DevOps Transformation Workshops – Leading Change!
DevOps Transformation workshops are interactive, hands-on, sessions designed for business leaders and the app dev and IT ops teams they depend on to create, deliver and manage the applications their customers and employees use. These workshops give a chance to the participants to explore the transformation their organizations could achieve through a DevOps approach, helping them create and nurture a DevOps culture within their organization. Regardless to the level of maturity on the lean – agile – DevOps adoption, there is something to learn for everybody and we have made it easy.
At IBM InterConnect 2017, these workshops were attended by people with diverse agendas - beginners to DevOps experts. One very interesting conversation I had was with a senior executive of a leading bank. She said, “before attending I was sure I would walk out after ten mins and was using the workshop as a filler between two sessions I wanted to attend. But as the workshop progressed, doing the exercise with likeminded people, understanding the business perspective of DevOps by going through the scenario, doing a prioritization, building an empathy map and providing feedback, I got so involved and interested that now I want an IBM expert to take my whole team through this workshop so we can modify the way we are working today. This will really help my team become more efficient and deliver faster. A win-win for the business. I am happy I walked in!”
You can get the essence of the workshops by watching the videos by some of the IBM SMEs that delivered the workshops at InterConnect. (Links provided below)
We received some very encouraging feedback from the attendees:
Format: Attendees liked the interactive, Q&A based, hands-on experience format. They could get their questions answered by the IBM experts while also interacting with other attendees. Some feedback received, “Very Interactive and well planned with a very flexible delivery format, “Hands on breakdown of a real problem”.
Content: Participants appreciated the content shared with them which helped them in their understanding of the topic. As per some of the participant’s the most valuable part of the workshops was, “Fresh Ideas and Experience”, “Understanding how innovation works in DevOps”.
Facilitators: The IBM experts facilitating the workshops were an instant hit with the crowd. They were acknowledged for their knowledge, interaction with the participants, effectiveness in answering questions. “Talking about 'quick wins'. Answering questions about DevOps and Agile”, “Straight forward approach, clear speaker”, “Provided clarity on the principles behind the tools used for DevOps”.
Business Value: One aspect which the participants liked was the way these workshops helped them move beyond the technological aspect and understand the business aspect of DevOps, its advantages and the value it adds to business. Participants mentioned the value from the workshops lied in understanding, “Business Perspective of DevOps”, “Paradigm shift to view from business purpose instead of technology view point”.
Knowledge sharing: The constant interaction and the group exercises allowed participants to understand how the other companies are adopting DevOps, the challenges they are facing and the way other organizations are overcoming their challenges. “Gathering perspective on what others are doing”, “Seeing other companies doing DevOps”.
If you missed attending the workshops at IBM InterConnect’17, then you can request for our IBM experts to conduct a free workshop for your team at your location. Interested! Click to request a free DevOps Workshop
You want to hear about the workshops? Check out a few videos
Peter Eeles (Executive IT Architect, IBM Hyrbid Cloud)
discusses about conducting the DevOps workshops (at customer location as well as InterConnect), his key takeaways and overall experience
Amy Silberbauer (Executive IT Specialist, Solution Architect, Enterprise Scaled Agile (SAFe) and DevOps)
talks about her workshop and how these workshops are a knowledge sharing platform
Sarah Plantenberg (Senior UX Designer and Lead, Worldwide IBM Bluemix Garages)
describes her experience at her Design Thinking workshop and discusses the Design Thinking concepts and value
Eric Minick (Senior Product Manager for UrbanCode)
Al Wagner (Technical Evangelist - DevOps, Deployment Automation, & Continuous Testing)
discuss how value stream mapping helps clients in the backdrop of the DevOps workshop they conducted
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About the Author:
Disha G Mittal is a Content Marketing Strategist for DevOps, IBM