"Automation tools don’t fix bad processes"

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So often, organizations working to adopt DevOps initially focus on selecting tools and manipulating their choices to automate bad practices hoping to maximize efficiency. Automation is the easy part. But without culture transformation and process optimization, an organization will never realize their true potential. Optimizing the system as a whole – a system made up of people, processes and tools - means reviewing, questioning and potentially changing how things are across the entire lifecycle. During this meetup, let’s collaborate on techniques to change culture, the value of mapping the value stream, and the automation tools available to help.

About the speaker: Al Wagner is an IBM technical evangelist and DevOps enthusiast with more than twenty years of practical field experience in development roles driving thought leadership, strategic initiatives, and tangible solutions around DevOps and continuous delivery. Focusing primarily on deployment automation, release orchestration, and continuous testing, Al has practical knowledge of the IBM DevOps solution having assisted, mentored, and enabled both internal IBM and external customer teams to solve their IT challenges. He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world on software development – principles & techniques - and authored/co-authored numerous papers and books including Application Release and Deployment For Dummies, Continuous Testing For Dummies, and Service Virtualization For Dummies.

Agenda:
6 pm: get-together
6.30 pm: talk and discussion
7.30 pm: pizza, drinks and networking