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May 9, 2017

What to Expect from DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2017

By Gene Kim
Gene Kim

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In this post, I’d like to give you my DOES17 highlights as we head into the final weeks before DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2017. Read about new and ongoing experience reports, State of DevOps Report findings, and exciting new ways to connect with speakers at the event.[/perfectpullquote]

I am incredibly excited for the second year of the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London. I’ll be joining the top technology leaders from around the world for two days of high learning, networking, and exchanging insights with some of the best practitioners and subject matter experts anywhere. We return to London to hear where some of last year’s speakers are now and to hear some new stories from the DevOps community. We have a two-day lineup of more than 50 speakers, DevOps Workshops, Q&A sessions, and networking. I hope you’ll join us!


DevOps Enterprise Summit London
Queen Elizabeth II Centre
5–6 June 2017


Leaders Talking About the Continuation of Their Journey

One of the most rewarding parts of running the DevOps Enterprise Summit conferences is how we’ve been able to follow leaders who are driving technology transformations over multiple years. This isn’t something you typically see in a technology conference, but I’ve written before about how much I love that we get front-row seats of an unfolding documentary of the ongoing transformations that they are helping drive in their large, complex organization.

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I believe that so many of the DevOps Enterprise Summit presenters are pioneering the practices that will be commonplace in ten years. I believe that leaders sharing their experience reports is critical for us as a community to find out what philosophies and practices work in the long run. (And conversely, what philosophies and practices to avoid!)

I’m particularly excited that about 25% of the speakers are repeat speakers, who will be sharing their successes and learnings since last year, who often have gained considerably increased responsibilities, able to elevate the state of the practice across a larger portion of their organization. You can catch up on their previous presentations in the videos below to fully appreciate the strides they’ve made in the past year. The list of repeat speakers who are sharing transformation experience reports in London include:

Tom Clark, Head of Common Platform, ITV

Jason Cox, Director, Systems Engineering, The Walt Disney Company

Jonathan Fletcher, Chief Technology Officer, Hiscox

Rosalind Radcliffe, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect for DevOps for Enterprise Systems, IBM

Robert Scherrer, Head Application Engineering, SIX

Jonathan Smart, Head of Development Services, Barclays

Vincent van Kooten, Head of FO development, Ingenico and Gebrian de Bulten,  DevOps Lead Gallia, Accenture

And Dominica DeGrandis, Damon Edwards, and John Willis will be returning, as well, sharing more of their expertise as subject matter experts. You can watch their past presentations on our YouTube channel.

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Exciting First-Time Experience Reports

We had so many submissions from leaders at large, complex organizations, often describing transformations that we hadn’t heard of, let alone imagined. We spent several weeks narrowing down the presentations, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see them share their amazing stories from the stage. You won’t want to miss these presentations by

Andrea Hirzle-YagerAndrea Hirzle-Yager, Head of Department at Allianz Deutschland AG: describes how her team was able to deliver an urgently needed mobile capability into the marketplace and is now helping create the next generation of platforms to maximize developer productivity across the organization—in a heavily unionized IT workforce.



Robin YemanRobin Yeman, LM Fellow at Lockheed Martin, and Suzette Johnson, Northrop Grumman Fellow at Northrop Grumman, describe how they have created and spread Agile and DevOps practices in their respective organizations, often in large U.S. Department of Defense programs with high levels of contractual and regulatory oversight.



John DavisJohn Davis, Lead Architect at easyJet, describes how they’ve increased reliability and lead times for the operations supporting an airline, heavily reliant upon vendor software that they didn’t write.




Jens Wilhelms

Christoph ScharJens Wilhelms, Head of Development Foundation and Christoph Schär, Head of Digital Development, both of Swisscom describe the initiative they’re leading to elevate productivity for over 1200 software engineers across the company.

New! Findings of the 2017 State of DevOps Report

The findings of the fifth annual 2017 State of DevOps Report, a collaboration between DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) and Puppet, will be announced at DevOps Enterprise Summit! Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Nigel Kersten will be presenting this year’s findings based on the State of DevOps Survey conducted earlier this year. 

As part of the team who helped design and analyze this report, all I can say is that this year has some of the most interesting findings ever, especially in the areas of architecture and leadership.

More Ways for Attendees to Connect with Speakers

One of the other rewarding parts of organizing this conference is working with an amazing programming committee, all of whom believe conferences have had a large impact on their lives—this year, the London programming committee includes

  • Cornelia Davis, Senior Director of Technology, Pivotal Software, Inc.
  • Dominica DeGrandis, Director of Learning & Development, LeanKit
  • Damon Edwards, Co-Founder, Rundeck, Inc.
  • Jonathan Fletcher, CTO, Hiscox
  • Ben Grinnell, Managing Director, North Highland
  • Jonathan Smart, Head of Development Services, Barclays
  • John Willis, Director of Ecosystem Development, Docker

One of the things we all have in common is that we go to many conferences, because it’s such a great format for learning and sharing. And there, we also get firsthand experience of all the things that all attendees may find frustrating.

One of my pet peeves is the Q&A format after talks, which can be frustrating for several reasons. When there is an open mic, there’s the weird questions, there’s ten-minute question that’s not actually a question, there’s the “wait 2 minutes while the person with the microphone gets to the person,” etc.

There’s so many different variations of this, such as the “we all line up to talk to the speaker, but the person at the front of the line takes up all the time” phenomena. I’ve waited in line to talk the speaker, only to walk away because the line didn’t move fast enough.

This year in London, we’re trying an Ask the Speaker format, where there will be a room an hour each day after lunch, where all the plenary speakers will assemble. Each of them will have chairs around them, so that there can be an open question and answer session, to enable production information sharing between all the interested attendees and the speakers. I’m eager to see how this format works as a better way to connect. (Many thanks to Dominica DeGrandis who proposed this, based on the “Ask the Stalwarts” format at the Agile 2015 conference.)

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In short, I never learn as much as throughout the year as I do during my days spent at DevOps Enterprise Summit. It never ceases to amaze me the level of accomplishment and generosity demonstrated by these DevOps leaders. Every day is full of some of the most courageous and exciting transformation stories I had ever seen, and this year’s conference is going to be no different. I hope you’ll agree that we have an amazing conference in store for you at DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2017. I look forward to seeing you there!

5–6 JUNE 2017
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Gene Kim

Gene Kim is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, researcher, and multiple award-winning CTO. He has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999 and was the founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He is the author of six books, The Unicorn Project (2019), and co-author of the Shingo Publication Award winning Accelerate (2018), The DevOps Handbook (2016), and The Phoenix Project (2013). Since 2014, he has been the founder and organizer of DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.

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