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Get to Know the London SKILup Festival Speaker Lineup

DevOps Basics, SKILup Festivals, Upskilling, Value Stream Mapping and Management

September 6, 2022

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SKILup Festival: London is quickly approaching on September 13, 2022! To prepare for the festivities, we’ve rounded up the speakers and their sessions to provide a glimpse of what to expect at the event for empowering the people who power IT.

Dave Snowden (@snowded), TheCynefin+Co

Session: Making Sense

Dave is the creator of the Cynefin Framework and originated the design of SenseMaker®, the world’s first distributed ethnography tool. He is the lead author of Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis: A field guide for decision-makers, a shared effort between the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, and the Cynefin Centre.

He divides his time between two roles: founder and Chief Scientific Officer of The Cynefin Company and the founder and Director of the Cynefin Centre. He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; during that period, he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a worldwide advertising campaign. Prior to that, he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.

Helen Beal (@HelenHappyBee), VSM Consortium

Session: Panel: What’s Hot in DevOps?; Ask the Author: Investments Unlimited

Helen Beal is an award-winning DevOps speaker, writer, and strategic advisor. As a humanologist, her goal is to help organizations find ways of working that bring joy to their individuals and teams through optimizing the flow and realization of value to their customers. Helen is Chief Ambassador at DevOps Institute and an ambassador for the Continuous Delivery Foundation. 

Helen hosts the Day-to-Day DevOps webinar series for BrightTalk, Value Stream Evolution with TechStrong TV, Intelligent Monitoring: Coffee Break with Helen and Moogsoft Friends and regularly speaks on DevOps topics. Helen is a DevOps editor for InfoQ and writes for many other online platforms. She regularly appears in Tech Beacon’s DevOps Top 100 lists and was recognized as the Top DevOps Evangelist 2020 in the DevOps Dozen awards. Helen authored Investments Unlimited and will be doing an “Ask the Author” session as well as providing free copies to festival attendees.

Andreas Prins (@AndreasPrins), StackState

Session: Observability Maturity Model; The State of SRE – An Interview with StackState

Andreas Prins is VP of product of StackState. Previously, Andreas held various executive roles in engineering and product management for companies such as Mendix, digital.ai and XebiaLabs. As VP of product, Andreas works closely with product management, engineering and customers. He and his team strive to continuously improve our software and ensure we offer a rock-solid observability solution to support our customers’ observability needs.

Jayne Groll (@JayneGroll), DevOps Institute

Session: Welcome and Trends; SRE as ITSM; The State of SRE – An Interview with StackState

Jayne Groll is co-founder and CEO of DevOps Institute, whose mission is to advance the human elements of DevOps. Her IT management career spans over 25 years of senior IT management roles across various industries. Her expertise spans multiple domains, including DevOps, Agile, ITIL/ITSM and Leadership. She is the author of the Agile Service Management Guide.

Jayne is a recognized and respected IT thought leader and influencer and is very active in the global DevOps, ITSM and Agile communities, and is a frequent presenter at local, national and virtual events.

Brendan O’Reilly (@dayshaitpm), Daysha DevOps

Session: Panel: What’s Hot in DevOps?

An experienced technology leader running tech startups since 1990. Since 2014, he has led the team at Daysha to help clients adopt DevOps mindset, processes and tools. Brendan is an Agile Coach and Lean Yellow Belt. He is a DevOps Institute Ambassador and published a book in 2020 titled 1FaaT – One Feature at a Time to help organizations to overcome their older ways of working and engage customers in a process of ongoing value realization.

Eveline Oehrlich, (@eoehrlich), DevOps Institute

Session: Upskilling IT 2022

Eveline is a successful industry analyst and business leader with a strong track record of success in technology industry market research and advisory for enterprise clients and technology vendors. Eveline has a proven track record of thought leadership research in IT automation, strategy advisory, hiring and coaching top research talent, managing research teams and consistently beating aggressive revenue growth and profitability targets. She is an outside-in strategic thinker with a pragmatic, get-it-done attitude.

Mieke Deenen, mijlpaal

Session: Never Waste a Good Crisis; Panel: What’s Hot in DevOps?

Mieke is an independent consultant leading transformations for customer-oriented and ambitious organizations. She is passionate about topics such as Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery, and the management of the cultural, organizational and technological challenges associated with these approaches.

As a thought leader in DevOps, she likes to inspire people and organizations and is a DevOps Institute Ambassador.

Outside of work you can often find her in the mountains or on a squash court.

Pawel Piwosz (@pawelpiwosz), EPAM Systems

Session: Start Teaching and Never Stop Learning

Pawel is a DevOps Institute Ambassador, CD Foundation Ambassador,  AWS Community Builder, Engineer, leader, mentor and speaker. He is devoted to Serverless and CI/CD.

Pawel is building a better understanding of DevOps as a driver for the organization. Currently, Pawel leads the DevOps and Cloud Academy at EPAM Systems Poland, where they are shaping new engineers to be professionals.

Ryan Sheldrake, Lacework

Session: How Kubernetes Can Aid a Secure DevOps Approach; Panel: What’s Hot in DevOps?

Ryan Sheldrake has more than twenty years of experience working in many roles within IT, ranging from Operator, and Tech Support to Architect. Ryan is a multi-cloud advocate and early adopter of AWS and Kubernetes. He now specialises in the Security and DevSecOps realms. Ryan has built hundreds of DevOps pipelines as a consultant and coached many Architects through the tools and elements of digital evolution.

Ryan is a DevOps Institute Ambassador where he regularly contributes to e-books, webinars and focuses on the human and cultural side of DevOps. 

Outside of work, Ryan is a fitness fanatic – running, indoor climbing and mountain biking. When not at his desk, he can be found in the Great Yorkshire Forest.

Stephen Walters (@DevOpsSteveW), GitLab

Session: Upskilling IT 2022; Creating a Value Stream Reference Architecture

Stephen is highly experienced in Value Stream Management, DevSecOps, DevOps, ALM, SDLC and IT4IT Subject Matter Expert with management and consultancy experience across end-to-end IT disciplines since 1992.

He is certified in Value Stream Management, DevOps, SAFe, CMMI, ITIL, TOGAF and Prince2.

Stephen is currently implementing leading-edge thinking into Value Stream Management at GitLab to enhance the DevOps experience

Rupert Field (@Rupert_Field), Duffle-bag Consulting

Session: Upskilling IT 2022

Rupert spent 10 years in the army as a combat medic and patrol commander in surveillance and reconnaissance, 5 years as a management consultant in investment banking and 7 years building software delivery teams. Last year, he applied every lesson learned in those fields to get people out of Afghanistan. Rupert is currently helping to transform how the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) does cyber security, and working with the Value Stream Management Consortium to advance how we use technology to deliver value. Rupert loves what technology can do, learning and shaking up crusty governance structures to help developers and engineers do what they do best.

Why You Should Attend SKILup Festival: London

At physical events, you’re surrounded by the best in the industry. You discover peers who are facing the same challenges as you, all while learning firsthand by being there in person. Be inspired by expert keynote speakers, sharing their top DevOps tips and professional experience

Take part in immersive, impactful workshops covering the foundations of DevOps such as people, process and technology. Have fun and network during SKILup Festival’s post-event drinks, against the backdrop of live music! 

DevOps Institute Members receive a special discount to SKILup Festivals. Please email us for your discount link.

Learn more about attending the London SKILup Festival: https://www.skilupfestival.io/london-22


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