Schedule

Times in PST

8:00-9:00AM

Networking / entertainment

9:00-9:05AM

Welcome

Heidi Waterhouse
|Principal Transformation Advocate, LaunchDarkly
Heidi Waterhouse
|Principal Transformation Advocate, LaunchDarkly
Heidi is a transformation advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her presentation shirts so they match the pajama pants.
Heidi is a transformation advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her presentation shirts so they match the pajama pants.
9:05-9:30AM

Opening Keynote

Edith Harbaugh
|CEO & Co-founder, LaunchDarkly

Modern infrastructure is core to delivering the best customer experiences. But migrating from legacy systems can be complex and risky. Join LaunchDarkly CEO and co-founder Edith Harbaugh to learn how feature management can help accelerate a safer journey to the cloud, to microservices, and beyond.

Edith Harbaugh
|CEO & Co-founder, LaunchDarkly
Edith Harbaugh is CEO & Co-Founder of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform. LaunchDarkly serves 2,000+ global customers like IBM, Atlassian, and Intuit. She has more than 15 years of experience in engineering, product, and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups, including TripIt and Concur. She is co-host of "To Be Continuous," a podcast on software trends. She holds two patents in deployment. Edith earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Edith Harbaugh is CEO & Co-Founder of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform. LaunchDarkly serves 2,000+ global customers like IBM, Atlassian, and Intuit. She has more than 15 years of experience in engineering, product, and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups, including TripIt and Concur. She is co-host of "To Be Continuous," a podcast on software trends. She holds two patents in deployment. Edith earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
9:30-9:50AM

Project to Product: Measuring Digital Outcomes with the Flow Framework®

Mik Kersten
|Founder & CEO, Tasktop

In many enterprises, digital transformations are starting to get board-level visibility as the need to become a software innovator becomes critical to company survival and success. But how many of these transformations are on track in terms of producing the results that the business is expecting? How many organizations are tracking the results of their transformations, rather than just activities, such as training and tool deployments? These disconnects between the business and IT are what’s causing large-scale transformations to fall off the rails.

During this talk, Dr. Mik Kersten will summarize his best-selling book, Project to Product, and present the Flow Framework®, a prescriptive approach to value stream management that helps organizations measure their product value streams, improve flow and optimize for business outcomes.

Mik Kersten
|Founder & CEO, Tasktop

Dr. Mik Kersten started his career as a Research Scientist at Xerox PARC where he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He then pioneered the integration of development tools with Agile and DevOps as part of his Computer Science PhD at the University of British Columbia. Founding Tasktop out of that research, Mik has written over one million lines of open-source code that is still in use today, and he has brought seven successful open-source and commercial products to market.

Mik’s experiences working with some of the largest digital transformations in the world has led him to identify the critical disconnect between business leaders and technologists. Since that time, Mik has been working on creating new tools and a new framework for connecting software value stream networks and enabling the shift from project to product.

Mik lives with his family in Vancouver, Canada, and travels globally, sharing his vision for transforming how software is built.

Dr. Mik Kersten started his career as a Research Scientist at Xerox PARC where he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He then pioneered the integration of development tools with Agile and DevOps as part of his Computer Science PhD at the University of British Columbia. Founding Tasktop out of that research, Mik has written over one million lines of open-source code that is still in use today, and he has brought seven successful open-source and commercial products to market.

Mik’s experiences working with some of the largest digital transformations in the world has led him to identify the critical disconnect between business leaders and technologists. Since that time, Mik has been working on creating new tools and a new framework for connecting software value stream networks and enabling the shift from project to product.

Mik lives with his family in Vancouver, Canada, and travels globally, sharing his vision for transforming how software is built.

9:50-10:15AM

Q&A

10:15-10:35AM
Value-stream mapping

Building platforms for people

John Feminella
|VP of Technology, Nuvalence

After a certain size, many firms want to standardize how their technology is built, run, and deployed. In particular, they begin to embrace the notion that if only everything were on a common platform, the gains of efficiency, standardization, and parallelism would be big accelerators of the firm's overall goals. In practice, these efforts are challenging for technical leaders to get right. How can we ensure that we don't make the same mistakes and that the platforms we build will be successful?

In this talk, we'll cover the essential things for technical leaders and platform owners to know, whether they're forging these ideas for the first time in a new environment, or supporting an existing platform. By the end, you'll understand the essentials of a platform strategy, how to build one for your platform, and most importantly, how to make life better for your customers and users.

John Feminella
|VP of Technology, Nuvalence

John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and curiosity advocate. He helps enterprises transform the way they write, operate, and deploy software so that their businesses and people can be more effective. Before that, he led technology organizations at Pivotal, VMware, and ThoughtWorks; helped build the world's largest database of pollutants and air emissions; and authored a distributed-sensor technology.

John lives in Charlottesville, VA and likes meta-jokes, milkshakes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and curiosity advocate. He helps enterprises transform the way they write, operate, and deploy software so that their businesses and people can be more effective. Before that, he led technology organizations at Pivotal, VMware, and ThoughtWorks; helped build the world's largest database of pollutants and air emissions; and authored a distributed-sensor technology.

John lives in Charlottesville, VA and likes meta-jokes, milkshakes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

10:35-10:55AM
Value-stream mapping

Rethink/Reimagine: Delivering value in a hybrid world

Gautham Pallapa
|Founder, Transformity

As organizations prepare their workforce to return to the office in some capacity, there is an added burden on leadership and management to maintain or exceed team productivity achieved over the last year and a half. There is no playbook or template for teams to adapt in this situation, and it will be an exciting learning curve for us all.

In this session, I explore four areas that will require rethinking and reimagining to improve the flow of business value within an organization. We will work through specific challenges we have faced in recent times and brainstorm techniques to implement in a hybrid working environment. We will explore anti-patterns and waste that have been accrued over the last few years and look to strategies for reducing friction as organizations focus on achieving customer delight and business outcomes.

Gautham Pallapa
|Founder, Transformity

Dr. Gautham Pallapa is the founder of Transformity and an Executive Advisor for VMware. He works with C-Suite and executives at Fortune 1000 enterprise customers in transforming their strategy, processes, technologies, culture, and people to achieve their objectives and business outcomes. His mantra is "Transform with Empathy" and has successfully led several business transformations and cloud modernization efforts in various industry verticals.

Gautham is an agile coach, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a SAFe Agilist, and an Ambassador for the DevOps Institute. He writes/talks/works on transformation, elevating humans, helping underprivileged people, and giving back to the community. He has an upcoming book called "Leading with Empathy" which explores these topics in detail.

Dr. Gautham Pallapa is the founder of Transformity and an Executive Advisor for VMware. He works with C-Suite and executives at Fortune 1000 enterprise customers in transforming their strategy, processes, technologies, culture, and people to achieve their objectives and business outcomes. His mantra is "Transform with Empathy" and has successfully led several business transformations and cloud modernization efforts in various industry verticals.

Gautham is an agile coach, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a SAFe Agilist, and an Ambassador for the DevOps Institute. He writes/talks/works on transformation, elevating humans, helping underprivileged people, and giving back to the community. He has an upcoming book called "Leading with Empathy" which explores these topics in detail.

10:55-11:10AM

Q&A

11:10-11:15AM
Lightning Talk

TBD

Corey Quinn
|Chief Cloud Economist, The Duckbill Group