soft skills for a tester. Of course, I do not claim to be the super person who carries all those, but at least they are the ones which I realized to be the most prominent from my experiences.

What I will talk about is:
• What I learnt from my very early testing time: As a junior tester, what I faced? Which ways to act I learnt from those experiences.
• What I learnt from switching projects/products frequently.
• How did I survive in different environments?
• What other aspects did I experience after I was a team leader?
• What were the difficulties stemming from working in global studies?

Sometimes testing is underestimated and the responsibility is not understood well. To be able to survive in the next generation testing positions, we as testers have to hold both technical and social skills.

In this talk, I collected 25 soft skills that I decided a tester should have from my personal story. But I am pretty sure all testers face these situations. The presentation aims to wrap several skills from different perspectives like communication, agility, problem solving, efficiency and others. 

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OPEN TALK: Cloud Wars: Fighting for Talent
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Jackie Maldonado
Jackie Maldonado
Turing, AVP Strategic Cloud Alliances

Talent is becoming the biggest barrier to growth for tech companies, seeing an attrition rate 3x higher than before the pandemic.In this talk, we will address the challenges and how Turing was able to build an AI-powered platform that has attracted 1M+ engineers across the globe.