Discover the latest in agile methods, technologies, tools, and leadership principles.
Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, Agile Dev West is held in conjunction with Better Software West and DevOps West conferences, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.
Discover top technologies and tools all under one roof! Explore the Agile Dev, Better Software, & DevOps West Expo and enjoy all of these unique opportunities:
The Expo gives sponsors direct access to conference delegates. Companies with software testing and development products and services will certainly benefit from direct sales interaction with this highly targeted and motivated audience.
Exhibitors Will Have the Opportunity to:
K1 Use DevOps Principles to Transform Culture
At the heart of DevOps is the idea that organizations break down silos and teams work together to innovate faster, reducing the length of feedback loops and delivering value faster. Ashley Hunsberger describes how Blackboard is using DevOps principles—collaborative practices, iterative improvements, incremental testing, and more—to transform their development culture so everyone owns quality. Big change does not happen overnight, so they learned to make smaller changes that support the overall vision. Join Ashley as she lays the groundwork for iterative and continuous improvement through a defined mission and specific goals. Ashley explores how cross-team collaboration broke down silos and helped align team members with the necessary skills to meet their quality goals. One key to their success was recognizing that we cannot test everything—even if we want to. Instead of a huge, unmanageable test suite, they implemented an incremental testing approach which teams can own and successfully maintain. Ashley shares examples of how to implement a continuous delivery pipeline, illustrating the reduced feedback loops that led to better, faster software delivery.
Ashley Hunsberger is a product quality architect at Blackboard, Inc., a provider of educational technology. Using DevOps principles, Ashley has enjoyed being a change agent, helping to provide the tools, processes, and support that enable development teams to deliver software while meeting high quality standards. Ashley is passionate about building communities of interest and practice that provide safe places to experiment and learn from failure. An advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, she loves to give back to the communities that have helped her become who she is and volunteers her time to help coordinate the Selenium Conference.
Trail Ridge Consulting
K2 Five (Oops! I Mean Six) Mistakes Leaders Make
The world of work is transforming at an unrelenting pace. Product development is increasingly more complex and uncertain while the speed of decisions and delivery is escalating at an exponential pace. Many of us are unaware of how our thoughts and actions work against our own objectives and our organizations’ goals and needs. Pete Behrens illustrates how leadership agility improves self-awareness, amplifies decision-making, improves outcomes, and grows resilience and capacity in highly complex and fast-paced environments. Sharing stories from his two decades of personal experience—and experiences of other senior leaders whom he has coached—Pete spotlights six critical mistakes you may not be aware you’re making in your personal leadership practices. He recommends that you focus on yourself before others, develop self-awareness before skills, experiment before delivering, establish structures ahead of behaviors, prioritize health over performance, and emphasize the journey over the destination. Whether you’re a manager or an individual contributor, you’ll discover how to reorient your thinking and actions to improve your style and outcomes to become a better leader—and a better person.
Leadership agility coach and founder of Trail Ridge Consulting, Pete Behrens provides guidance to senior executives on how to transform themselves and their companies—including Google, GE, and Salesforce.com—to work more effectively through agility. A Certified Leadership Agility 360 Coach, Certified Agile Leadership Educator, Certified Enterprise Coach, and Certified Scrum Trainer, Pete works with individuals and organizations to develop their personal leadership and organizational agility. His focus is on developing agile leaders through public workshops and private coaching engagements.
K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR testing conferences. Now, they’ve come to the combined Agile Dev, Better Software, and DevOps conferences too. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consist of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. Some of the best-known experts will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.
An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices at Zenergy Technologies; president of RGCG, LLC; and a frequent speaker at international conferences and professional groups on topics of agile software development.