Time For What's Next

By Steve Pereira

Talk Abstract

This talk introduces the one technique I’ve always returned to when I need to drastically improve teams I’ve joined and led over my 20+ year career in tech. You can use it right away to understand, communicate and improve your work, team or organization - whether you’re a leader or new recruit.

Talk Description

How can you make time for real innovation and improvement? How do you know what to automate? How do you escape process prison? How can you get everyone aligned to make a difference? How can you show your team how much better things could be?
Value Stream Mapping is a technique you can use right now, with materials you already have to discover opportunities, build and share your vision and save hours of toil every week so you can invest in what’s next.

Sprinkle it on your:
- Delivery/Data/Testing/Analytics/Logging Pipeline
- Developer/Customer Onboarding
- Environment Provisioning
- Failure Recovery/Incident Management/Support Triage
- Toil/Process of choice, you get it :)
…and start spending more time on what’s next

I’ve come to love and use Value Stream Maps after years of struggling to find time for innovation, rally buy-in and communicate ideas, issues and risks. They’ve helped me many times go from tearing my hair out (and I have the baldness to prove it!) to knowing exactly how to level up.

I structure the talk as a fun, story-based journey through enterprise IT, financial services and a startup or two to share this powerful tool that gets incredible results. Attendees will get a link to all my materials and examples to get started right away.


Thanks for reading! I’m an organizer of DevOps Days Toronto, and talk review is my least favourite task - so I appreciate it! I tried to keep it short without leaving too much out. I could run it at 60, 45 or 30 minutes and it works as an interactive workshop/tech talk as well.

I’d love your feedback if you don’t mind sharing!

It would be wonderful to have some travel assistance if budget allows and you’re interested in having a Canadian voice in the conference, since I’m an indy consultant at the moment :)

Some of my past talks:
The DevOps Pipeline
DevOps Intro for DevTO
The DevOps Pipeline - Remix
DevOps Days Toronto 2018 Keynote

Note: I’m not an underrepresented demographic in tech, if you’re looking to improve diversity at your conference please have a look at Women Keynoting and reach out to one of the amazing speakers there!