Software improvement conferences covering the entire application lifecycle.
Learn what you need to build better software now. The Better Software West conference keeps you current on the entire development lifecycle. All Better Software Conferences are held in conjunction with Agile Dev 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:
• Explore the latest solutions, technologies, and tools in software development
• Meet one-on-one with representatives from some of today's most innovative organizations
• Network with colleagues and conference speakers while enjoying complimentary food and beverages during the Expo Reception
• Enjoy session breaks in the Expo with complimentary refreshments to keep you energized!
• Learn new skills, discover solutions, and participate in live demos during the industry technical presentations
• Travel the Expo floor for fun games and a chance to win exciting prizes
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 reports, “Now that we’ve seen the way of DevOps, we don’t want to go back.”
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. On the Scrum Alliance board of directors, Pete provides strategic consulting and guidance to transform the world of work.
K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
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.