March 14, 2024 - London & online

A fantastic line-up of thought leaders and experts

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Meet the speakers

Melissa Perri

World-renowned Product management expert, Author of Escaping the Build Trap, and CEO of Product Institute and Produx Labs

Beyond the Build Trap: Becoming Product-Led

Over the past decade, companies have made strides in delivering software, and convincing their companies to turn to Product Management to get out of the Build Trap. But, still many of these companies get stuck putting these practices into place so that the entire business is working together to become product-led.

In this talk, Melissa will address what product-led really means, the barriers preventing companies from reaching this goal, and how Product Strategy and Product Operations are the key to solving these problems.

Melissa Perri is a strategic advisor, author, and board member that works with leaders at Fortune 500 companies and SAAS scale ups to enable growth through building impactful product strategies and organizations. In 2018 she wrote the industry-acclaimed book "Escaping the Build Trap". Currently, Melissa is the CEO and founder of Produx Labs, which offers e-learning for product people through Product Institute and CPO Accelerator. She is as a board advisor for Labster and Dragonboat, and a former board member of Forsta (acquired by Press Ganey in 2022). In 2019, Melissa was appointed to the faculty of Harvard Business School to teach Product Management in the MBA program. She has consulted with dozens of companies to transform their product organizations, including Insight Partners, Capital One, Vanguard, Walmart/Sam's Club. In her free time, you can find her trying to finish her house renovations before something else breaks.
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Matthew Skelton

Co-author of Team Topologies, and CEO at Conflux

DevOps Topologies 10 years on: What have we learned about silos, collaboration, and flow

In this talk, Matthew explores the key learnings from 10 years of Team Topologies and State of DevOps Reports and outlines key steps that organizations can take to improve IT delivery performance:

  • Organize for flow
  • Address team cognitive load
  • Estimate the cost of “tangled software”
  • Use the Accelerate metrics and community techniques to find good boundaries for flow 
  • Develop secure foundations in social and technical practices that support fast flow
  • Take a realistic view about the nature and scale of change needed

By combining learnings from State of DevOps Reports and Team Topologies together with principles championed by the DevOps community, organizations can navigate a route to business agility via a fast flow operating model.

Matthew Skelton is co-author of the award-winning and ground-breaking book Team Topologies, and Founder & Principal at Conflux. The Team Topologies book was rated one of the ‘Best product management books of all time’ by Book Authority and is widely used by organizations worldwide to transform the way they deliver value.

Matthew is one of the foremost leaders in modern organizational dynamics for fast flow, drawing on Team Topologies and related practices to support organizations with transformation towards a sustainable fast flow of value and true business agility. 

A Chartered Engineer (CEng), Matthew brings together principles and practices from multiple disciplines for a holistic approach to digitally-enriched operating models. He combines his experience as a leader and software architect in multiple contexts (GOV.UK, ecommerce, financial services, telecoms, pharma, retail, robotics, etc.) with a strong interest in the human side of organizations for a compassionate and humanistic approach to organizational effectiveness. 

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Amanda Brock

CEO, OpenUK

Will opening AI destroy open source software?

Nobody can escape AI. It has those concerned in existential risk in a tizzy and the rest of the world working out how it will impact our jobs and businesses.  All difficult to work out without actually understanding what AI is capable of and what its impact is.  

This talk will focus on:

  • What is Open Source?
  • What is AI openness?
  • What are the risks and benefits of opening up AI and equally the risks of trying to close it?
  • How is AI impacting society as a whole and in particular Open Source?
  • And where is this all going?

Amanda will draw on OpenUK’s recent research and report on AI (to be published early 2024) and the discussions at State of Open Con 24 in early February, to bring the most current thinking to the audience in a cohesive way as she considers the risk of Open in AI and the risk AI poses to Open Source.

Amanda Brock is CEO of OpenUK the UK organisation for the business of Open Technology –  open source software, open hardware, open data, open innovation and open standards - with a purpose of UK Leadership and Global Collaboration in Open Technology. She is also the Executive Producer of State of Open Con 24 taking place 6 and 7 February 2024 in London.

She is an appointed member of the Cabinet Office's Open Standards Board; the Advisory Board Member Mimoto; and European Representative of the Open Invention Network.

A lawyer of 25 years’ experience, she previously chaired the Open Source and IP Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs; sat on the OASIS Open Projects, Initiative; was a Member of the British Computer Society Inaugural Influence Board; and of the UK Government Energy Sector Digitalisation Task Force Advisory Board; as well as being an elected Board Member of the Open Source Initiative. Formerly General Counsel of Canonical for 5 years from 2008 she set up and ran their legal function and has been part of the open source community since.

Amanda is a judge in the IDG Foundry CIO 100 2023 having been a Judge in the We are Tech Women Rising Star Awards 2020-22.

Listed as the 37th Most Influential Woman in UK Tech by Computer Weekly in 2023 and in Computing’s IT Leaders 100 2023, she is again included in the 2023  Involve HERoes list of 100 global women executives driving change by example. She is  shortlisted for the Women In Tech Excellence Awards Role Model of the Year and Hero of the Year categories for 2023. In 2022 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards UK 2022.

Amanda writes regularly for the tech press and is the editor of Open Source Law, Policy and Practice (2nd edition) published by Oxford University Press in October 2022, with open access thanks to the Vietsch Foundation https://amandabrock.com/books/.  

linkedin.com/in/amandabrocktech/ @amandabrockUK @openuk_uk

https://openuk.uk/  https://amandabrock.com/

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Sven Peters

DevOps Advocate, Atlassian

Developer Joy – How great teams get s%*t done

Software development has become more complex over the years: Building and running a distributed architecture in the cloud, ensuring observability, discussing user experience with design and product, and keeping a healthy balance between dev speed and code quality isn’t easy. Just be agile and practice DevOps, they say.

Join Sven and learn how great software teams measure and improve their developer experience, coordinate work across teams, run autonomous but highly aligned teams, and create a healthy and joyful engineering culture. Always backed up by data (not driven) instead of opinions.

The talk will demonstrate how great teams faced development challenges, reinvented themselves, and created new ways of working to get s%*t done. Without losing sight of what makes this craft fun for engineers.

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Teresa Wu

VP of Software Engineering, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

DEVOPS FOR FRONTEND & IMPLEMENTATION IN THE CHASE UK APP

DevOps is always known and common for the backend, but it is for both Frontend and Backend development, as it is a collection of sets of tools to accelerate our daily tasks and transfer everything from manual to automation.

However, DevOps for frontend projects is slightly different from Backend, and here in this talk, I will walk you through details of what DevOps means for frontend developers, and how to create a CI/CD pipeline that contributes to improving productively and releasing cycle in the Chase UK Application.

Key takeaways:
- The different types of CI/CD pipeline
- Chase project design, architecture, and modularisation
- Decouple services and reduce cycle dependencies
- Tool configuration
- Types of pipelines for integration, release, and deployment
- Application versioning and infrastructure management

Teresa is a public speaker, Google Developer Expert (GDE), mentor, and software engineer who is passionate about front-end development and Cloud technology. She has been working with many talented developers to craft various apps and projects throughout the years, and she likes to explore the world of multi-platform, the fun of continuous delivery, and seeing through the product from development to release. 
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Jordan Stoner

Agile coach, Lockheed Martin

HOW TED LASSO HELPED ME LEAD THE AGILE CHANGE AT LOCKHEED MARTIN: A TALE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Using quotes and explanations from the Ted Lasso show, discussion of British English vs. US English, we will talk through how we helped Lockheed Martin stand up Agile programs.

Jordan Stoner is a an Agile Coach on multiple programs at Lockheed Martin. Jordan teaches multiple Agile and Scaled Agile Courses internally, helping Lockheed Martin learn and understand how to win and execute to increase our value to our customers and shareholders.

Coming to Lockheed Martin from Boeing, where Jordan was a Scrummaster and Release Train Engineer on the 2nd Century Manufacturing project for the commercial side of the business. Working in Scaled Agile since 2017, Jordan has also worked on many smaller scaled Agile project both at Boeing and at his previous position at Morningstar Financial. Jordan has a total of 8 years working in a wide variety of Agile programs, both large and small. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

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Anthony Earl

Space Agile coach, Lockheed Martin

HOW TED LASSO HELPED ME LEAD THE AGILE CHANGE AT LOCKHEED MARTIN: A TALE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Using quotes and explanations from the Ted Lasso show, discussion of British English vs. US English, we will talk through how we helped Lockheed Martin stand up Agile programs.

Dr. Anthony Earl has deep experience with software engineering environments, software development processes and associated database designs. He is the author of two books and many papers on those topics and the original author of the NIST/ECMA Reference Model for Software Engineering Environments. Since 2013 he has been a SAFe SPC and helped organizations in both making the transition to SAFe and executing within the framework. He joined Lockheed Martin in 2020 and has since been involved in both delivering a wide variety of SAFe classes and coaching some major Lockheed Martin programs.
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Abby Bangser

Principal Engineer, Syntasso

REVOLUTION STARTS WITH EVOLUTION: BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE WITHOUT DITCHING YOUR EXISTING PLATFORM

Many platform engineering blog posts and tutorials focus on how to get started quickly with new tools. Yet there is a deafening silence about how to do this without leaving behind the “legacy” code and services that are currently funding the company. This means that for every new tool or new automation introduced in a unique and modern way, the team seems to be increasing their maintenance load rather than decreasing it.

Unfortunately there is no silver bullet. Migrations are hard work, and they have a long tail. But the key is defining the scope of the migration and being able to track progress while building new tools, scripts, and offerings in a more consistent and manageable way.

We can lean on tried and tested software development practices here and leverage the facade pattern where the “old” process is placed behind an API that can slowly start routing requests to a new implementation.

This talk will look at how your platform doesn’t have to be an anchor for future innovation. You can responsibly bring in innovative new tools so long as you build a bridge for existing platforms.

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.

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Jonas Druedahl Rask

Leader, Developer and Master Brick Picker. Transforming the Developer Experience at Lego

THE LEGO GROUP’S DEVELOPER PLATFORM AND HOW IT IS CLICKING DEVELOPER EXPERIENCE INTO PLACE

The LEGO Group acknowledges the pivotal importance of a fluid developer experience in driving forward innovation and operational effectiveness. To champion this cause, we have unveiled Baseplate, a cutting-edge developer platform engineered to enrich the Developer Experience for our technical teams. Baseplate transcends the conventional boundaries of a mere tool and emerges as a dynamic ecosystem. It promotes widespread adoption with its intuitive interface and flexible, modular design, empowering developers to effortlessly contribute and tailor functionalities.

This presentation will delve into the methodologies underpinning Baseplate and its implementation within the LEGO Group, demonstrating how it has transformed our Developer Experience.

Attend this insightful session to learn about the profound influence of a developer platform and how it serves as a foundational element for crafting robust developer experiences, assembling brick by brick.

Leader, Developer and Master Brick Picker. Transforming the Developer Experience at LEGO

Jonas is a technology professional with 20 years in the industry, primarily focusing on software development. In the past six years, Jonas has focused on leadership, leveraging his understanding of technology to build and cultivate high-performing teams that drive innovation and growth.

With a passion for Software Development, Jonas currently leads a team of dedicated engineers at LEGO, working to create a cutting-edge Developer Experience that aims to elevate the productivity and efficiency of the developer community within The LEGO Group.

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Kristian Lindwall

Director Of Engineering

Innovate at scale: Spotify's Experimentation Journey

In the rapidly evolving world of digital streaming, maintaining a leading edge in innovation is not just an advantage but a necessity. A deeply ingrained culture and approach to experimentation has been fundamental to enabling Spotify's growth. Over the last decade, we built out our platform, which is now designed to power hundreds of product teams to seamlessly conduct thousands of experiments annually, as well as safely roll out new product increments every day, reaching hundreds of millions of users worldwide. This presentation will delve into Spotify's journey, highlighting how the organization has systematically evolved its culture, platform, and tooling to foster an environment where innovation thrives.

We will also share how and why this led us to make our experimentation platform available as a commercial offering, Confidence. Attendees will gain insights into the challenges faced during this evolution, the strategies employed to overcome them, and the lessons learned along the way.

Kristian Lindwall is the Director of Engineering at Spotify and spearheads the organization focused on building the platform for applied data, ranging from machine learning and generative AI to analytics and experimentation. Kristian brings nearly two decades of expertise in managing and coaching diverse engineering and product teams.

Before Spotify, Kristian spent eight years in Stockholm’s fintech industry, where he built and grew the engineering team at the largest online broker company in Sweden.

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Waqas Ali

Lead Engineer, Developer Platform Developer Platform & Transparency

THE LEGO GROUP’S DEVELOPER PLATFORM AND HOW IT IS CLICKING DEVELOPER EXPERIENCE INTO PLACE

The LEGO Group acknowledges the pivotal importance of a fluid developer experience in driving forward innovation and operational effectiveness. To champion this cause, we have unveiled Baseplate, a cutting-edge developer platform engineered to enrich the Developer Experience for our technical teams. Baseplate transcends the conventional boundaries of a mere tool and emerges as a dynamic ecosystem. It promotes widespread adoption with its intuitive interface and flexible, modular design, empowering developers to effortlessly contribute and tailor functionalities.

This presentation will delve into the methodologies underpinning Baseplate and its implementation within the LEGO Group, demonstrating how it has transformed our Developer Experience.

Attend this insightful session to learn about the profound influence of a developer platform and how it serves as a foundational element for crafting robust developer experiences, assembling brick by brick.

Waqas is a distinguished software engineer with a wealth of experience that spans across the tech industry. With an impressive tenure dedicated to software development, Waqas has established himself as an expert in the field, playing an instrumental role in the creation of robust and scalable applications in multiple enterprises. 

Over the past five years, Waqas has led various engineering teams in developing solutions with a strong developer focus, streamlining workflows and enhancing the developer experience. Currently, he Leads a team of engineers who are developing a developer platform in the LEGO GROUP. 

Outside of the tech arena, Waqas is deeply devoted to his family, cherishing the time spent with loved ones and ensuring a balanced, nurturing home life. He is also a proponent of a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a regimen of regular exercise and wellness practices that complement his professional dedication. 

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Emma Dahl Jeppesen

Product Manager of Observability & Developer Tooling - TV 2 Denmark

From Assumptions to Measured Impact: Improving Developer Experience at TV 2

Join us for a discussion on how to assess and improve Developer Experience (DevEx) based on the journey of the Danish TV broadcasting station, TV 2. We’ll dissect the shortcomings of superficial metric implementations like DORA and lay out a roadmap for meaningful actions in your DevEx strategies. Learn how to shift from gut feelings to a data-driven approach that enhances developer productivity and satisfaction. This isn’t just about numbers; it’s about understanding their story and harnessing them to drive real change.

This is not your typical success story. It’s a real discussion between Marko and Emma on the mistakes and learnings of TV 2’s team on their transformative journey. Expect to gain easy and actionable tips on how to employ user-centric approaches to DevEx and platform engineering, even if you’re not a huge team in a very large organization.

Emma Dahl Jeppesen is the Product Manager for the Observability and Developer Tooling teams at the media company TV 2, enabling the developers building the most viewed newssite and one of the most popular streaming services in Denmark. She started her journey in tech as the Product Owner for the former DevOps team in the company, and she’s been there during the company’s transition into its Platform Engineering and DevEx journey. Emma's main focus is employing a user-centric mindset through measurable impact and UX methods.
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Marko Klemetti

CTO, Eficode

From Assumptions to Measured Impact: Improving Developer Experience at TV 2

Join us for a discussion on how to assess and improve Developer Experience (DevEx) based on the journey of the Danish TV broadcasting station, TV 2. We’ll dissect the shortcomings of superficial metric implementations like DORA and lay out a roadmap for meaningful actions in your DevEx strategies. Learn how to shift from gut feelings to a data-driven approach that enhances developer productivity and satisfaction. This isn’t just about numbers; it’s about understanding their story and harnessing them to drive real change.

This is not your typical success story. It’s a real discussion between Marko and Emma on the mistakes and learnings of TV 2’s team on their transformative journey. Expect to gain easy and actionable tips on how to employ user-centric approaches to DevEx and platform engineering, even if you’re not a huge team in a very large organization.

Marko is the CTO of Eficode and spends a significant amount of his time advising organizations on their path to becoming modern and software-driven. He is still a passionate programmer, working mostly on emerging technologies that have the potential to become mainstream in the future. That helps him gain a very in-depth understanding of the trends and new possibilities.

As part of his work at Eficode, Marko is also a founder and advisor in many tech startups. Marko is an active speaker, and you can find him not only on the DevOps Sauna podcast series by Eficode, but also on The DEVOPS Conference stage and as a speaker at various other conferences.

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Matt Muschol

Founder Swiftix Software

HOW NOT TO INTRODUCE CODE REVIEWS

When introducing code reviews to a team that has not done code reviews before, one must resist the urge to suddenly go from no code reviews to compulsory code reviews performed by senior developers, following a pre-defined checklist, requiring multiple approvals and needing all review comments to be resolved before any code can be merged.

Whilst it may be the desired end goal to have every line of code reviewed through structured processes, the sudden change from no reviews to full scrutiny can be perceived as threatening and damage the team dynamic. This can have a potentially lasting negative impact on the team.

This talk outlines a proven six- step process for introducing code reviews to a team.

Before founding Swiftix Software, Matt Muschol was the Technical Director and Chief Technology Officer for a major Atlassian Platinum Partner. Overall he has worked in the Atlassian and DevOps space for the last fourteen years of his 25+ years career in the software industry.

Matt comes from a software development background and has a Computer Science degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany. He has worn many hats over the course of his career, including developer, software architect, team lead, development manager, technical director and CTO.

Matt is passionate about two things: 1. Striving to be the best he can be at what he does, and 2. helping others become the best version of themselves.

Matt knew that software development was going to be his passion when he taught himself BASIC from a library book in the very early 1980s and then wrote his first programme standing at one of those new "Home Computers" in a local department store. His first programme wreaked havoc and he learned lesson one: turn it off and back on again. But he was hooked for life.

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Darren Richardson

Security Architect, Managed Services, Eficode

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Cybersecurity specialist, storyteller, occasional musician and giant with a great bushy beard, Darren Richardson is what happens if you cross a security nerd with a European Brown Bear who just woke up from hibernation.

With years of experience in cyber security and a desire to tell stories wherever he goes, he has much to tell on Dev(Sec)Ops and IoT, and has a passion for breaking down the highly technical in an entertaining way.

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Hosts

Pinja Kujala

Pinja Kujala

Agile and Product Management coach at Eficode

Conference Host

Pinja Kujala is a Senior Consultant at Eficode, with a specialization in agility and product development practices. With a background in legal and compliance, she helps others achieve excellence in operations while maintaining a human-centric approach.
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Marc Dillon

Lead Consultant, Transformations at Eficode

CONFERENCE HOST

Marc Dillon is Lead Consultant in transformations at Eficode. He is a seasoned professional in the field of DevOps with an extensive background in product development. Marc is highly skilled in channeling his energy and enthusiasm into inspiring others and is known for being a strong advocate of the cultural aspects of DevOps.