This stuff is cool, but HOW CAN I GET MY COMPANY TO DO IT? Businessing the S*** out of Transformative Development!

Track: Agile
Skill Level: Beginner
Room: Room A314
Time Slot: Fri 2/24, 2:30 PM
Tags: leadership , software development , business justification , business case , roi , npv , payback
Abstract

Cloud Native, containers, DevOps, microservices, and more: we go to conferences and get excited about the potential of so many things that could revolutionize our development and change our organizational and professional lives! And then, we go home…and hit the wall. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “This stuff is cool, but HOW CAN I GET MY COMPANY TO DO IT??!”, this is the session for you.

Learn from an experienced software developer (who also happens to have an MBA) how to make your case to leadership, presenting management-ready justifications for changes in “your world” that will positively impact the business as a whole. Topics include:

  • How would this change affect your organization’s/group’s/team’s work?
  • How would this change impact (positively and negatively) your tech stack (internal considerations)?
  • How would this change contribute to recruitment/retention (external considerations)?
  • Seeing beyond your borders: how could this change positively - and negatively - affect the business?
  • Putting numbers with it: pros, cons, and caveats

Come to this session to dramatically boost your chances of making an actual, positive change to your organization!

Mark Heckler

Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate, conference speaker, published author, & Java Champion focusing upon developing quality production software at velocity for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. He has worked with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries and various public sector organizations to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Mark is an open source contributor and author/curator of a developer-focused blog (http://www.thehecklers.org) and an occasionally interesting Twitter account (@MkHeck).

Mark lives with his very understanding wife in St. Louis, MO USA.

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