CFP closed at  August 17, 2020 20:00 UTC

Simplifying Software Delivery

In this age of technology, software development and delivery will be one of the most significant challenges for organizations. A quintessential argument in the software challenges we face is that we shift complexity around like an abacus. This shifting creates hierarchies and abstractions that balance the toil, pressure, and difficulties in moving fast while not breaking things. Solving for complexity where we see it is how we move forward. And we believe your stories and experiences are critical in this age. Have you solved a software challenge recently? If so, we’d love to hear from you at {Uscripted}!

What is {Unscripted}?

{Unscripted} is a conference sharing the latest solutions, practices, and principles that simplify software delivery any step of the way. Join our event to achieve your goals and get from idea to production, zero to hero, and much more.

Time, resources, and cost constrain all people, this is especially true for technologists, practitioners, and professionals. Your unique experiences can help further better software delivery in less time for everyone. We have an excellent virtual stage to tell your story and share your experience, so submit a session proposal today!

CFP Description

What we are Looking For

Software delivery is multifaceted, enabling us to flow from idea to production and back around. Helping to simplify any one of these components would make for a great session talk. Below you will find some suggested topics. Feel free to be creative and inspirational, and don’t let our definition pigeon hold you.

  • Product/Change Management There has been a shift in enterprise IT treating your projects like a product. Tell us how do you elevate to a product and disseminate information from team to team? Create a JIRA and blast everyone on Slack? What works for your organization?

  • Development Methodology BDD, TDD, Agile, XP, SAFe, so many methodologies. With feature creep coming in from all sides, how did you succeed while being pragmatic?

  • Source Code Management Branches, features, mono-repositories, PRs, oh my! Repositories are where our source code resides. Tell us what approaches have made lives easier for your engineers?

  • Test Coverage Strategies The brave only test in production, for the rest of us, having confidence-building steps in testing is crucial for our software. We might never get to 100% code coverage and fully automated regression testing, but cutting through the clutter and the testing loops helps.

  • Continuous Integration Unfortunately, computers don’t understand the words we write as code, and they eventually need to get to a binary format. Builds can be intricate these days. How have you enabled distributed or ephemeral builds across the enterprise?

  • Cloud Infrastructure Strategies Our applications need to live somewhere. The bloom of the public cloud and Kubernetes have paved the way for supporting practices such as infrastructure-as-code. How have you used IaC practices to date?

  • Continuous Delivery Remember those applications we worked so hard to write and build? Well, they don’t do us any good living on our laptops and eventually need to get out in the wild. Continuous Delivery focuses on this facet. With so many moving pieces, how did you achieve CD or progress along the CD journey?

  • Monitoring, Verification and Validation They say you can’t improve what you can’t measure. With the rise of SRE practices, how have you garnered useful insights into your operation?

  • FinOps: Cost Management There is no such thing as a free lunch, and eventually, we have to pay someone somewhere. For {Unscripted} we are not limited to approaches and tools. If you achieved with a commercial or open-source tool/platform in the mix, others would love to learn from your experience.

Successful Talks Have

Digging into any software topic while showing the audience how to manage complexity in 30 mins can be a challenge, especially when the audience has varying levels of experience. To get your points across, we suggest the following format.

  • Let your personality and your organization shine through aka an introduction.
  • Start with an ELI5 aka “Explain Like I’m 5” approach to tee up the problem set.
  • Frame your session as a solution journey so the audience can “ooOoo” and “ahhhh”.
  • Be specific! Dissect the approaches, methodologies, and tools you leveraged, sharing resources goes along way.
  • Any metrics would be helpful to help others make a case to take your wonderful approach.
  • Don’t forget a Thank You slide. A way to get in contact with you during and after the conference goes a long way.

Let Us Know About Your Talk

When submitting to this CFP, share the followings details:

  • Why was one or more of the facets complex?
  • How is one or more of the facets simple now?
  • What results did you see?
  • What are the high-level steps you took? Don’t worry, your talk will have these in there.

Look at practical use cases you or your team have implemented in your organization or for a client/prospect.

We hope to see and hear from you at {Unscripted}. Thanks so much for submitting your talk!

{Unscripted} Team

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