PM Insights - Sunnyvale: Journey of a SaaS and DevOps Practitioner

PM Insights - Sunnyvale: Journey of a SaaS and DevOps Practitioner

When:   Wed Mar 14th 2018, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where:  Innoworld - 940 Stewart Dr Sunnyvale, CA 94085


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Business has always valued the reliable and responsive delivery of services and today’s technology-driven businesses are no exception. These days, it may seem like software-as-a-service (SaaS) has always been here, but as an industry we have had much to learn (and unlearn) along the journey from punchcards and timesharing to the continuous delivery of web and mobile services. In this presentation, I will share some of the lessons I have learned along my journey by telling stories as seen through the lens of delivering services with software. We will see that technical excellence is necessary but not sufficient: SaaS is a team sport, and the DevOps principles of culture, automation, metrics, and sharing are key ingredients to a high-performing team. I will also discuss the challenges and rewards of service delivery at massive scale.


  • • Shorten feedback loops to go faster with confidence and work uncomfortably small

* Invest in technical practices; if it hurts, do it more often until it doesn’t hurt.

* Software as a service is a team sport; your delivery team is part of the service and its SLA

* Use the scientific method to inform your business-decision process

* To scale, don’t just manage dependencies –  break them

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Erik-SowaErik Sowa

Agile and Executive Coach


Erik has been working in software development and operations for over 30 years, and has held roles ranging from computational physicist to VP Engineering and now Agile and Executive Coach. Along the way he has come to appreciate flow principles, continuous delivery practices, and devops culture as key enablers of high-performance teamwork in rapidly changing environments. Erik has spoken at conferences on topics including “Feature Bits: Enabling Flow Within and Across Teams”, “Tweeting Through Space”, “Conway’s Law for Executive Teams”, and “Front-End Ops and the OODA Loop”

Erik holds degrees in physics from Harvey Mudd College (B.S.) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D.)


Meeting Leader: Kuntal Thakore, PMP, CSM

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PDU Info:   2.0 - Category A

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Program Agenda:

5:30 PM - Sign In and Networking

6:15 PM - Featured Speaker

8:30 PM - Meeting Adjourn

Food: Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

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PMI Silicon Valley Members: $10

Non-Members: $20

Full-time Student: $5 (online only; contact Meeting Leader for the discount code. Please bring Student ID card to the event)

Veterans: Free (online only; contact Meeting Leader for the discount code. Please bring appropriate ID card to the event)

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A limited number of registrations can be accepted at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this limit has been reached, the event will be closed to additional attendees.

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Non-Members: $30

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Event Properties

Event Date 03-14-2018 5:30 pm
Event End Date 03-14-2018 8:30 pm
Cut off date 03-12-2018 11:55 pm
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Location Innoworld

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