Tomek Pająk – Software Engineering Manager at Seamless Payments, IT Coach at Sages, MBA, PSM + PSPO
On daily basis I try to bridge the gap between technology and business worlds being convinced and convincing others that it’s actually one world because of a common goal. I believe that effective IT departments drive business of their companies along with other units like Product Management, Marketing or Sales by establishing partnership and trust between each other. If I were to put tags next to my name it would be: Agile, Scrum, Lean and DevOps.
I work at Seamless Payments and take part in development of our own product which is a mobile payment system called SEQR. I’m also a coach at Sages helping other organisations improving their businesses by adopting certain technologies (mostly Java-related) or methodologies/mindsets (like Scrum, Lean or DevOps).
Talk: How DevOps can improve your organization?
Scrum focuses on cross-functional teams delivering business value according to a Definition of Done. What the DoD is depends on the whole Scrum Team. If DoD is about delivering an increment of a product to a production environment, DevOps reinforces this.
Kanban focuses on optimising the flow of value and DevOps reinforces this.
Lean Startup focuses on failing and learning fast (keeping learn-build-measure cycle as short as possible) and DevOps reinforces this as well.
However, the typical misconception of DevOps and an antipattern at the same time is just throwing a system administrator into a developer team and leaving it as it is. DevOps setup to be successful must come from a culture shared by all the members of the team and management of a company.
In my presentation, based on my hands-on experience from different organisations, I would like to talk about influencing a culture which supports DevOps and helps to improve measurable business goals: decrease in lead time, increase in deployment frequency and decrease in mean time to recover from failure. Moreover, I would like to explain how DevOps is complementary with Scrum and Lean Startup and what ideas (not receipts!) you could try to incorporate in your organisation.