The Agile movement has revolutionized software development. Through simple principles and practices that emphasize getting the right things done and eliminating waste, Agile methods can increase quality and decrease the time of delivery.
Agile is simple, but it’s often not easy. Agile requires careful analysis and discipline. Naively applying Agile techniques without the guiding principles can lead to disappointments instead of a competitive advantages.
This session will introduce and explain the principles at the foundation of the Agile movement and walk through the practices of the more common methodologies, illuminating details an operations team might apply. The session will also touch on how applications have transformed since the Agile Manifesto was written, from bits that shipped on a disk to N-tier multi-tenant cloud-hosted webservices. This transformation and the role that both sysadmins and developers play in building and maintaining a scaleable web application is a key piece of analysis, providing perspective on how we got here and where we might go in the future.
The talk hopes to provide practical insights into specific tools, process and planning, but perhaps most importantly a framework for evaluating how these practices might apply in an existing organizational technology and culture… or not.
Andrew Shafer joined Reductive Labs to help make Puppet even more awesome. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods.
Andrew has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a Master’s in Scientific Computing, has worked for two venture funded startups and has been an Open Source user and advocate since the late 90s.
Andrew lives in Salt Lake City with his wife of 10 years. His two sons think he is pretty cool, but they are still young.
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