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Piedmont Triad DevOps Meetup

As of December 2015, Chris Donahue, President of Brydenn, has accepted the nomination to assume the Organizer role for the Piedmont Triad DevOps Meetup. As organizer, Chris’s goal is to foster growth, learning, and understanding of DevOps within the local business and technical communities.

As means of introduction, the Piedmont Triad DevOps Meetup, originally created in November 2014, comprises technologists of various roles — software development, operations, testing, release/change management, etc. — who all have a common interest in the idea that we should all work more closely together.

Through empathy and a better understanding of each others needs, we strive to advance our industry and improve our livelihood.

DevOps often means different things to different people. Let’s explore this practice together… and learn from each other about different tools, cultural experiences and challenges we’ve experienced along the way.

Please join us as we explore means to grow our community.

For more information, please contact me or check out: Piedmont Triad DevOps


Southern Fried Agile 2015 – Takeaways

The focus of Southern Fried Agile 2015 was to ‘uncover ways to develop software and help others do it’, and while there were many excellent talks and conversations specifically along those lines, I believe that this year’s conference spoke to the broader context of enterprise agility, business value, customer engagement, and performance. With that perspective, I believe the conference was beneficial for both agile coaches, scrum masters, product owners, and UX leads engaged in software development at the team level as well as business leaders, managers, and executives charged with leveraging agile methodologies as drivers for creativity, learning, and organizational results.

Some of my takeaways were:

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Southern Fried Agile 2015

Brydenn is excited to participate in Southern Fried Agile 2015 next week. The all-day event is scheduled for Thursday October 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Per the SFA’s website, the conference is targeting to ‘uncover ways to develop software and help others do it’. With a distinguished list of speakers, sponsors, and over 500 agile enthusiasts, I am looking forward to connecting with, learning from, and sharing with some of the best innovators, transformers, and practitioners in the field.

The schedule for this year includes five tracks: UX/People, Transformation, Foundation, Technical, Measurement. With great talks across these domains, there will be a discussion for everyone (or as in my case, a difficult decision as to which ones to join).

Additionally, there will be an opportunity to participate in Scott Ambler’s Disciplined Agile Master class Friday October 16. After meeting Scott during this years Agile Executive Forum, I admit that I am interested in taking one of his classes to learn more about Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). Even though I will not be able to join his class next week, I would recommend those interested in DAD to do so.

For more information, please contact me or check out: Southern Fried Agile, @sthnfriedagile, #SFA2015, Disciplined Agile Delivery

DevOpsDays Charlotte 2015

For the first time, Charlotte North Carolina will be hosting DevOps Days. This inaugural event is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 2 & 3, 2015 and will be held at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel.

DevOps Days is a global series of community-organized conferences that started with a single event in Ghent, Belgium in 2009 and have been growing in frequency and presence ever since.

If you want to learn from or collaborate with some of the most interesting and skilled DevOps practitioners in the industry, going to a DevOps Days conference is a great place to start.

DevOpsDays Charlotte will be my third DevOps Days event in 2015. As was with DevOps Days DC and Pittsburgh, I am looking forward to meeting practitioners, learning and sharing with them, and engaging in the DevOps community.

For more information, please contact me or explore: DevOps Days Charlotte, @DevOpsDays_CLT

All Things Open October 19th & 20th Raleigh NC

This will be my first All Things Open conference and I am absolutely looking forward to participating.

All Things Open is a Conference exploring Open Source, Open Tech and the Open Web in the Enterprise.

Join the world’s top developers, technologists, and decision makers for two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials, workshops and networking opportunities in Raleigh and the Research Triangle area.

For more information, please contact me or check out: @AllThingsOpen, #ATO2015, All Things Open

DevOps Days Pittsburgh

DevOps is Alive and Well in the Steel City.

The second annual DevOps Days Pittsburgh was held August 13 & 14, 2015 at the William Pitt Union on University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The two day event brought together a diverse audience of professionals and industry leaders who are looking to adopt DevOps practices and principles, and it proved to be a huge success.

This year’s event followed traditional DevOps Days formats by including a series of key notes, ignite talks, and open space sessions. With a nice blend of practitioners from application development, operations, and security disciplines, there were many insights to be gained. And with keynote topics ranging from ‘Application Orchestration with Kubernetes’ and ‘Security for Humans’ to ‘Busting Silos & Red Tape: DevOps in Federal Government’, there was something for everyone.

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