Dan North – keynote speaker for PIPELINE 2017

So great to have Dan speaking at PIPELINE Conf 2017!


We are delighted to announce that Dan North will be our keynote speaker for PIPELINE 2017!


Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques. With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide. The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. He occasionally blogs at http://dannorth.net/blog.

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How and why to run internal tech conferences – InfoQ article

In an environment of rapidly-changing technology and approaches, an internal tech conference can be a powerful and effective way of spreading new ideas and practices and sharing learning & experience. Having organised and run several internal tech conferences (at different organisations), Victoria Morgan-Smith and I decided to write about our experiences in an article for InfoQ: Internal Tech Conferences – How and Why. We also interviewed several other people from various organisations who have also run internal tech conferences in order to give a broader perspective.

Our aim was to inspire and enable other people to develop and run internal tech conferences in their own organisations, building on the experiences of the teams and organisations in the article.

In this article we draw on our personal experience of running internal tech events at companies we’ve worked with, along with reflections and advice from people at Paddy Power Betfair, Callcredit Information Group, ING and others. You’ll find further reading & listening material at the end of the article – there is so much inspirational work happening in so many organisations.


Key points from the article are:

  • Software engineering today is as much about people as the technology itself: an internal tech conference can give a huge boost to your organisation’s social capital – that currency by which relationships flourish.
  • The format you choose for your internal tech conference depends on what you want to achieve from it: it can be “by the people for the people”, or a showcase to celebrate achievement. You can keep the audience or speakers to just a single department, or invite other divisions, or even invite external speakers and/or audience.
  • Making the event a success takes effort: choose your speakers well, and mentor themas they prepare their talks. Work on the logistics – it’s the little things that count.
  • Remember to have fun: ‘death by PowerPoint’ will mean people remember the event for the wrong reasons!
  • Follow through: for a lasting impact, keep sight of the outcomes you seek and be ready to work with others to keep the momentum going.

We hope that the article is useful for people thinking of running or improving their own internal tech conferences!

Thanks to everyone involved: people we interviewed, the amazing InfoQ team, and to my co-author Victoria Morgan-Smith.

Printed copies of Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET

Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET

Over 100 printed copies of Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET were taken recently at WinOps Conference in London. Sorry we did not have to sign them all – they went so quickly!


If you’d like a printed copy of the book, please let us know via the Feedback page – we will try to get you a copy from O’Reilly!

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Book signings – PIPELINE Conf and WinOps 2016

Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET

We’re excited that publishers O’Reilly will have bookstands at both PIPELINE Conference and WinOps and they’re bringing some printed copies of Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET! We (Chris O’Dell and Matthew Skelton) will be around at both events to sign copies of the report – get yours before they are gone!

Some O'Reilly books

Buy tickets here:

Thanks again to the team O’Reilly for all their support.

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Video + Slides: Continuous Delivery – making it work with Windows and .NET

Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET

Chris and Matthew spoke at the London Continuous Delivery meetup group on 23rd February 2016, using some case studies from the book and some person experience to show how Continuous Delivery is very much possible in 2016 and beyond.



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Videos from PIPELINE Conf 2016 now all online – more than 10 hours of Continuous Delivery


All the videos from PIPELINE Conference 2016 are now online. That’s over 10 hours of Continuous Delivery videos for your viewing pleasure!

You can find all the videos on our dedicated Vimeo channel here: https://vimeo.com/channels/pipelineconf

We’ve also posted all the videos here for quick reference. Enjoy and share!

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New eBook on Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET

Back in 2010 when Jez Humble and Dave Farley wrote their ground-breaking book Continuous Delivery, the Windows and .NET platforms lagged behind the Linux/Mac world in terms of automation capability. That is no longer the case – every core feature in Windows and .NET now has a PowerShell API and all the core tooling needed for Continuous Delivery – package management, artifact repositories, build servers, deployment pipelines tools, infrastructure automation, monitoring,and logging – are all now available natively on Windows/.NET.

Chris O’Dell (@ChrisAnnODell) and I decided we should explain how to make Continuous Delivery work with Windows and .NET, and thanks to the great editorial team at O’Reilly, we’ve published a short eBook:

CD with Windows - cover

The dedicated book website is at CDwithWindows.net and O’Reilly have published the first chapter of the book online as an article: Introduction to Continuous Delivery with Windows. We’d love your feedback: book@cdwithwindows.net

UPDATE: we’ll be at both PIPELINE Conference (March 23 2016) and WinOps Conference (May 24 2016) with printed copies of the book.

Note: we began writing the book in August 2015, and it’s astonishing (and exciting!) how much has changed in the 8 months since then, with Windows Nano, Azure and Windows support for Docker and containers, .NET Core, SQL Server on Linux, and even SSH for Windows. These and more recent developments do not feature in the book – perhaps we’ll do an updated version soon.