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Monday, July 28 • 09:00 - 10:15
Journey to Cloud Cadence (Sam Guckenheimer)

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Sam describes a ten-year transformation at Microsoft Developer Division from a waterfallian box product delivery cycle of four years to Agile practices enabling a hybrid SaaS and on-prem business, with a single code base, triweekly delivery of new features in the service, and quarterly delivery for on-prem customers. He presents three waves of improvement and learning: first, the reduction of technical debt and other waste to gain trustworthy transparency, second, the increase in the flow of customer value, and third the shortening of cycle time to allow continuous feedback and continuous business improvement.

The current scale of the business is that there are millions of customer accounts each on–premise and in the cloud. This hybrid situation will exist for many years, and is a necessary part of the business.

Sam will discuss both the organizational issues of transformation and give examples from monthly service reviews of key practices and metrics, such as hypothesis-driven development, funnel analysis, performance monitoring, MTTD and MTTR improvement, log analysis, root cause remediation, scale unit replication and canarying, common code base, testing cycles, georeplication, feature flags, compatibility and  compliance testing. He will share his thoughts on the lessons learned in moving from a traditional software delivery team to a modern DevOps team.


Sam Guckenheimer

Product Owner - Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft
Sam Guckenheimer is the author of three books on Agile Practices, DevOps and Application Lifecycle Management, most recently Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback. By day, Sam is the Product Owner for the Microsoft Visual Studio product line, consisting of the IDE, the SaaS offering Visual Studio Online, and Team Foundation Server.  In this capacity, he acts as the... Read More →

Monday July 28, 2014 09:00 - 10:15
Sun Ballroom

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