DevOps & Microservices Summit, 10 May, Brussels

This event is co-located with Agile Transition and Transformations. Delegates may attend any sessions from either conference.

DevOps now is in its seventh year of practice but the old architecture is no longer able to support the speed of delivery and so needs the additional help of Microservices and Docker for incremental change.   But adopting a new capability requires a plan that includes people, process and technology. 

Microservices architecture helps to deliver easy testing, fast and deployments and overall agility. It’s also fairly complex—so to successfully implement Microservices, you need to understand the core concepts behind this approach.

This event is for you:

  • If you are considering using microservices for your organization and want to deepen your understanding
  • If you are migrating to a microservices architecture but need ideas on coping with issues and challenges
  • If you want to learn about other service-related architecture styles besides microservices
  • This day will engage not just existing DevOps pros, but also managers and executives like •CIOs • CISOs, • Dev & Ops managers, • business leaders and • architects who need to know what changes are needed in enterprise architecture. Also, companies going through Mergers and Acquisations will need to find out about initiatives that will increase efficiency and agility within the enterprise.  

Joint morning session with Agile 

Agile,and DevOps: Are they a Separate conversation or a progression of capability?

DevOps,and Agile have shared environments that facilitate working together.  These two methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes and the synergy involves building a development and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production.  They can work together and the entire build process should be transparent, and it should enable and support development and operations.  This transformation depends on: significant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

The Round Table session is the last of the joint morning session with the other two co-located events. This session is for 45 minutes of which there will be around ten minutes for a general summing up at the end. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. They are given all the topics with their joining instructions and again at the time of registration and so make their choice on the topics that they want to attend. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Agile and DevOps.

Benefits of attending:
The speakers at this conference will follow the process from development to production.  They will:

  • review the trends and best practices on how to deliver by optimizing the processes with agility and speed.
  • deepen your understanding of Microservices and help to consider the pros and cons if you are thinking of using it in your organisation and
  • if you have already migrated to this architecture, the event will help you select a service architecture to meet the challenges you are facing. 

The conference starts at 08:45 and ends at 17:15 hrs. Drinks reception from 17:15 till 18:15 hrs.

  • Joint session with Agile Transition and Transformation -

  • 08:45 -

    UNICOM’s and Chairman’s introduction

  • 09:00 -

    Keynote: Agile in context: Understanding software systems as ecologies not manufacturing processes

    Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge

    Too many methods and techniques in software development are simple recipes derived from limited and partially understood cases. They treat the organisation as if it was a complicated machine rather than a highly complex and ever shifting, frequently fragile ecology. This presentation will introduce the award winning Cynefin framework and will introduce ideas from complexity science, biology and the cognitive sciences which allow us to manage conditions of inherent uncertainty.


    Dave Snowden

  • 09:45 -

    Keynote: The complexity in the simplicity of Agile

    Arie van Bennekum, Wemanity, Co-author Agile Manifesto

    Agile is in itself so simple and still people struggle… There are some things we know. Changing people is impossible. People will only change when they can see there are motivation to do so. If so, what does it take to change a complete organization. What is the approach? How do you start, how do you move on once you have started and most of all, how do you sustain that change? A story on approach, co-creation of a new organization and its internal dynamics, its metabolism…


    Arie van Bennekum

  • 10:30 -

    Introduction to sponsoring and supporting bodies & Coffee break

  • 11:00 -

    DevOps: Changing Culture: (Tips, tricks & transforming)

    Stephen Walters, Software Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

    Why do transformations fail and how can we prevent it? What can DevOps & Agile teach us about our approach? Analysis from Gartner tells us that the biggest blockers are People (50%) and Process (37%), otherwise known as the culture, and changing culture is a difficult thing to do. There will always be resistance to a new path and finding the absolute correct path can be one littered with hazards and problems. To remove the risks and issues requires a new way of thinking about how we transform, but that requires a new culture, and so we get stuck in a cycle. This presentation will show how using a third party can be beneficial and how the relationship should be structured, along with a framework and engagement model for transformation.


    Stephen Walters

  • 11:30 -

    When monitoring becomes more than metrics and logging

    Alois Mayr, Technology strategist, Dynatrace

    With the transformation towards Cloud Native platforms, we are seeing a paradigm shift in how self-sufficient DevOps teams develop and deploy applications.

    In this session, you will learn how monitoring can be made a platform feature to help application teams monitor and maintain application and cluster health. We will explain why automatic discovery of dependencies across cluster nodes, containers and services is critical to pinpoint the root cause of degraded application response times and failure rates.


    Alois Mayr

  • 12:00 -

    Round Table Discussion

  • 12:45 -


  • Track for DevOps and Microservices -

  • 13:40 -

    DevOps Chairman’s introduction

  • 13:45 -

    Microservices : The Tip of the Iceberg

    Steve Freeman, Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited

    Test-Driven Development (TDD) has been so successful that it's now unfashionable. We seem to have lost the excitement and empowerment we felt when we first stumbled onto TDD a dozen years ago. Now it's just a chore that only bothers developers. Were we fooling ourselves, or did the message get confused along the way?

    In this talk, I will revisit the basics, the essence of what makes TDD work. I will look at some of the common difficulties that I see with teams that are struggling. I will show how TDD is as much an approach to development as a programming technique and how, like BDD, it's not about testing.


    Steve Freeman

  • 14:30 -

    That Dev is stealing my candy

    Daniel Mendes, Software Developer at the European Commission

    Daniel talks about the culture of a public institution like the European Commission and how shifting to this mindset where Ops people are not threatened by developers. The Developers are not trying to take the jobs/candy from the Ops people, but are simply trying to work faster without opening 10 support tickets to do a simple database or configuration change.


    Daniel Mendes

  • 15:15 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 15:30 -

    Continuously Delivering Microservices to the Cloud: A Case Study

    Andreas Evers, Solution Expert and Tim Ysewyn , Principal Consultant, Ordina

    These days if you're not doing a "digital transformation", you're not one of the cool kids. Going to the cloud, adopting microservices and transitioning to DevOps sound like a lot of fun, but more often than not things don't go as smoothly as expected. At an international transport company, we've put theory to practice.

    In this talk we'll shed a light on what we've experienced, where we've succeeded, and some vital lessons we've learned. Get an idea of our tech stack, consisting of Spring Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Jenkins, Spinnaker and Prometheus and more. Join us to get some tips and tricks and what to look out for when continuously delivering microservices to the cloud.


    Andreas Evers

    Tim Ysewyn

  • 16:15 -

    Head and tail of agility

    Danny Higler, Wemanity

    The tail is what moves us forward and the better our head is organised the more powerful our tail will be. Practitioner with hands-on knowledge on XP, Scrum and entrepreneurship. Passionate about codebase quality and the impact of technical improvements.


    Danny Higler

  • 17:00 -

    Chair’s summing up

  • 17:15 -

    Close of conference. Drinks reception sponsored by Wemanity till 18:15 hrs


Arie van Bennekum

Wemanity, Co-author Agile Manifesto

Andreas Evers

Principal Consultant - Solution Expert at Ordina

Steve Freeman

Zuhlke Engineering Limited

Danny Higler


Alois Mayr

Technology strategist, Dynatrace

Daniel Mendes

Software Developer at the European Commission

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Stephen Walters

Software Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

Tim Ysewyn

Principal Consultant, Ordina

UNICOM’s Advisory Panel

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

Dan North

Dan North Associates

Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

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