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We are pleased to announce that Rachel Laycock, Head of Technology for North America at ThoughtWorks, will be joining us at DevNation 2016 as a general session speaker.  With her background in Agile, Continuous Delivery, and strategy, Rachel is uniquely qualified to explain why CD is more than simply using new tools. This is certainly a relevant topic for everyone - should be fun!

Welcome, Rachel!


There are several factors to adopting the practices of Continuous Delivery. Most organizations start with tools. Should we adopt PaaS, is a container eco-system the right approach? Sadly if you currently have any legacy software or infrastructure you will soon find that these are not the hard questions you need to answer. Adopting continuous delivery practices requires change that includes organizational structure, processes and architecture. You cannot tackle one without the other as Conway's Law states they are inherently intertwined. So how do you create an organizational culture, methodology and architecture that supports rapid delivery of software, whilst still keeping your legacy systems up and running? How do you avoid common pitfalls or anti-patterns, which will hinder your ability to deliver? In this talk, I will address patterns such as micro-services, evolutionary architecture and empowered x-functional teams, which can speed up your delivery, but are not a free lunch. And how you move from your current monolith to adoption of these patterns.


Rachel is the Head of Technology for North America at ThoughtWorks and is based in New York. She has over 12 years of experience in software delivery, having worked on a wide range of technologies and the integration of many disparate systems. At ThoughtWorks, she has coached teams on Agile and Continuous Delivery technical practices. She contributes to and drives the regional technology strategy, and is a conduit between the technical teams on the ground and global technical leadership. She is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board to the CTO, which regularly produces the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar. She is fascinated by problem solving and has discovered that people problems are often more difficult to solve than software ones.


This talk will be at 5:00 PM (San Francisco time) on Monday, June 27.

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