Africa DevOps Day 2017

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…

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Real Life MBA Conference

How do we improve education, both formally and informally? How do we create a culture of continuous learning? How do we stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation?

These are all extremely difficult questions, and although we may not have all the answers now, it’s inspiring to see people stepping up and actively trying to address some of these questions.

 

Suits & Sneakers

Mark Sham is one of these people. A few years ago he started Suits & Sneakers to offer people access to great speakers for free! He made an assumption: if we make access to inspirational and informative speakers available to people for free, that they would come to learn. And boy was he right!

 

Real Life MBA Conference

On Thursday 25 May, he had the 5th Suits & Sneakers event and it was packed! The next day, for the first time this year, he also organised a full day conference, Real Life MBA, with a line-up of 24 amazing speakers across 4 tracks. The idea behind this format is that there’s no way you can watch all the talks on one day. So in order to get the full value out of the conference, all the presentations were filmed and will be made available to view afterwards. Mark has challenged everyone at the conference to set up working groups with colleagues and friends to go through the remaining presentations in 12 weeks after the conference.

To do my small part, I’ve put together a mini “Sketchnoter’s Guide” for the Real Life MBA conference. It only has the presentations that I could attend on the day – you can download the PDF here.

 

Here are some of the sketchnotes from the Real Life MBA conference:

Introduction by Mark Sham (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

Tiffany Markman (LinkedIn | Twitter | Website)

 

Mike Sham (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

Zapiro (Twitter | Website)

John Sanei (LinkedIn | Twitter | Website | Book)

Brad Shorkend (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

But I will take up Mark Sham’s challenge to work on the other presentations over the next few weeks and share them for those who are interested.

Open Community Encounters – How safe do you feel in your skin?

I was asked to attend the Open Community Encounters group in November to help visually record their discussions and add another dimension to the meetup. I must say, it was a really inspiring, informative and enjoyable session!

The Open Community Encounters group meet up to discuss different topics which are pressing issues in South Africa, with the intention of opening up a dialogue for people from different backgrounds. It is amazing that Alison Gitelson and Susan Williams give of their time to create safe spaces for people to introspect, discuss and share experiences and ideas. The topic for the November session was: How safe to you feel in your skin? 

This topic is such a pertinent one in South Africa… here are some ideas that were shared in the session:

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These were created live in the session – bar a few headings and preparation.

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I would really encourage those living in Johannesburg, South Africa to attend these sessions. I know it definitely won’t be my last.

For all the pictures and more info, visit their group and engage with the community.

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Africa DevOps Day 2016

Last Thursday I attended a DevOps conference – Africa DevOps Day 2016 – which was hosted by FNB. The day was themed around “DevOps Skills for the Future -­ The Next Generation“.

It was a great demonstration of collaboration and knowledge sharing across the Banking Industry and other industries to pioneer DevOps practices in South Africa.

You can have a look at the conversation on Twitter #AfricaDevOpsDay, there are some amazing quotes and conversations that were shared on Twitter.

Here are the sketches I did on the day:

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The Lean Factor – David Preece

Twitter: @dctpreece

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Culture of Discovering Freedom – Dan Acton

Twitter: @danacton

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DevOps KungFu – Reneshan Moodley

Twitter: @ReneshM

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Industry Update

  • Johan Burger – First Rand
  • Josef Langerman – Standard Bank
  • Jerome Passmore – Capitec Bank
  • Peter Rix – ABSA

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Coding DevSecOps – Jason Suttie

Twitter: @Jason_Suttie5-jason-suttie

The Death of DevOps – Paul Muller

Twitter: @xthestreams

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You can download the full booklet of all of the sketchnotes above, here.

Africa DevOps Day – Visual Recording

Thanks to Peter Alkema and the organising team, we also all had plenty of space available to record our Light bulb Moments and suggestions from the day.

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Smart Growth – What we need in the face of 0% GDP

This conference was organised by our company, IQ Business, and was one of the most inspirational conferences I have been to – it truly makes me proud to be South African.

Although it’s a contentious issue, there is a lot we can do to stimulate growth in our economy and create opportunity for ourselves and others in South Africa.

It was quite a line-up with the top political, radio, research, technology and business personalities. Here are my notes…

Bruce Whitfield – The Upside of Down

Twitter: @BruceBusiness

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Ann Bernstein – The Growth Agenda

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Adam Craker – Smart Growth.co.za

Twitter: @Crakeras

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Brett St Clair – Digital Transformation Story

Twitter: @Brett_StClair

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Lindiwe Mazibuko – South Africa from the Outside – In

Twitter: @LindiMazibuko

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Justice Malala – Green Shoots, Anyone?

Twitter: @JusticeMalala

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You can download all the sketchnotes from the conference here: sketchnoters-guide-to-smart-growth

BA Summit Southern Africa – 2016

I had the privilege of being invited to attend the BA Summit Southern Africa this year as the official Sketchnoter for the conference. The BA Summit is organised annually by the South African chapter of the IIBA, the IIBASA.

I must admit, I was extremely impressed by the high standard of the organisation of the event and the calibre of speakers.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that the sketchnotes reflect this.

The organisers of the event put together a consolidated guide of all of the sketchnotes, which you can download here: “A Sketchnoter’s Guide to the BA Summit“.

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Keynotes

Mohamed Bray – Business Analysis is for the Ambitious! 

Twitter: @mo_bray

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Vusi Thembekwayo – Barbarians at the Gate

Twitter: @VusiThembekwayo

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Themba Baloyi – The Power of Business Processes to make a significant difference in people’s lives

Twitter: @thembalih

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Alex Noel – The Bulletproof Business Analyst

Twitter: @BulletProof_BA

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Other amazing speakers

I wasn’t able to attend all of the talks as there were three tracks at the conference. These were the ones that I was able to capture…

Adrian Reed (@UKAdrianReed) – You work in Sales

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Francois Combrinck (@Fcombrinck) – From Stakeholders to Partners

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Curtis Michelson (@SpecsRex) – Create a Context for Change

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Anton Oosthuizen (@Disrupted_BA) – Cheap User Stories: the Agile Achilles Heel

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Andrej Gustin – Do we all react the same way? 

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Ryan Folster (@RyanFolsterSA) – The Evolution of the Strategic Business Analyst

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Ronak Sanghavi (@SanghaviRonak) – Fresh Graduate to entry level BA in 9 weeks! 

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Paige dos Santos (@PaigeCathryn) – Digital Innovation in Africa 

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Munyaradzi Husvu – Model Based Analysis in Agile Environments

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That’s it from the BA Summit 2016: Business Analysis Rising. To find out more about this annual event which is held in South Africa, you can drop them a line on Twitter @basummitsa.

 

Agile Africa 2016 – A sketchnote goldmine!

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:

Keynotes

These are the keynotes that were at the conference:

Henrik Kniberg – Alignment at scale

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Sandy Mamoli – Self-Selection

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Neal Ford – Why does Yesterday’s Best Practice Become Tomorrow’s Anti-pattern?

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Other Presentations

Here are most of the sketches from the other presentations that I attended:

A Learning Continent – unlocking African opportunities – CodeX

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UX by Wire: Designing the Most Loved product – Job Mashapa and Farai Madzima

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Is anyone there? Dealing with distributed teams – Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves

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Leader transformation: a side effect of an agile transition –
Subash Sharma and Felicity Brady

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Fish ponds and Agile – Dillon Weyer

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Unlocking ScrumMastery through the ScrumMaster Academy – Biase De Gregorio

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Requirements Engineering for Agile Product Owners: Hunting Value with Structured Conversations – Pavel Dabrytski

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Pivoting Without Pain is Impossible – Nyaradzai Samushonga

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Active Agile: The story of a rewarding scaled agile implementation – Justin Doyle

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Lead with needs – Danie Roux and Kevin Trethewey

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