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SQUID Meetup with Antony Marcano and Matthew Skelton

  • John Lewis Head Office 171 Victoria Street London, England, SW1E 5NN United Kingdom (map)

The next SQUID (SW1 Quality In Delivery) meetup is on Wednesday November 28th and will be featuring Antony Marcano (co-founder of RiverGlide) and Matthew Skelton (Head of Consulting at Conflux).


EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG WITH USER STORIES - Antony Marcano

So, you're using User Stories, you've tried different ways of writing them from Feature Injection style templates to Job Stories but they're still not delivering the agility they promise. There are dependencies from one story to the next, sometimes between different teams. You have epics with numerous sub-epics, stories and sub-stories. No one story is releasable on its own, only once multiple stories under a single epic or sub-epic are complete can you release. It never feels like stories are independently valuable to the business without something else being complete. Surely, this isn't how things should be?!

You're right, it isn't and in this talk Antony walks you through several anti-patterns evident in many teams that have worked for years with, what they were lead to understand, as User Stories. Learn how to distinguish between a user story and a demand for a feature or some functionality and see how you can begin to work more effectively in the art of user stories.

FIVE PRACTICAL OPERABILITY TECHNIQUES FOR TEAMS - Matthew Skelton

In this talk, we explore five practical, tried-and-tested, real world, team-focused techniques for improving operability with many kinds of software systems, including cloud, Serverless, on-premise, and IoT.

  • modern event-based logging

  • Run Book dialogue sheets

  • endpoint healthchecks

  • correlation IDs

  • user personas

We use these as team collaboration techniques to improve software operability in the context of DevOps and SRE

Slides:

 
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Learn more about software operability in the book Team Guide to Software Operability, co-authored by Matthew Skelton and Rob Thatcher: operabilitybook.com