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Devs vs. Ops: Making Friends with the Enemy

PRESENTER:
Damian Brady (Microsoft) presenting remotely from Toronto.

SESSION ABSTRACT:

Developers and IT Pros are like enemies forced onto the same team. The goal is the same - stable, working software in the hands of users - but devs care about very different parts of that equation than ops, and that can easily lead to enmity. So how do you bridge that gap?

This session focuses on what the other side cares about. For developers, it's all about the code. But your code doesn't run in isolation and there are legitimate reasons the operations team might push back. Developers in this session will learn about these concerns, including ways to avoid pushback through better architecture, or explain requirements early and in the right way.

On the flip side, there are things that the operations team needs to know about the code that runs on their infrastructure. It might seem like it sometimes, but developers aren't deliberately setting out to ruin your day! IT pros in this session will learn about software architectures to watch out for, how to encourage developers to think about problems early, and how to avoid "last-minute" pushback.

From grudgingly working alongside each other to truly working together towards a common goal, this session seeks to encourage mutual respect, and ultimately a much better DevOps story for your organisation.


SPEAKER BIO:

Damian Brady

Damian is an Australian CDA specializing in DevOps. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada, but will be moving back to Australia - the land of the dangerous creatures and beautiful beaches - in 2018.

Formerly a dev at Octopus Deploy and a Microsoft MVP, he has a background in software development and consulting in a broad range of industries. In Australia, he co-organised the Brisbane .Net User Group, and launched the now annual DDD Brisbane conference. He regularly speaks at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world, and he's been an occasional guest on various podcasts like .NET Rocks and Hanselminutes.

Most of the time you'll find him talking to developers and IT Pros to help them get the most out of their DevOps strategies. https://twitter.com/damovisa


Date: Tuesday, 10th November 2017

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 7:45am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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What's coming in TFS 2018?

PRESENTER:
Anthony Borton, DevOps trainer/consultant, Enhance ALM Pty Ltd

SESSION ABSTRACT:

With TFS 2018 RC2 already available and the likely release of TFS 2018 not too far away, it’s time to learn what’s coming in this new version to make our teams more productive.

Some of the features we’ll see include the new built-in Wiki, backlog filtering, Package Management improvements and some improvements around the testing capabilities.

Git users will love this release! There’s a huge number of enhancements for Git including Git Forks and more. You can even manage massive Git repositories with GVFS in TFS 2018.

If you’re interested in Release Management, we’ll demonstrate the new Release Editor and see how Release Management now supports robust out-of-the-box multi-machine deployment.

To help you get ready, we’ll also discuss what’s changing in terms of pre-requisites and what functionality is being deprecated in this upcoming version.

The list of improvements is far too large for this blog post so you’ll have to come along and see how many we can get through in the meetup.

SPEAKER BIO:

Anthony Borton
Anthony is a senior ALM/DevOps consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organisations successfully adopt DevOps best practices through training and consulting.

Date: Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 7:45am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – Hamilton room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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For this meetup we have user group member, Mark Arrowsmith, stepping up to the plate to help us how to scale scrum using Nexus.

This month's sponsor, Aspose, will be providing delicious bacon and egg rolls and some brekkie wraps for us.

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An Introduction to Scaling Scrum Using The Nexus Framework

PRESENTER:
Mark Arrowsmith 

SESSION ABSTRACT:

In this presentation, Mark will introduce the Nexus and its new roles, events, and artifacts that provide an “exoskeleton” to existing Scrum teams, enabling them to scale effectively. Even if you have evaluated or adopted other scaling frameworks and methodologies or are just starting to experience the friction of software development at scale, come and be part of the conversation.

SPEAKER BIO:

Mark Arrowsmith is an Agile Coach with Avanade and is based in the Brisbane/Gold Coast region in Australia. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org and has extensive experience in executing projects using Scrum as well as 16+ years as a developer across a range of technologies but specializing in Microsoft .NET.

MEETING SPONSOR:

Aspose are file format experts. They offer a powerful set of file management APIs with which developers can create applications which can create, open, edit and save the majority of popular business file formats.

The Aspose product range includes Microsoft Excel spreadsheet APIs, Microsoft Word processing APIs, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation APIs, PDF document creation and manipulation APIs and many others.

Date: Friday, 8th September 2017

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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A common request from members of our group is to learn more about handling databases in DevOps pipelines. We’ve searched and found a presenter from the US to help us out with a remote presentation on this in-demand topic.

Come along and join us for breakfast and learn about Database DevOps.

This month's sponsor, Aspose, will be providing delicious bacon and egg rolls and some brekkie wraps for us.

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Extending DevOps practices to SQL Server databases with Redgate - Branching & Merging with VSTS

PRESENTER:
Arneh Eskandari (Redgate, USA)

SESSION ABSTRACT:

This session will focus on branching and merging with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). We'll also show how Redgate tools plug into VSTS to enable the build, test and deployment of your database changes.

Learn how to:

  • Version control your databases from SSMS to track and understand changes
  • Include your database in your Continuous Integration process to get quick feedback
  • Automate your database deployment process to have safe, reliable, repeatable deployments
  • Monitor your databases across environments to understand their versions and get notified of changes

SPEAKER BIO:

Arneh Eskandari has been a Pre-Sales Engineer with Redgate for over 5 years, helping hundreds of customers to automate their database deployment processes.

MEETING SPONSOR:

Aspose are file format experts. They offer a powerful set of file management APIs with which developers can create applications which can create, open, edit and save the majority of popular business file formats.

The Aspose product range includes Microsoft Excel spreadsheet APIs, Microsoft Word processing APIs, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation APIs, PDF document creation and manipulation APIs and many others.

Date: Friday, 11th August 2017

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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What's new in TFS 2017 Update 2?

PRESENTER:
Anthony Borton, DevOps trainer/consultant, Enhance ALM Pty Ltd

SESSION ABSTRACT:

The soon-to-be-released Update 2 for TFS 2017 offers a wealth of new features and enhancements to help your team.

Come along and enjoy breakfast while learning about updates to work item tracking, delivery plans and much more. We'll look at the new package management experience as well as release management improvements for Azure web apps and containers. There's too much to list here but come along and see for yourself :) 

SPEAKER BIO:

Anthony Borton
Anthony is a senior ALM/DevOps consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organisations successfully adopt ALM best practices through training and consulting.

Date: Tuesday, 14th July 2017

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 7:45am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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