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June 26, 2018

DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2018 – Day 1 Recap

By IT Revolution

The DevOps Enterprise Summit London opened to another sell-out crowd today at The InterContinental – The O2. A record 1,000 people filed into the main ballroom to hear Gene Kim welcome them to the third annual Summit in Europe. All of the presenters and organizations involved are helping to pioneer the practices and identify the patters that will soon be commonplace in businesses across the globe. In addition, Day 2 sessions will be showcasing some amazing experience reports from the leaders of large and complex organizations – sharing what they did, what they learned and their outcomes – we continue to document transformation journeys from several enterprises and leaders year-over-year.

Our focus for this year continues to be:

  • Great experience reports, and repeat experience reports
  • Elevating the focus on Next Generation Ops and Infrastructure
  • Helping conference attendees to achieve their goals
  • Elevating focus on Spanning Business/Technology Divide
  • Amplifying subject matter experts from the domains we need

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This year’s theme of “Get Together, Go Faster” rang true as attendees listened to a number of great talks, including the first round of plenary sessions by Chris Hill, Head of Systems Engineering, Infotainment at Jaguar; Aimee Bechtle and John Schmidt of Capital One; and Markus Rautert and Fernando Cornago of Adidas. Increasingly, we are seeing that the obstacles technology leaders face in large, complex organizations are outside the technology value stream.

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Chris Hill, Head of Systems Engineering, Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover


Breakout sessions throughout the day were packed with standing room only. Getting to “speed and stability” were key themes highlighted throughout the first day, as many of the hallway discussions and sessions centered around:

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  • Culture, culture, culture.
  • Creating faster feedback loops for continuous learning and improvement earlier on in the software delivery lifecycle
  • The reality that technology needs to move faster than other business functions, but that this is where the art of collaboration presents itself
  • The need for it to be okay to say “No,” or to fail; as long as the goal is to continuously build an organization that can recover from failure by capturing critical knowledge and learnings from unexpected events and incidents along the way
  • Stakeholders outside of the IT organization playing larger roles in the transformation itself, thus creating ambassadors who rally behind the cause.
  • And the stark reality that data is everything; and that data backed performance metrics is a way to increase successes instead of following a generalized maturity model

The day was capped off with an industry reception in the Exhibit Hall where food and beverages were a relaxing and fun way to end the day.


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Top Tweets & Quotes So Far


  • Breakfast will be served in the Expo Hall starting at 7:30 until 8:50 a.m.
  • A new program element added this year is “Lunch with Speakers” which gives attendees an opportunity to engage with select speakers. It will take place at 12:25 p.m. in the Riverside Suites area.
  • Another feature for this year’s program is “Lean Coffee,” which provides a great opportunity for attendees to gather with a trained facilitator to share their thoughts about like-minded industry topics. Each attendee helps drive the most top of mind discussion topic.
  • Check the agenda for Day 2 and be sure to know the time and location of your most desired sessions!
  • Share topics, discussion items and other community-oriented in the Slack Channel:


Special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, XebiaLabs!

In celebration of DOES18 London, XebiaLabs is giving away new Periodic Table of DevOps Tools posters at their booth at the DevOps Enterprise Summit. Be sure to stop by and grab your copy!

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