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Mark Shead

Xeric Corporation


Agile Lean Flow Simulation (hands on)


Whether your organization makes software or widgets, it is important to focus on how efficiently you deliver. DevOps, Agile, BDD and TDD all provide powerful tools and approaches for delivering value, but your work must be optimized to actually deliver efficiently and quickly. In this session, each table will simulate an organization doing some simple work that will let us run experiments and track statistics. The goal is to simulate work in such a way that we can see how changes impact the value being delivered at both the departmental level and the organization level. This simulation will give participants a chance to think holistically about the way value is delivered through their own organizations. Most important, participants will leave with the ability to run the simulation with their teams back home to help create discussion on how to best optimize their delivery process.


About Mark Shead


Mark Shead is the president of Xeric Corporation where he helps organizations increase their return on investment in software development. He has worked extensively as a coach with the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Banks implementing Agile development and deployment practices. He specializes in helping teams use DevOps to build development/deployment pipelines in organizations with legacy change management policies and turning six-month deployments cycles into something measured in hours.