This event is co-located with Agile Showcase and Testing Showcase

DevOps Showcase North: DevOps and Microservices, 21 February 2017, Manchester

Products and services in multiple domains continue to evolve responding to technology changes and shifting market demands.  The domain of Information Systems, computing and business analysis are going through a comparable evolution.  Thus, testing, project management, creation of new services have come together.  To develop and deliver these effectively, we see the convergence DevOps, Testing and Agile.

DevOps now is in its seventh /eighth 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 for incremental change.  Microservices architecture helps to deliver easy testing, fast and deployments and overall agility.  It is also fairly complex—so to successfully implement Microservices, you need to understand the core concepts behind this approach.   Adopting a new capability requires a plan that includes people, process and technology.

DevOps too is an enterprise capability and as the name suggests development and operation-based way of working that includes stakeholders, business owners, architecture, design, development, quality assurance, operations, security, partners and suppliers.

This one day programme is designed to connect these extensive aspects as well as the challenges.  Expert practitioners and thought leaders will provide information on the implementation and help you to develop your business case.  The day will cover the basic concepts of the Microservices architecture and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this architecture.   

What will be discussed:

  • Microservices Architecture – Core Concepts
  • Primary benefits, and drawbacks of the Microservices architecture style
  • How Microservices differ from service-oriented architecture
  • Techniques for transforming to a Microservices architecture
  • Service-Oriented Architecture Core Concepts
  • The value of DevOps in an enterprise
  • Changing culture to continuously deliver
  • Change with Containers / Docker
  • Hybrid Clouds and Culture Clash
  • Open source innovations •ChatOps • DevSecOps
  • Tools / Collaborative Tools in DevOps

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.   They will 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. 

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 including •CIOs • CISOs, • Dev & Ops managers, • business leaders and • architects who need to know what changes are needed in enterprise architecture.

Programme starts at 08:45 hrs and ends at 17:00 hrs. Drinks reception follows.

  • Joint morning session with Testing and Agile Showcase
    Chairman for the day: Matthew Skelton, Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd -

  • 08:40 -

    Chairman’s introduction

  • 08:45 -

    Testing, Agile and DevOps - their roots and evolution

    Dorothy Graham, Software testing consultant, speaker and author

    Testing has been around for a long time, but has changed a lot over the years. Agile and DevOps are “the new kids on the block” but are fast becoming mainstream. What are the roots of the changes and popularity of new approaches and how have they evolved over the years? What prophets were around years ago who foresaw current trends? In this presentation, Dorothy Graham leads you through some of her early experiences in testing and early encounters with precursors to Agile and DevOps. We look at why Agile has “taken off” and why DevOps is a hot topic today, and what the role of testing has been, is now and perhaps should be in the future.

    - a personal history of testing
    - the “grandfather” of agile and DevOps
    - what problems do Agile and DevOps solve?
    - what’s next?


    Dorothy Graham

  • 09:30 -

    How to break apart a monolithic system safely without destroying your team

    Matthew Skelton, Co-founder and Principal Consultant, Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

    Moving from a monolith to microservices can be daunting. How do we choose the right bounded contexts? How small should services be? Which teams should get which services? And how do we keep things from falling apart?

    By starting with the needs of the team, we can infer some useful heuristics for evolving from a monolithic architecture to a set of more loosely coupled services.


    Matthew Skelton

  • 10:15 -

    Microservices: The tip of the iceberg

    Giovanni Asproni, Lead Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited

    What does it take to get to a system where I can create a new service in just a few lines of code, and live with the result? In the transition to microservices, it’s critical to consider, and provide support for, the whole lifecycle of a service. Except that now it’s a fleet of services where there are just too many to manage by hand. In this talk, Giovanni will discuss some of the technical and organisational infrastructure that makes microservices work in practice.


    Giovanni Asproni

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to Sponsors and Supporters

  • 11:10 -

    Tea and Coffee break

  • 11:45 -

    Agility not Agile: the challenge ahead

    Amany Elbanna, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Royal Holloway University of London

    In this talk, I will explore what adopting agile has meant to the IS community and argue that our focus on the ‘doing’ of it has blinded us from the bigger picture. I will move beyond the practice to the being agile or agility and show that how this change in the mindset could change how we practice IT. For any organisation, the key is not what methodology IT adopts but what it means for the business. It is indeed time to think agility and how the IT function as a whole can tightly connect with each other and its decisions are tightly connected to customers. Agile practices could play a part but the challenge is to achieve IT agility for the benefit of customers. In this talk, I will give concrete examples, reflect on different organisations’ experience and present a successful case of agility.


    Amany Elbanna

  • 12:30 -

    Round Table Session

  • 13:15 -


  • Afternoon Session on DevOps & Microservices -

  • 14:15 -

    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

  • 14:35 -

    Tearing Down the Walls to Deliver Speed AND Quality

    Victor Laurel, Head of DevOps, Sogeti UK

    Regardless of how DevOps begins in your organisation, the automation, continuous integration, and continuous delivery that it enables are the cornerstones of digital innovation, speed and cost effectiveness. Moving to a DevOps way of working is a complex journey, and one that offers huge rewards, but each journey is unique. Our presentation will illustrate the wide range of challenges that our customers have experienced, from collaborative to technical to philosophical; and showcase how they have addressed these factors to enable continuous deployment and deliver quantifiable business value.

    This presentation will:
    ♦ Explain how you can kick start your organisation’s transformation
    ♦ Review how good process and new operating models can break down silos
    ♦ Address how testing fits into DevOps, and how test maturity is key to deliver best practice


    Victor Laurel

  • 14:55 -

    The Secrets of Successfully leveraging Microservices

    Florent Cenedese, Senior Solution Consultant, TIBCO

    A microservices architecture enables unprecedented agility and scalability, but also introduces its own set of complexities, and not all organizations have the right set of resources to put in to their microservices project to ensure their success. In this session we explore best practices for making this happen:

    ♦ What microservices are and where they should be used in the enterprise;
    ♦ How to leverage existing services without the need to rewrite them, then easily expose them as RESTful APIs;
    ♦ The choreography of microservices and how to keep it simple;
    ♦ Leveraging important technology enablers:
          • The native tooling of your PaaS or container platform including monitoring, logging and management so you can focus on the          business logic of your services;
          • Microservices patterns such as configuration management, service registry & discovery and circuit breakers;
          • DevOps tooling including Maven, Continuous Delivery Pipelines & Unit Testing;
    ♦ Why multi-cloud is a reality and you need to embrace it


    Florent Cenedese

  • 15:15 -

    Tea and Coffee break

  • 15:30 -

    The Seven (More) Deadly Sins of Microservices

    Daniel Bryant, Chief Scientist at OpenCredo and CTO, SpectoLabs

    All is not completely rosy in microservice-land. It is often a sign of an architectural approach’s maturity that in addition to the emergence of well established principles and practices, that anti-patterns also begin to be identified and classified. In this talk Daniel will introduce the 2016 edition of the seven deadly sins that if left unchecked could easily ruin your next microservices project... This talk will take a tour of some of the nastiest anti-patterns in microservices, giving you the tools to not only avoid but also slay these demons before they tie up your project in their own special brand of hell.

    Topics covered include:
    Envy - introducing inappropriate intimacy within services by creating a shared domain model, and how many teams deploy and use data stores incorrectly;
    Wrath - failing to deal with the inevitable bad things that occur within a distributed system;
    Sloth - ignoring the importance of NFRs; and
    Lust - embracing the latest and greatest technology without evaluating the impact incurred by these choices.


    Daniel Bryant

  • 16:00 -

    The Automated Docker Container Deployment Pipeline

    Jussi Nummelin, Resident Wharfie, Kontena

    Docker containers have brought great opportunities to shorten the deployment process through continuous integration and delivery of applications and microservices. This applies equally to enterprise datacenters as well as the cloud.

    Jussi, an experienced software architect, will use this presentation to discuss solutions and benefits of a deeply-integrated deployment pipeline using technologies such as container management platforms, Docker containers, and the drone.io Cl tool. Jussi also will demonstrate deployment of a CI/CD pipeline using container management, as well as show how to deploy a containerized application through a continuous delivery pipeline.


    Jussi Nummelin

  • 16:30 -

    Zero to Continuous Delivery with Google Cloud Platform

    James Heggs, CLOS Consultancy

    A tutorial talk that will provide detail for creating your GKE cluster, utilising Kubernetes (k8s) and Docker to spin up a Jenkins container, using k8s to spin up Jenkins build agents, defining the build pipeline as code, creating a spring boot app as a docker container and finally deploying the application with k8s. Phew there is a lot to get through…so buckle in we’re in for the long haul. #buzzwordbingo


    James Heggs

  • 17:00 -

    Chairman’s summing up and close of conference.

  • 17:10 -

    Drinks reception co-hosted by TIBCO and Infuse


Giovanni Asproni

Zuhlke Engineering Limited

Daniel Bryant


Florent Cenedese

Senior Solution Consultant, TIBCO

Dai Davis

Percy Crow Davis & Co Ltd

Amany Elbanna

Royal Holloway University of London

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

James Heggs

CLOS Consultancy

Victor Laurel

Head of DevOps, Sogeti UK

Jussi Nummelin

Resident Wharfie, Kontena

Matthew Skelton

Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

Stephen Walters

Software - Lead Solution Consultant, HPE

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