Menno Vis – Speaker Interview

Q. You’re speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest in March. Tell us a bit about your session.

We (Mihaela and I) will share with you how we have transitioned from an agile software development organization into an even more agile DevOps team. As we were (and still are) growing very fast we had to adopt our way of working and tackle dependencies. We’ll talk about our joys and hurdles, and what it has given us so far. It will be a duo presentation, to cover the whole story. I played a role in the organisational change as the Software Development Manager, and Mihaela will talk about the journey of the software development teams seen from her software engineer role.

Q. Why is the subject matter important?

DevOps seems a simple concept but actually this is a major change for all persons involved including the software engineers. The operational responsibility is completely different from software development and bringing these two disciplines together in one team is not easy. Since many organisations will move towards a DevOps way of working, we believe it is very interesting to hear their stories. We’ll share our own story hoping to inspire people to go for the change.

Q. Who should attend your session?
People interested in DevOps and the change it comes with. We’ll touch upon what it meant for our system engineers, software engineers, and last but not least, our business stakeholders.

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?
That a transition to DevOps doesn’t only impact how teams are working but also the tooling needs and the software architecture. DevOps is about changing the people, the processes and the technology!

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what else are you excited about for 2016?
We are excited to work with so many great people at a fast growing company as bol.com!

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