Assessing and Improving Your DevOps Capabilities

Why DevOps, why now, and how can it help you? Build your resume and confidence by knowing how to answer these questions, which tools to use, and how to resource your projects. DevOps can mean the difference between being a leader in a market or a follower behind the competition.

In this Jump Start training with live Q&A, join industry experts, executives, and thought leaders, including Gene Kim of The Phoenix Project, for a deep dive into DevOps and how it can help streamline your workload and enable continuous delivery. Get practical tips you can implement immediately in your company, and leave with an understanding of how a maturity model can transition your organization into a meaningful DevOps practice.

Course Outline:

  • ​​Introduction to DevOps
  • Why Everyone Needs DevOps Now
  • Enhancing Your DevOps Capabilities
  • Operational Efficiency
  • The Value of Transparency in the Release Pipeline: Total Economic Impact (TEI) Study
Instructor Team
Doug Seven | Principal Program Manager at Microsoft

Doug Seven is a Microsoft Principal Program Manager and the Product Owner for Visual Studio Ultimate and Visual Studio Premium. His responsibilities include defining the product strategy and working across the Developer Division to ensure that these products meet the needs of enterprise customers building apps with Microsoft technology. Doug has come and gone from Microsoft a couple of times in pursuit of crazy ideas. In his last “vacation” away, he was the Executive Vice President at Telerik, responsible for building AppBuilder (formerly Icenium), a cloud-based cross-platform development solution. In previous roles, Doug has lead teams at Microsoft through agile transformation.

Gene Kim | Author and researcher | @RealGeneKim

Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and author. He was founder of Tripwire and was its CTO for 13 years. He has written three books, including The Visible Ops Handbook and The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.

Gene is a huge fan of IT operations and of how they can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from "code complete" to "in production," without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and on increasing the rigor around IT operational processes.

In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the "40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40" list, and he was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.

Richard Campbell | Campbell & Associates President; Microsoft Regional Director; Microsoft MVP

Richard Campbell is President of Campbell & Associates, and he has worked in both the hardware and software sides of the computer and software industry since 1977. Today, Richard consults with a number of clients on software architecture and future directions of technology. He is a Microsoft Regional Director and a Microsoft MVP. He is also a partner in PWOP Productions, creating a variety of multimedia programs, including ".NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers," a podcast produced twice a week for more than 250,000 listeners in 120 countries. In addition, he's the host of RunAs Radio, a podcast for the IT Professional using Microsoft technologies. Richard is also the Founder of Humanitarian Toolbox, a charity focused on building open source software for disaster relief organizations. You can find Richard at conferences all over the world.

David Tesar | Microsoft Technical Evangelist | @dtzar

David Tesar started in 2002 at Microsoft with roles as a Support Escalation Engineer and Premier Field Engineer, and, since 2007, has worked as an IT Pro Technical Evangelist for the Global Developer Experience and Evangelism (DX) team. David works to "share the good news" of software through creation of technical content, speaking at various Microsoft and industry-sponsored events, shooting hundreds of video interviews, leading the weekly Edge Show with monthly episodes on DevOps, and working on projects directly with customers and internal development teams. His focus is currently DevOps, which includes expertise in relevant products, such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio Online, Application Insights, Team Foundation Server, Release Management, and System Center.

Kris Lankford | Microsoft Senior Product Manager

Kris Lankford is a Senior Product Manager for the Visual Studio ALM solution at Microsoft. This job keeps him on the go and engaged with customers to ensure the product meets the need of the next generation of development and test. Kris has more than 15 years of experience in the software/IT industry, spanning engineering, leading agile teams, lean startups, ALM consulting/solutions, and product management. Kris has introduced teams to quality enablement through both automated and manual testing to improve software quality.

Sam Guckenheimer | Microsoft Visual Studio Product Owner

Sam Guckenheimer is the Product Owner for the Microsoft Visual Studio product line. In this capacity, he acts as the chief customer advocate, responsible for strategy of the next releases of these products, focusing on DevOps, Agile, and Application LifeCycle Management (ALM). Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Sam was Director of Product Line Strategy at Rational Software Corporation, now the Rational Division of IBM.

Sam gave the keynote for Agile 2014, Journey to Cloud Cadence, and he is the author of three books, most recently Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback.

Michelle Bishop | Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) Principal Consultant

Michelle Bishop is a Principal Consultant with Forrester's Total Economic Impact (TEI) consulting practice. She is a leading expert on measuring and communicating the value of vendor solutions for IT and business initiatives. Michelle also works with clients to evaluate business and technology investment opportunities through financial analysis.

Prior to joining Forrester, Michelle held leadership roles in technology, operations, and marketing in large organizations, including Shell and Avaya. Michelle also came to Forrester with process improvement and account management experience in high-growth media and digital services startups. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines and a master's of business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Live Event Details
October 14, 2014
9:00am–1:00pm PDT
What: Online virtual classroom with live Q&A
Cost: Free
Audience: IT decision makers, technology decision makers, and business decision makers

Familiarity with basic DevOps concepts and goals