Cloud will not fix your broken culture. Microservices won’t prevent your two-pizza teams from needing to have conversations with one another over that pizza. As Conway’s Law suggests, though, the quality of your software is a direct reflection on the quality of the culture creating it (just as the structure of your software reflects your organizational structure), making thoughtful decisions about tools and architecture can help. We succeed when we share responsibility and have agency, when we move past learned helplessness to active listening. "Anyone who says differently is selling something”.


Incremental improvement is better than sequential waterfall delivery. Cloud is not a “silver bullet”, there is no flowchart, no checklist, no shopping list of ticky boxes that will make everything better. Tools are essential, but how we implement the tools and grow the culture and practices in our organizations needs even more attention. Whether you’re just starting to implement technical and organizational change, or facing the prospect that you already have legacy microservices, it’s worth considering the why and the how of our behaviors, not just the what.

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Seeing non-tech companies large and small being forced to become software companies is a recent trend. After years of outsourcing and neglecting this part of IT in favor of wringing out costs in virtualization and SaaS, most companies find themselves terrible deficient in their software development capabilities. This talk will cover the history that's brought us to this point - how companies are now in a position where they need to become masters of their own custom software development - and then give guidelines for safely and reliably making the switchover to taking on a Agile mind-set. I'll cover associated concepts like what cloud actually is and can do for you and the major way that "management" needs to change.

Learning Outcome

Agile therapy,  let’s talk about practical, actionable steps that will help. How do we evaluate our progress? How do we know when to course-correct? How do we react when it seems like there’s always something new we should have done last month? this talk will explain in the nerdiest of terms how to become Cloud Native, and what we can do to avoid sadness as a service.

Target Audience

Developers, IT, Architects, Project Managers, Coaches, VPs and Directors

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  • Sergey Shishkin
    By Sergey Shishkin  ~  1 year ago
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    Thanks for your proposal Sergiu!

    I guess your talk will be mostly constructive (as in sharing best practices and tips how to do things right) rather than just myth debunking. If yes, I'd suggest to reflect that ratio in the abstract. Otherwise someone might find the myths you mention quite obvious and mistakenly think that they have nothing to learn from the talk.

    What do you think?

    • Sergiu Bodiu
      By Sergiu Bodiu  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Sergey,

      You're correct and I appreciate you highlighting this in the comments.

      I will be sharing best practices, it will be a personal account and hopefully the audience will be able to relate and learn from my mistakes. Will talk in practical, actionable steps that will help organizations adopting a Cloud Strategy. Software isn't about methodologies, languages, or even operating systems, it is about working applications. I will take 30% to explain the state of cloud and 70% on sharing best practices.

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