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Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 13

Registration—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
DevOps for AI and Machine Learning
Tom Stiehm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Learn how to apply DevOps knowledge to the machine learning and AI development, test, delivery, and operations process.

Fundamentals of AI—ICAgile Certification (ICP-FAI)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Unravel the complexities of machine learning and AI. Attendees will be awarded the ICAgile Professional- Foundations of AI (ICP-FAI) designation. 

GitHub Copilot Fundamentals
Phil LaFrance
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

This hands-on course helps software developers understand how to effectively incorporate Copilot into their software developer workflow.

Agile Fundamentals - ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP)
Robert Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Successful participants will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional designation (ICP).

Agile & DevOps Leadership—ICAgile Certification
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Designed for executives and organizational leaders, this highly-interactive, hands-on course will teach you what you need to know to successfully implement agile and DevOps in your organization.

Implementing DevSecOps
Derrick Roach
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore security within a DevSecOps pipeline in an informal and interactive workshop setting. Attendees will gain practical experience through both group discussions and hands-on exercises.

Foundations of DevOps—ICAgile Certification
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Learn to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Upon completion attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile and awarded the ICAgile Professional (ICP-FDO) designation.

Lunch—12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday, October 14

Registration—7:00am–5:00pm
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Full & Half-Day Tutorials—8:30am–12:00pm
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lunch—12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full & Half-Day Tutorials Continue—1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Speed Networking—5:15pm-6:00pm
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 15

Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials—8:30am–12:00pm
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch—12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue—1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, October 16

Morning Yoga—6:45am–7:30am
6:45 am to 7:30 am
Registration—7:00am–5:00pm
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Networking Events—Speaker One-on-One (All Day)
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Keynote 1 (TBA)—8:30am–9:45am
8:30 am to 9:45 am
Networking Break in the Expo—9:45am–10:30am
9:45 am to 10:30 am
Visit the Expo—9:45am–2:00pm
9:45 am to 2:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—10:30am–11:30am
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Concurrent Session W1 Holistic Testing Strategies in an Agile World: Integrating Shift Left and Shift Right
Shuchi Rastogi, Express Scripts
10:30 am to 11:30 am

In today's dynamic software development landscape, the pursuit of customer-centric, high-quality products is essential. This session delves into the art of aligning shift-left and shift-right testing strategies to ensure comprehensive and effective validation throughout the software development lifecycle. Explore real-world obstacles encountered by development team in traditional testing, prompting their transition to a modern approach. This transition led to significant improvements in software quality, cost efficiency, and led to a more dependable product delivery. Shuchi will discuss...Read more

Concurrent Session W2 Clean Your Cloud with Cloud Custodian
Gene Gotimer, Praeses, LLC
10:30 am to 11:30 am

One of the great things about using the cloud is how easy it is to spin up resources and use them. The downside is it is really easy to spin up resources and forget about them. Sprawl becomes a real problem. You waste money if you fail to shut them down when you finish with them or even overnight. And it isn’t just costs. Managing a cloud infrastructure can be a real pain. Who spun this up? What project is it for? Does it need to be shut down? When? Shouldn’t it be encrypted? Cloud Custodian is an easy-to-use framework that allows simple YAML files to specify how to gather, filter, and act...Read more

Concurrent Session W3 AutoOps: How Generative AI and Prompt Engineering Turn Engineers into Superheroes, Not Replace Them
Jonathon Wright, Vivit Worldwide
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Envision a DevOps realm infused with AI-driven superpowers, where a reliable AI companion revolutionizes the way we approach development. This companion doesn't just assist; it transforms the adventure of creating software that spanning the full spectrum of SDLC possibilities and pinpointing bugs in the most unexpected places. This is the essence of AI-augmented with human-in-the-loop, a paradigm where AI elevates engineers to maestros, orchestrating a symphony of enhanced augmented subject matter intelligence. By turbocharging the testing process to be quicker, smarter, and more efficient...Read more

Concurrent Session W5 Don’t F*ck Up the Culture: Operationalizing Experiences for Customers and Employees
Charlotte Chang, WillCo Tech
10:30 am to 11:30 am

In a world full of choices, both consumers and employees are inundated with numerous options. How we allocate our spending power, time, and money reflects our thoughts and emotions, all of which are heavily influenced by our experiences. Yet, it's all too common that the experiences offered by companies for both customers and employees are disconnected from the core mission of creating successful products. The methods used by organizations to measure these experiences often fall short, with employee experience reduced to an annual, self-funded Top Workplace Survey, and customer...Read more

Concurrent Sessions—11:45am–12:45pm
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Concurrent Session W8 Enhancing Agile and DevOps Practices: Leveraging Postman API Software for Enhanced Testing Efficiency in Tackling Real-World Challenges
Patrick Gladney, US Army Corps of Engineers
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

In today's fast-paced software development environment, regression testing stands as a crucial yet resource-intensive endeavor. An instance illustrating the resource-intensive nature of regression testing involved Patrick Gladney's team attempting to conduct tests across 13 distinct production servers. The challenge was compounded by the uncertainty surrounding malfunctioning servers, of which they remained unaware until customer complaints surfaced, indicating an inability to perform transactions within the application. Leveraging his expertise in software testing and cybersecurity,...Read more

Concurrent Session W9 Scale Test Environments Using Cloud Infrastructure for Continuous Testing
David Dang, Zenergy Technologies
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

The challenges of managing test environments in the fast-paced world of software development are numerous, ranging from complexity and resource limitations. Traditional on-premises solutions often offer limited scalability and cause bottlenecks that hinder continuous testing. This presentation tackles these challenges head-on by proposing a shift to cloud-based test environments underpinned by Infrastructure as Code. By embracing the cloud, organizations can dynamically create and tear down test environments as needed, freeing up valuable resources. Integration with CI/CD pipelines is...Read more

Concurrent Session W11 When AI Empowers Mainframes: Speed and Stability Unleashed
Ambica Dixit, BNZ
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

In the era dominated by cloud storage, quantum computing, and big data, mainframe technology, despite its 60-year legacy, remains a vital backbone for the digital world, powering 71% of Fortune 500 companies and handling 90% of credit card transactions with unparalleled efficiency. This presentation explores how the integration of agile methodologies, DevOps practices, and artificial intelligence is revitalizing mainframes, highlighting their expanded capabilities and growing appeal to new workloads. Central to our exploration is collaborative effort of BNZ technology with IBM, utilizing...Read more

Concurrent Session W12 Designing Resilient Event-Driven Data Mesh Architecture
Om Sharma, Capital One, Bharat Nagpal, Capital One
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Most enterprises deal with large scale data. There are common challenges involved in managing data. One such challenge faced by distributed applications is effective processing, identifying transactional boundaries, and exchange of data across disparate systems, where governance, modeling, ownership, and consumption considerations are tenets. An event-driven data mesh provides capabilities to power both operational & analytical use cases, in both real time & batch. It provides the framework necessary for creating, communicating, and using data. In request-response architecture,...Read more

Lunch in the Expo—12:45pm–1:45pm
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
Keynote 2 (TBA)—1:45pm–2:45pm
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions—3:00pm–4:00pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Concurrent Session W15 Becoming the Bottleneck - Embrace the Challenges of Testing in an Agile Environment
Aaron Evans, One Shore
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Testing has a bad reputation for being slow & costly. Speed, price, quality—pick two, right? How can we ensure that testing does not become the bottleneck? We first have admit that we have a problem, and then look at the root causes of why testing is slow and expensive. Among these are: lack of clear requirements and priorities, unclear testing processes and delivery procedures, misaligned goals between product, development, QA, & Ops teams, unreasonable expectations (such as 100% test coverage), inefficient (or unreliable) test automation, lack of ability to parallelize tests, and...Read more

Concurrent Session W16 Continuous Integration of AWS Serverless Applications
Dion Johnson, KwaanBear
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The primary draw for implementation of AWS serverless applications is the supposed simplicity. Anyone that has attempted to implement testing within a CI pipeline on a serverless application, however, knows that it is anything but simple. Serverless technologies allow for the faster construction of more complex applications with more complex integrations while also providing new technologies and execution environments, all of which pose a challenge to those used to testing in a more traditional way. This presentation looks at an API-based serverless application as an example and introduces...Read more

Concurrent Session W17 Streamlining Enterprise Application Deployment: Unifying CI/CD Automation with GitHub Copilot
Mala Punyani, DocuSign INC
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

During the session, Mala will address the challenge of enhancing operational efficiency and customer satisfaction through optimized CI/CD deployment processes, exemplified by DocuSign Inc.'s strategic collaboration with GitHub's Copilot ecosystem. She will delve into key focus areas such as automating deployments and establishing robust branching strategy and governance practices. For instance, she will explore how DocuSign leverages Infrastructure as Code to automate provisioning and configuration of infrastructure components, ensuring consistency across diverse deployment environments....Read more

Concurrent Session W18 Revolutionizing Quality Assurance and DevOps: Integrating General AI and Machine Learning
Rahul Kumar, EPAM Systems
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In a world where both software complexity and the need for rapid deployment are increasing, traditional testing methodologies often fall short. The challenge is maintaining high-quality software while matching the pace of agile and DevOps without overwhelming the QA team. This presentation will address this problem and demonstrate innovative solutions by integrating General AI and Machine Learning in this interaction. Rahul will explore how these technologies can be utilized for predictive modeling in test case management, spotting operational anomalies more efficiently, dynamic test suite...Read more

Concurrent Session W19 Maximizing Observability in Cloud-Native Architecture: The Role of OpenTelemetry
Monalisha Singh, NetApp, Inc.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Cloud-native architecture involves breaking down software components into smaller, loosely coupled applications known as microservices. While this approach can effectively address scalability issues in the cloud, it can also introduce greater complexity. Identifying the root cause of a microservice failure can be challenging if there is not enough data available. As such, a well-designed cloud-native system should incorporate logs, metrics, and traces to facilitate effective root cause analysis. OpenTelemetry offers simple and effective tools for implementing observability in a cloud-...Read more

Visit the Expo—3:30pm–6:30pm
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Networking Break in the Expo—4:00pm–4:30pm
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Keynote 3 (TBA)—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Expo Reception & Passport Game Prize Drawings—5:30pm–6:30pm
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 17

Morning Yoga—6:45am–7:30am
6:45 am to 7:30 am
Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Networking Events—Speaker One-on-One (All Day)
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Registration—8:00am–3:00pm
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Keynote 4 (TBA)—8:30am–9:30am
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Visit the Expo—9:30am–2:00pm
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Networking Break in the Expo—9:45am–10:15am
9:45 am to 10:15 am
Concurrent Sessions—10:15am–11:15am
10:15 am to 11:15 am
Concurrent Session T1 Designing Agile Plays in a Complex Organization
Desiree Lorell, United States Space Force
10:15 am to 11:15 am

In today's fast-paced business environment, organizations are constantly seeking ways to adapt and thrive amidst complexity. Agile methodologies offer a powerful framework for managing this complexity, but implementing agile practices in a complex organization can be challenging. This presentation explores the concept of "agile plays" as a strategic approach to implementing agile in complex organizations. Drawing on real-world examples and best practices, we will delve into the key principles and strategies for designing and implementing effective agile plays. Topics covered will include:...Read more

Concurrent Session T2 5 Tips for Navigating Regulatory and Risk Mitigation in Agile Processes
Jennifer Wilhelmi, S&P Global
10:15 am to 11:15 am

In today's highly regulated landscape, organizations encounter numerous hurdles in risk management and regulatory compliance. Regulations are constantly emerging and changing. New risks are emerging all the time and we seek to improve our risk posture with ongoing, internal control improvements. This presentation unveils S&P Global's strategies for seamlessly integrating cross-portfolio regulatory and risk mitigation work into Agile processes. Jennifer will delve into five actionable tips that leverage Agile processes to solve this challenge. The session will address the challenges of...Read more

Concurrent Session T3 Navigating the Path to Agile Excellence: Metrics that Matter in DevOps Transformation
Cholette Voehl, Discover Financial Services
10:15 am to 11:15 am

In today's rapidly evolving tech landscape, transitioning to agile and DevOps practices is crucial for organizational growth. However, many teams struggle to gauge their progress effectively within these methodologies. In this insightful session, Cholette will explore the key metrics that drive success in agile and DevOps adoption, focusing on best practices that can be applied across various organizational settings. Delving into essential metrics drawn from industry best practices, Cholette will shed light on the critical indicators for understanding progress and fostering continuous...Read more

Networking Break in the Expo—11:15am–11:45am
11:15 am to 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions—11:45am–12:45pm
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Concurrent Session T9 Top 10 Lessons I Learned for Leading Agile Teams
Chris Knobbe, Edward Jones
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

As leaders, we need to show up differently when we lead agile teams. Anyone in the room can be a leader, including the person with the actual title, however, the skills and techniques we tap into can be very different. In this session, Chris Knobbe will share the top 10 lessons that she has learned while leading teams and how she taps into those skills to build highly effective teams and team members. Each attendee will leave with a list of experiments to try in the workplace to enable them to build trust, accountability, and be more effective in their leadership. The approach to this...Read more

Concurrent Session T10 Containerization and Orchestration: Transforming Healthcare Apps with DevOps Automation
Sindhu Gandavarapu, Clareto
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

This session will focus on the application of containerization and orchestration technologies within healthcare and integration of HIPAA compliance and robust security measures in healthcare DevOps. These technologies not only enhance operational efficiency but also ensure adherence to critical security and regulatory standards in healthcare. Sindu will cover case studies and future strategies on evolving security and HIPAA regulations and cybersecurity threats with patient data. Attendees will walk away with: the basics of container technologies and HIPAA compliance, Microsoft Azure...Read more

Concurrent Session T11 From Concept to Code: Leveraging LLMs for Agile Excellence
Justin Beall, Artium
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Unlock the next level of agile and XP development by integrating Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot across the software development lifecycle. This presentation unveils how leveraging LLMs from initial ideation to final deployment transforms agile practices, enriching pair programming, test-driven development, and continuous integration with innovative AI capabilities. Learn to automate and refine development tasks, enhance specification clarity, and boost testing efficiency with ChatGPT, optimizing every phase of agile workflows for superior product quality and...Read more

Concurrent Session T12 Navigating Through AI: The Test Manager's Guide to Staying Relevant
Maryna Didkovska, EPAM Systems
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Gen AI and LLM topics are currently on heavy rotation and the IT domain is experiencing highs and lows of excitement regarding performance breakthroughs and fears that software engineers will be replaced by prompts tomorrow. Their concerns are not unreasonable—we can think of code development as language-to-language transformation, but what about the project governance and the managers who were shaping it? Where do they fit in the new AI-based IT world? As a Head of European Quality Engineering Practice in a global company with 50K+ employees, Maryna will share her experiences in dealing...Read more

Lunch in the Expo—12:45pm–1:45pm
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:45pm–2:45pm
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Concurrent Session T15 Scaling Agile at Visa: Navigating the Highs and Lows of Transforming a Financial Giant
Sannette Coetzee, Acolar Inc
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Dive into the heart of Visa's groundbreaking agile transformation, a monumental project that stands as possibly the largest of its kind in the financial sector over the last three years. Led by a seasoned expert at the forefront with a 21-strong team of agile coaches, "Scaling Agile at Visa: Navigating the Highs and Lows of Transforming a Financial Giant" unravels the journey of integrating a bespoke operating model, an enterprise-wide portfolio planning process, and a new toolset across a global workforce of over 10,000. This concise talk will share the pivotal challenges, triumphs, and...Read more

Concurrent Session T16 Reluctance to Relishing—Rolling Out DORA Metrics to Skeptical Teams
Kendra Schmid, WillowTree, a Telus Intl Company
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Teams are rightfully skeptical when faced with a mandate to implement DORA metrics, especially when no effective rollout approach is considered. Kendra will outline the context, conflict, and climax of the story arc to ensure a smooth rollout. First the context: DORA metrics and their importance. A ‘burning platform’ of 'those who do not keep up will get left behind'. Then, the conflict: tension builds when distrust between a team and leadership when leadership mandates change without the why or how. Stories of two project teams will serve as examples. Finally, the climax which include the...Read more

Concurrent Session T18 Are AI Assistants the Death of Programmers?
Jeffery Payne, Coveros
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

There is a lot of hype about Generative AI automatically creating software applications. Some see this as the death of the software engineering profession, while others believe AI technology will simply help increase the productivity of programmers. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle. This session explores this question and uses demonstrations of commercial and open-source AI assistants to show what is and is not possible with today's GenAI technology. A high-level discussion of how these models work will be included to give the audience some context for what they can and...Read more

Summit Brainstorming and Brews—3:00pm–4:00pm (Summit Registration Required)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Friday, October 18

Registration—7:30am–3:00pm
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Agile + DevOps Leadership Summit
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Leading Change in the New Normal Thursday, October 17 (evening) and Friday, October 18 (all day)

Leadership has never been more important. Between navigating on-going economic challenges, dealing with the impacts of constantly emerging new technologies, and addressing issues around the changing workforce, while keeping our teams focused on business results is a challenge. Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced technology leaders share ways to lead and make software organizations successful. Discover how seasoned leaders have grown their leadership skills and what they...Read more