Why Lean and Agile Need DevOps Now-A 14 Year Study Of High Performing IT Orgs

Gene Kim, Author of Phoenix Project & former CTO of Tripwire presents...

"Why Lean and Agile Need DevOps Now-A 14 Year Study Of High Performing IT Organizations"

Gene Kim has been studying high-performing IT organizations since 1999.  He is the author of the highly acclaimed “Visible Ops Handbook,” “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win,” and was founder and CTO of Tripwire, Inc.

Gene is passionate about DevOps, and believes that it is the logical and inevitable continuation of the journey that the Agile movement started in 2001.  The DevOps movement shares many of the goals, culture, values and ideals of the Agile movement, but requires a degree of collaboration between Development, QA and IT Operations until recently has been all too rare. 

He will be presenting his findings from an ongoing study of how high-performing IT organizations simultaneously deliver stellar service levels and deliver fast flow of new features into the production environment.  To successfully deliver against what on the surface appear to be conflicting objectives, (i.e. preserving service levels while introducing significant amounts of change into production), requires creating a highly-coordinated collection of teams where Development, QA, IT Operations, as well as Product Management and Information Security genuinely work together to solve business objectives.

Gene will describe what successful transformations look like, and how those transformations were achieved from a software development and service operations perspective.  He will draw upon fourteen years of research of high-performing IT organizations, as well as work he's done since 2008 to help some of the largest Internet companies increase feature flow and production stability through applications of DevOps principles.


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM:  Networking*

7:00 PM - 7:10 PM:  Announcements & Introductions

7:10 PM - 8:30 PM:  Gene Kim (Speaker)

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM:  Wrap-Up and More Networking

Snacks and light refreshments will be served.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Stacey Louie, SV-ALN Organizer


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  • Kamal M.

    Quote of the day.. most important ly treat the next in line person in the value stream as your customer

    2 · October 15, 2013

    • Bernie

      HP formerly called that the 'next bench' mindset: perform your work so the person at the 'next bench' had as easy a time as possible with your output

      1 · October 16, 2013

  • Amy K.

    Really great presentation and Gene Kim is an excellent presenter.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • K Ramesh Babu, C.

    Introducing DevOps-centric user stories is a good way to remove the siloed environment between Dev and Ops.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Peter M. A.

    SV-ALN has had fantastic Agile speakers each month now for two years. Gene Kim was the most inspiring yet and illuminated how far we can go in creating a DevOps, stats-driven, and trust-led team.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • John C.

    Great content presented extremely well.

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Great speaker and a very interesting topic. Lots of valuable takeaways!

    2 · October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    October 8, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Rats, looks good. I'll be presenting at BAALN on Tuesday...

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Elina R.

    What an unfortunate coincidence with event at BayALN... we need not step on each other toes and collaborate better on scheduling of the events... I would love to come but will be helping to run BayALN the same night.

    October 7, 2013

    • Stacey L.

      Hi. I am equally bummed although we had let David C know a couple of weeks ago of the timing mismatch. We saw the same in Sept so where Lyssa/ Michael came to BAYALN. We at SVALN cancelled our meetup to help avoid the conflict. We accept that these things may happen from time to time unfortunately.

      1 · October 7, 2013

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