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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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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PIPELINE 2016 – 13 Sleeps To Go

PIPELINE

Here at PIPELINE HQ we are getting VERY excited about PIPELINE 2016! We simply cannot wait to meet you all, and hear the fantastic talks! Here are the details for the day, please take a careful read, and do get in touch if you have any questions:

Date and Location
PIPELINE 2016 will be held on 23rd March 2016 08:30 – 18:00 at etc.venues Victoria, 1 Drummond Gate, London SW1V 2QQ.
The closest London Underground stations to etc.venues Victoria are Pimlico and Vauxhall on the Victoria line. The nearest mainline stations are Vauxhall and Victoria.

Code Of Conduct
Prior to attending PIPELINE 2016, please take a moment to read our Code Of Conduct (web.pipelineconf.info/about/code-of-conduct/). Every year we make an active effort to encourage diversity of attendees and speakers, and it is incumbent upon all of us to provide a safe learning environment for one another.

Keynote
Jez Humble (www.continuousdelivery.com) will…

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Out of the Fire Swamp – Part II, Peering into the mist

Brilliant insights into data consistency from Adrian Colyer

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Peering into the mist

In Part I we examined the data crisis, accepted that anomalies are inevitable, and realized the central importance of the application. But what should we do about it? Here I’m peering into the mist and speculating about a way forward, navigating via the signposts that the database research community has put in place for us. Hopefully those objects in the mist aren’t just (chaos) gorillas coming to get me…

Application-Datastore Mapping

So far we’ve seen that the most efficient approaches we know require an understanding at the application level, and programmers want control at the application level. This seems like a good starting point. What shape might that take? A new programming language is a real long shot if you want to impact the mainstream directly. Instead, we’ll need to meet the programmers where they are and look at solutions that work with mainstream application development…

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