Join us in Orlando, Chicago, or Las Vegas to hear Joe Ours talk about DevOps technology and teams, and Lord of the Rings!
You have a series of opportunities to hear from Centric Consulting’s DevOps Practice Lead Joseph Ours over the next few months. Joe plans to take a creative and unique look at DevOps for your business.
May 2 – StarEast, Orlando, FL
STAREAST is one of the longest-running and most respected conferences on software testing and quality assurance. The event week features over 100 learning and networking opportunities and covers a wide variety of some of the most in-demand topics and testing innovations.
Topic: Lessons Learned Automating Cloud and Infrastructure Testing
Topic Detail: As organizations embrace DevOps and IT value chain automation, we see the explosive growth of infrastructure-as-code capabilities, fueled by cloud scripting technology.
As infrastructure-as-code capabilities evolve, what role does testing play, especially for continuous testing, when it comes to infrastructure provisioning and configuration? How does this approach integrate with other traditional forms of testing, such as unit, integration, and systems testing?
Join Joseph Ours as he presents what he’s learned about infrastructure-as-code and provides live demonstrations for implementing automated testing of infrastructure, such as writing automation around networking, security, and OS configurations.
He’ll show how easy it is to configure cloud environments and implement them incorrectly, security “gotchas” when automating tests, and other challenges you’ll face when testing cloud and infrastructure.
Leave with an understanding of the tools that enable test automation of infrastructure, the challenges around this testing, and ideas to overcome these challenges.
May 15 – QAI Quest, Chicago
QUEST 2019 Conference is the best source for new technologies and proven methods for Quality Engineered Software and Testing. Thought leaders, evangelists, innovative practitioners, and IT professionals from across North America gather together for a week packed with classes, tutorials, educational sessions, hands-on workshops, discussions groups, EXPO, and networking events. Let your quest to build, test, and deliver quality software to begin with QUEST 2019!
Topic: Lord of the Rings: High Performing Teams Edition
Topic Detail: Modern software delivery involves DevOps practices and tools. This additional step necessitates a change to how teams operate, more specifically, it requires a change in how managers think about teams.
Even today’s Agile teams have struggled to eliminate internal silos, which has resulted in artificial barriers to collaboration. So, if we truly want to leverage the power of DevOps or just high performing teams in general, how should we think about team construction?
Join Joe as he uses comical analogous reasoning to discuss the fellowship, the roles, the mission, and the skills of the team to discern what we can learn from them. During the session, Joe plans to answer the questions of what place do roles have on high performing teams, what commonalities exist for each team member, and what leadership lessons can we learn from key roles?
Joe intends to speculate to make a point because wizards and IT are not a typical mix, but it is a creative look at the two!
June 5 – Agile & DevOps West, Las Vegas
Agile & DevOps West brings together practitioners seeking to accelerate the delivery of reliable, secure software applications. Find out how the practice of Agile & DevOps brings cross-functional stakeholders together to deliver software with greater speed and agility while meeting quality and security demands. Learn from industry experts how your organization can leverage Agile and DevOps concepts to improve deployment frequency and time to market, reduce lead time, and more successfully deliver stable new features.
Topic: The Lord of the Rings: DevOps Edition
Topic Detail: Modern software delivery involves lean principles, DevOps practices, and of course tools. Implementing those elements in harmony necessitates a change in how teams operate—more specifically, it requires a change in how managers think about teams.
If teams truly want to leverage the power of DevOps and become high-performing, how should leaders think about team construction? Using comical analogous reasoning, Joe Ours plans to discuss the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings, the roles, the mission, and the skills team to extrapolate what can be learned.
Joseph may take artistic license now and then to make a point—because hobbits and IT are not a common analogy—but the points apply to leadership lessons he learned by analyzing each team member and their role.
You’ll leave with an understanding of what place roles have on high-performing teams, what commonalities exist across team members, and some sage advice for all the wizards in your fellowship.
About the Author
Joseph Ours is the National DevOps Practice Lead and a senior manager with Centric Consulting. He has nearly two decades of career experience in Information Technology and Certified Project Management consulting. Joseph offers expertise as a leader in business processes with a successful record of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives.