A fantastic line-up of speakers
Stay tuned as we announce more speakers gradually, as well as update the full agenda
Dev(Sec)Ops Advisor & Author
FROM CHATGPT TO PRODUCTION - OPERATIONALIZING GENERATIVE AI
- Marketing: we need more Generative AI
- Engineering: hold my beer
- understanding the transformation journey you are on
- the tools landscape that is available to look at
- the business considerations to make
Patrick Debois is a versatile technologist with a breadth of experience across Dev, Sec, and Ops. Known for his aptitude in harnessing emerging ideas , he skillfully guides teams and advises businesses ranging from startups to enterprises in their journey. Recognized as a trusted ally among dev, sec, ops communities, and beyond, he is currently immersing himself in the world of AI & Machine Learning continuously pushing the boundaries of his technical expertise.
While Patrick’s technical appetite is vast, his affinity for people is equally profound. He possesses the rare ability to bridge perspectives, effortlessly switching between management and individual contributor levels and roles. This unique experience has led him organising the first Devopsdays in 2009. He is attributed to coining the term DevOps and co-author of the widely known Devops Handbook. In the past Patrick has worked together with renowned tech organizations such as Atlassian and Snyk. He currently wears both hats of VP of Engineering and Distinguished Engineer at Showpad.
He thrives in sharing knowledge, organizing numerous community events, and presenting at many more. He believes in transforming his learnings into shareable lessons, using this feedback loop to hone his skills and broaden his perspectives. Through open sharing and lateral thinking, Patrick is not just enhancing his professional growth but also contributing significantly to the evolution of the field.
You can enjoy his past talks on his youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/@jedi4ever/videos. Or follow the firehose of learnings he shares on Twitter.
GitHub Security Lab, GitHub
Human vs AI: How to ship secure codeArtificial intelligence (AI) is already acting as a copilot in our daily lives, becoming our digital assistant and providing personalised experiences. ChatGPT took the world by storm with its conversational capabilities and the public reactions have been quite telling. But how is AI changing the way we build software? Find out how GitHub Copilot is turbocharging developer productivity and how it can help developers write more secure code through real-world use cases.
Director of Engineering, Spotify
DevEx @SpotifyEmpathy is key to building great products. You need empathy to understand your customer needs, and you also need it to understand and improve the developer experience. At Spotify, empathy is a critical element of its engineering culture and the foundation of how it approaches every problem. In this session, Pia Nilsson will share her experience incorporating empathy into the developer experience and offer strategies for other teams to build with empathy.
Pia Nilsson is the Platform Developer Experience (PDX) lead at Spotify. She started her career off as a backend engineer working across telecom, pharma, retail, banking and gaming. Half of that time was spent as a self employed contractor, where she began recognizing patterns in the challenges engineers were experiencing. This led her to platform work, where she became a tech lead.
She was an early adopter of devops principles and pair-programming, and also led classes in clean code and test driven development. Pia joined Spotify to lead the CI/CD platform and gradually expanded into other domains connected to developer experience and effectiveness. She led the team that built Backstage, where her focus was to increase the speed of iteration so that Spotify could build products faster. She continues to lead that team while also working to create an exceptional developer experience through the tools and infrastructure her team provides to every engineer at Spotify.
Senior Developer Advocate, Cisco
Looks GREAT To Me: Getting Past Bare Minimum Code Reviews
Ah, code reviews. We need them, but we dread them. We do them, but not well. And we have automation available but don't do more with it.
In this talk, Adrienne wants to tell you:
- All the things you're doing wrong in your code review
- How to fix all the wrong things
- What you should be doing to make code reviews better
- How to tie everything back to the 4 DORA Metrics and your categorization as a Elite, High, Medium, or (uh oh) Low performing team.
You'll leave her talk with actionable advice you can implement today, improving your code review immediately!
Let's change the way we do code reviews. Let's do better than LGTM 👍 -- let's make the code review processes on our teams great!
Adrienne is a Filipina software engineer, keynote speaker, author of the best selling book Coding for Kids: Python, and a LinkedIn Learning instructor that's reached over 65,000 learners with her courses (a number she'll likely surpass by the time you read this). She is currently writing Looks Good To Me: Constructive Code Reviews, a labor of love that she hopes will improve code reviews everywhere. Perhaps most important, however, is that she spends way too much money on desserts and ungodly amounts of time playing Age of Empires II.
Head of SAP Delivery, Architecture, Analytics & CTO Office, Daimler Truck
GenAI vs. The Corporate
Generative AI took (not only) the corporate world by surprise. With a myriad of opportunities and incredible ease of use, the next AI hype is right in front of the corporate doorstep. But how should a traditional enterprise deal with this new-arising opportunities? How can a large enterprise speed up the required transformation process, taking into account opportunities but also risks and fears of a long-running system?
In this talk Michael will shed some light on how corporates might need to look into the topic, which considerations they have to take as well which opportunities can be seized and which might be more complicated.
Michael Vormittag is currently leading the CTO Office as well as most of the infrastructure and
technology topics for the financial systems at Daimler Truck. In his role, he is in the middle of carving
out Daimler Truck from its former parent company Mercedes-Benz. To do this successfully he is on
the one hand technology evangelist, driving the digital transformation but on the other hand
providing foundational technology products to the whole organization. Michael has a passion for
technology and collaboration and strongly believes that the combination of both lead to sustainable
progress and innovation.
Prior to this function, Michael was heading “Digital Innovation & Partnerships” at Mercedes-Benz
Marketing and Sales, working on all aspects of the innovation value chain. Defining strategy for our
digital business, leading IT in the Mercedes-Benz Investment team, running a corporate startup
program (“The Builders”) out of Tel Aviv and building the largest Innovation Network in Mercedes-
Throughout his career, he held various positions in the field of how to bring innovation to reality,
from product ownerships and app development to agile coaching and design thinking – always
having the holistic picture of how to build digital products in mind.
Michael Vormittag studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology, ETH Zurich and the Singapore Management University.
Organizational Change Manager (DevOps), WirelessCar
So you've merged Dev and Ops, but what comes next? Six real-world examples of how teams adopt DevOps
In 2016, WirelessCar embarked on its DevOps journey by merging Development and Operations, marking the start of a transformative process. This talk presents the practical insights from this journey, shared by various teams within WirelessCar's 500-person development and product delivery organization. We explore diverse aspects of DevOps and illustrate their implementation through real examples.
Discover how shared responsibilities, leveraging the DevOps Health Radar, utilizing DORA metrics, and enabling enabler teams drove our progress. Learn how we balanced increased deployment frequency with unwavering quality. Explore Susan Wheelan's IMDG and GDQ tools, instrumental in forging high-performing teams.
Additionally, we outline the organizational support provided to facilitate DevOps adoption while ensuring compliance, security, and quality standards. Join us to learn from our experience and apply actionable tips to your own DevOps journey.
Scrum Master, WirelessCar
So you've merged Dev and Ops, but what comes next? Six real-world examples of how teams adopt DevOps
The WirelessCar DevOps journey began in 2016 with the merging of the Development and Operations departments, but this was only the beginning of a multi-year journey for our teams in adopting the DevOps culture and practices.
In this talk we provide practicable and actionable tips and insights from this journey through the eyes of different teams in WirelessCar's 500-person development and product delivery organisation, exploring different facets of DevOps and then show through real examples of how we have adopted them.
Some of these examples include shared responsibilities and ownership, improving through the use of the DevOps Health Radar, using the DORA metrics, the work of enabler teams, increasing the number of deploys while ensuring a high level of quality, and the role of Susan Wheelan's IMDG and GDQ tools for Team Development to build high-performing teams.
We also give details on the organisational support we give our teams to enable their adoption of DevOps, and at the same time ensure compliance with standards and regulations, with a high level of security and quality.
Ronnie has been working with DevOps culture, agile, and lean for several years in different companies and in different roles. He started in WirelessCar in 2020 as a Scrum Master, and very soon, he also had the chance to help out with the DevOps culture in the company.
Chief Cloud Architect, Saxo Bank
Journey to secure Agility: How Saxo Bank embraced DevSecOps in the era of containers and Kubernetes
Discover Saxo Bank's transformative journey in the dynamic world of software development. Join us for an engaging session where we unveil how we embraced containers and Kubernetes, overcoming challenges to build a strong DevSecOps culture.
Relive our early containerization journey, learning from pivotal moments and hurdles we surmounted. Explore the collaboration struggles between development, security, and operations and how we broke down barriers to foster effective cross-team communication.
Learn how DevSecOps revolutionized our security approach, integrating practices across the development lifecycle. Uncover our strategies for successful collaboration and how we used automated security checks to enhance vulnerability detection.
Join us to explore a story of determination, growth, and security evolution.
Jinhong is a highly skilled cloud and platform developer/architect, with a strong passion for DevSecOps practice and cloud-native technologies. She holds an MSc. in Software Development and Technology, and is certified as a Kubernetes application developer, administrator, and security specialist.
Currently serving as the Chief Cloud Architect and Product Owner at Saxo Bank, Jinhong works to bridge the gap between platform and application teams, with a focus on strengthening infrastructure platform offerings, improving the developer experience and maximizing productivity. She is a strong advocate for sustainable and secure ways of developing and managing applications and integrations.
Jinhong's passion for open source technology and community building has led her to become the organizer for the Cloud Native Copenhagen group, where she helps to spread awareness of open source technologies and grow the cloud-native community in Denmark.
Lead DevOps Consultant, Eficode
From onboarding to eBPF - what software companies can learn from submarines
Onboarding and value streams can transform entire organizations. In this talk, I’ll introduce you to the intricacies of submarines, what the onboarding process for them looks like, and how nuclear submarines navigate–sharing what software companies can learn from this.
I’ll then dive into what software development can learn from the deep blue sea, such as navigation and cloud-native visibility with eBPF.
You’ll learn how to:
- have a clear mission and how to share it
- collect the most meaningful data in monitoring
- keep a focus on the right things and avoiding tech rabbit holes
- know where you are in the right context
Co-host of the DevOps Sauna podcast and platform engineering at Eficode Andy worked as an electronic warfare and operations specialist for fast-attack submarines for ten years before delving into the telecoms industry and collaborating with various providers, vendors, and cloud use cases. He is currently consulting and helping organizations succeed in their cloud use and DevOps journeys for Eficode.
Following on from his work around (and under) all corners of the globe, Andy has learned to always keep an open mind, study all points of view, and find innovative solutions.
CEO, CloudNation ApS
Why are we losing altitude? I was promised clouds!
A lot of companies start out with a core business that is not software, and suddenly one day find themselves relying on software for a huge part of their income.
This lightning talk talks about the primary obstacles that companies encounter, that both "agile", cloud and DevOps as a whole promise to fix.
However after "implementing" each of the above steps they still see rust in the machine and fail to deliver the expected business results.
Often this is referred to as a "failed transformation", when in reality it is misunderstanding the primary issue all of the above tries to fix.
Want to find out what to do instead? Spend five minutes with me and see if I can change your approach!
David started his career in infrastructure around the same time Kubernetes became popular, in the company that eventually became Eficode. He kicked off his career implementing Docker and Kubernetes in a plethora of companies as a consultant during that period.
However he felt like the real difference was made at management level, and gave up the exciting hands-on world, in favor of a middle manager flavored approach to DevOps and testing in robotics, finally getting to understand why so many initiatives are drowned in politics.
After a while he just felt like that wasn't enough, just speeding up one company, and since moved on to founding a small consulting company, focused on helping more companies embark on the same journey - going from half a year releases to weekly or daily.
Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer & Security Researcher, Visma
Navigating Shift Left: Insights from our IaC Security Expedition
As organisations are increasingly hosting their services in the cloud, Infrastructure as Code tools(IaC) are highly used in automating the provisioning of the cloud services. Those tools can introduce security weaknesses and risky changes to the cloud platforms which started to become a highly attractive attack surface for the hackers. This talk reveals the results from a study on IAC security of 22 Visma projects having their cloud infrastructure hosted in GCP, AWS and Azure.
The aim of this presentation is to make practitioners aware of vulnerabilities that can appear in their infrastructure when using IaC but also it shows what we have learned in our journey to Shift-Left security for the cloud
Tom Ingeman Nielsen
Senior Manager - DevX, UX & Processes, Bankdata
Bots Will Save Us
There’s no silver bullet or magic trick that can create a foundation of highly effective platforms. Start by defining guiding principles and track heat loss between stream aligned and platform teams.
Platform teams are invisible - no ticket system or on call management. All processes are automated and developer friendly self service portals fuels innovation. We must interact async with new demands and our value add can be communicated by well defined infrastructure objective key results.
To sum it up - platform engineering is the secret ingredient to sublime developer experience.
A DevOps/SRE/DevX enthusiast with more than 20 years of developing and managing tech in highly regulated industries.
Fostering simplicity and transparency in IT and embracing the container revolution. Show it - don't tell it.
Co-Founder and Head of DevOps, Calitii
Go Faster, break less - A DevOps transformation at scale
This talk explores one of the largest Enterprise DevOps transformations ever undertaken, involving 50,000 engineers across 70+ countries collaborating on 8,500 applications. It identifies key factors for a successful transformation and common pitfalls. Research findings highlight that disciplined, faster teams experience fewer incidents, increased customer satisfaction, and higher staff engagement.
Within the dynamic realm of Enterprise DevOps, this study promotes a holistic approach, enabling organisations to excel in both speed and stability. It also offers a straightforward yet highly effective method for measuring and fostering progress, from the individual to the enterprise level.
David Keane is a seasoned IT leader with a wealth of experience working for some of the most prestigious names in Financial Services in a career that has allowed him to live and work in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and London. Most recently David led the DevOps transformation at HSBC, Europes largest bank. He co-authored the banks first DevSecOps strategy and oversaw its successful implementation.
David also chaired the Banks External FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) committee overseeing the banks first contributions to the community . A dedicated advocate for the DevOps movement, David has been a prominent speaker at various forums, including a plenary session at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in Amsterdam earlier this year.
Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe
Empowering Developers: Unleashing Productivity with Adobe's Internal Developer Platform
As an engineer at Adobe, I've had the privilege of witnessing first-hand the transformative power of our internal developer platform. In this session, I will take you on a journey through this remarkable platform, demonstrating how it has revolutionized my workflow as a developer.
Join me to explore the key components of Adobe's developer platform, including its seamless integration, automated processes, and robust tooling. Discover how this platform empowers developers like me to tackle complex challenges, streamline workflows, and deliver high-quality software with efficiency and precision. I'll share real-world examples and insights into how this platform has elevated my productivity, enabling me to focus on what truly matters: crafting innovative solutions and pushing the boundaries of software development.
Alexander Riß is a highly experienced Senior Computer Scientist 2 at Adobe, based in Hamburg, Germany. He plays a pivotal role as a key member of the DVA Sensei Team, specializing in the development of AI-powered features for Adobe Premiere Pro. With an extensive career at Adobe that includes diverse contributions to cloud service and client development for the Digital-Video and Audio group, Alexander has established himself as a seasoned expert in the field.
Prior to his tenure at Adobe, he gained valuable expertise at organizations like OTTO Group, XING, and AOL, where he gained different perspectives from e-commerce over social networks to online advertising. Attendees at the conference can look forward to gaining profound insights into the latest advancements in technology and software development from Alexander's wealth of experience.
Principal Engineer, Syntasso
Let's call platforms what they really are, ways to provide something-as-a-ServicePlatforms and Platform Engineering are the new buzzword du jour. But just like agile, DevOps and Observability, there are some really key concepts that deserve to be explored and applied. Together we will look beyond the definition of platform engineering to interrogate the outcomes promised by platforms and what that means in practice. In particular, there will be a deep dive into the “as-a-Service” pattern and how delivering internal services forms the cornerstone of Platform as a Product.
Abby is a Principal Engineer at Syntasso delivering Kratix, an open-source cloud-native framework for building internal platforms on Kubernetes. Her keen interest in supporting internal development comes from over a decade of experience in consulting and product delivery roles across platform, site reliability, and quality engineering.
Abby is an international keynote speaker, co-host of the #CoffeeOps London meetup, and supports SLOConf as a global captain. Outside of work, Abby spoils her pup Zino and enjoys playing team sports.
Engineering Team Lead, ComplyCloud
If no one asks the stupid questions, everyone remains stupid
It's right there. But no one else seems to bat an eye. Maybe you’re supposed to know? Could you ask? Maybe you should keep quiet and figure it out later...
It’s human instinct to “fit in” and “go along”, but this instinct can work against us when we want to innovate.
Establishing a culture of psychological safety can help your team members feel safe to address the elephant in the room, and get everyone’s brains and voices in the game. This lightning talk addresses how psychological safety affects software teams, and presents actionable tools for working with psychological safety based on research and testing with industry software teams, which you can take home to your own team.
And all it takes is 5 minutes!
Mikkel is Software Developer by day, and a Psychological Safety practitioner and researcher by... well, also day. He comes from a background working as a software developer, but realized early in his career that people and their interactions are what shape software.
As a result of this, Mikkel has spent the last couple of years researching and practicing psychological safety across different software teams - both directly in his own teams, and by sharing with other teams interested in working with psychological safety.
The result of this has been publication, a research award, and many amazing experiences working with psychological safety in different software teams.
Engineering Lead, Spotify
Service-meshing without ProxiesWhat makes a bunch of backend services a "service mesh"? And what's a service mesh good for anyway? This talk will address these questions alongside a technical overview of how Spotify's service mesh looks and how we roll it out at scale with minimal disruption to both the organization and to the end-user.
Throughout his working life, Matthias has flip-flopped between leadership & engineering roles. Having worked along both tracks for many years gives Matthias a unique perspective on challenges that are both technical and organizational in nature.
Matthias is the engineering lead for Spotify's compute and networking group. His team builds the infrastructure and platform on top of which Spotify delivers its experience. As a manager by trade and engineer by heart, Matthias feels most comfortable in the intersection between leadership and technology.
Digital Platform Owner, VELUX
From toolbox to platform product your developers love
Building a platform is not a "let's install a lot of awesome tools" exercise. Presenting developers with these toolboxes only increase the mental load. We need to take DevOps to the next level by creating tools our developers love to use, and hide all the tools they dont care about. But how do you hide Kubernetes, GitHub actions ect, and how do your developers release software?
In this talk Henrik will share the journey VELUX has been on while solving these exact problems. By the end of the talk you will know how to make an interface in front of your toolbox your developers love and wants to use.
After more then 14 years of doing consultancy work, Henrik moved on to work first as a platform engineer at Lunar and now a product owner at VELUX. He was among the first in Denmark to use and teach Cloud Native technologies in Denmark and among the first to get a Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification. Henrik is also the first and only Dane to do a keynote at KubeCon about the complexity of cluster failovers when doing GitOps.
Today Henrik works as a product owner at VELUX where he sets the architecture and direction of the internal Cloud Native platform.
Senior Software Engineer, Spotify
DevEx @SpotifyEmpathy is key to building great products. You need empathy to understand your customer needs, and you also need it to understand and improve the developer experience. At Spotify, empathy is a critical element of its engineering culture and the foundation of how it approaches every problem. In this session, Pia Nilsson and Vincenzo Scamporlino will share her experience incorporating empathy into the developer experience and offer strategies for other teams to build with empathy.
Lead Consultant, Transformations, Eficode
Agile and Product Management coach, Eficode