Helen has 20 years’ experience working in the technology industry with a focus on the Software Development Lifecycle for a wealth of cross industry clients in the UK and abroad. Helen is passionate about DevOps and is the creator of the Ranger4 DevOps LiftOff Workshop and the Ranger4 DevOps Maturity Assessment - winner of the IBM Beacon Award 2015 for Outstanding DevOps Solution. She also started Ranger4’s #DevOpsFriday5 initiative and is on the Board of Regents at the DevOps Institute (Ranger4 are also a Registered Education Provider for the DOI’s DevOps training courses). Helen is also a novelist and ecologist. She once saw a flamingo lay an egg.
DevOps started out as an Agile Sys Admin concept designed to break down the barriers between the traditional siloed organisational hierarchy of software developers and IT Operations but has evolved into something much broader. The convergence of Agile, Lean, ITSM, The Theory of Constraints, Safety Culture, Learning Organisation and Holacracy style thinking all leads to DevOps driving the end to end ideation to realisation value stream and the delivery of a true continuous release cycle, or DevOps Loop. In this talk we'll consider what DevOps means now and break it down into manageable parts with practical steps make change that has real business impact.
Who should attend your session?
Anyone with an interest in DevOps - wherever they or their organisation is on their journey.
What are the 'next steps' for an attendee to take after attending your session?
It depends where they are on their journey - if they are quite new to the subject but expecting to want to use DevOps principles in their daily work then a training course might be a good idea. If they are part of an organisation wanting to baseline where they are and make a plan for what to tackle next, they may want to consider an assessment.
You have a spare 2 hours in London. What do you do?
I would go to the butterfly house at The Natural History Museum.
Should DevOps be a separate discipline to Software Development?
Absolutely not! DevOps incorporates software development along with delivery.
Why is it important?
Because so many organisations are finding it painful to work in the way that they have traditionally done and DevOps gives us the tools to make change, culturally as well as technically, and ease those pains and help organisations be more successful at what they do, whilst keeping their humans happy.