Africa DevOps Day is a great example of collaboration and knowledge-sharing across companies, and in true DevOps style aims to break down silos. It has been organised every year as a collaborative effort across some of the largest financials institutions in South Africa as a platform to share experiences and learning. The theme this year was “Scaling DevOps through infrastructure” and did not disappoint. There were amazing speakers, and interesting topics were covered. Hearing about the DevOps journeys that many companies in Africa have embarked on was fascinating.
I created sketchnotes of the presentations I attended, you can download the PDF version of the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Africa DevOps Day 2017 here. A full list of speakers and their presentations can be found on the Africa DevOps Day website.
Here are my sketches and some highlights of the talks I attended…
Brett St Clair – The Culture of DevOps
“when you are trying to make change, it always starts with culture”
Industry Update – Absa, Standard Bank & RMB
Kevin Rolfe – Putting the Ops in DevOps
“we need to free up people to handle exceptions and do valuable work”
Dan Acton – DevOps in the Cloud
“we’re moving towards no Ops”
Biase De Gregorio – Extreme Ownership
“start with good leadership principles as a point of departure”
Andrew Holt & Benjamin Hinson – Chef: Tools, Processes and Culture
“there’s no silver bullet solution”
A friend of mine @ALfriendo also did some awesome sketchnotes, and there are plenty of other great posts on #AfricaDevOpsDay Twitter.
All in all, a great day! I hope I’ll be there again next year…
I attended the Agile Africa Conference with my company, IQ Business, on Monday and Tuesday this week. It’s always great to meet others in the field and listen to some amazing thinking from South Africa, Africa and abroad.
As you may have guessed, I spent every talk sketching live (my fingers are a bit sore) and it was so worth it! I managed to get most of the talks down on paper and I’ll use them to refer back to concepts and ideas that were shared. I’m going to share them here and I hope that you find value in them…
To view the whole programme and speakers, you can visit the Agile Africa website, it’s also worth having a look at all the Tweets which encapsulate a lot of the quotes from the talks – here is the tag and the handle for the conference.
There were also some other amazing sketches from the conference:
These are the keynotes that were at the conference:
Neal Ford – Why does Yesterday’s Best Practice Become Tomorrow’s Anti-pattern?
Here are most of the sketches from the other presentations that I attended:
A Learning Continent – unlocking African opportunities – CodeX
UX by Wire: Designing the Most Loved product – Job Mashapa and Farai Madzima
Is anyone there? Dealing with distributed teams – Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves
Leader transformation: a side effect of an agile transition –
Subash Sharma and Felicity Brady
Unlocking ScrumMastery through the ScrumMaster Academy – Biase De Gregorio
Requirements Engineering for Agile Product Owners: Hunting Value with Structured Conversations – Pavel Dabrytski
Active Agile: The story of a rewarding scaled agile implementation – Justin Doyle