Presentation: "Agile Operations - optimising the business one shell script at a time"

Time: Wednesday 15:35 - 16:35

Location: St James’s Suite, Fourth Floor


Building software used to be the bottleneck. The delays and hand-offs between groups meant you could go literally years without any delivery. Then came Agile with its co-located teams, automation, feedback and collaboration, which meant we could deliver quickly and respond to changes in business direction.

For a lot of firms freeing this bottleneck exposes the next constraint: getting things done across the organisation. They are structured according to a hierarchy which directly opposes the flow of value through the organisation, meaning more hand-offs and more delays.

Agile Operations combines Lean thinking and Agile development practices to addressing this constraint. In this talk, Dan introduces Agile Operations using real examples of refactoring business processes to achieve dramatic improvements, and describes techniques you can apply to your own situation. There will be shell scripts.

Tags: lean, agile, operations, automation, continuous-delivery, process
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Chris Read, DRW

 Chris  Read

Chris Read currently works at DRW where he helps developers and operations deliver more value faster. He used to work for ThoughtWorks as a Principal Technical Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist. This means he helps developers understand the environments they are developing for, and helps infrastructure people build better systems. His specialties are Unix (any flavor), scripting and networking. He has done time as a Developer and as a Sys Admin, but now he is both...

Dan North, Agile troublemaker, developer, originator of BDD

 Dan  North
Dan writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, and all the others are too. This is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since he graduated in 1991, and he occasionally blogs at