DevOps Enterprise Summit

Virtual - US

October 5-7, 2021

DevOps Enterprise Summit

Virtual - US

October 5-7, 2021

2021 Call For Presentations

US Submissions (Re-opened)
Deadline: June 21, 2021
Submit Your Talk

What is DevOps Enterprise Summit?

DevOps Enterprise Summit is a vendor-neutral conference for technology leaders who are transforming how large, complex organizations deliver and operate software to help their organizations win in the marketplace.

Entering its sixth year in the UK and eight year in the US, our goal is to accelerate DevOps adoption and increase the likelihood of those initiatives succeeding, enabling the cultural norms, technical practices and architectures that help technology organizations achieve the highest levels of performance.

What often prevents DevOps adoption is that the underlying principles and practices are often completely contrary to the industry’s long held beliefs, often completely opposite to how technology was managed for decades.

Detailed Guidelines for CFP Submissions

Deadline: Submissions are due June 21, 2021

  • Read Gene’s guide to getting your talk accepted (click to view)
  • Talk slots are 30 minutes.
  • Experience reports at all stages of the journey are always welcome!
  • We love consultants and vendors (after all, some of our best friends are consultants and vendors!); however, we require that vendor and consultant experience report submissions be led by your customer.
  • You may submit up to 3 different talks.

Experience Report Checklist

Good questions to consider when framing your experience report submission include:

  • What was the business problem you were trying to solve?
  • What were your top challenges, and how did you overcome them?
  • What mistakes were made, and what advice would you give as a result?
  • How did you measure your outcomes?

We seek open and transferable knowledge. Attendees must be able to use the bulk of the presentation’s lessons without buying or using a particular tool or service.

Be as specific and detailed in your abstract as possible.

This is a vendor-neutral conference: you may discuss tools that helped solve your DevOps problems, but your talk should not be a product pitch.

CFP Topics & Descriptions

1. Standard Experience Report

This is the most general category of experience report, assumed to be presented by a technology leader. If there is a more specific category below, please use that one.

2. Experience Report (Repeat)

We often invite speakers from previous years to present on the continuation of their journey. If you’d like to present a continuation story, choose this track.

3. Spanning the Business/Tech Divide

These are experience reports which are co-presented by technology leaders and their business counterparts. We believe these are the most important types of experience reports for the community, because we are looking for as much evidence as we can that technology transformations create genuine business value.

4. Next Generation Ops and Cloud

  • Beyond CI/CD
  • DataOps and Data Pipeline SDLC/etc
  • GitOps
  • Modern Tool Chains for Dev & Ops
  • Modern Tools for Observability

We are looking for talks that describe or demonstrate how Ops and Infrastructure teams create value (and stay relevant). Topics of interest include Site Reliability Engineering (SRE); GitOps; creating and maintaining internal platforms, elevating developer productivity; DataOps and software practices for data pipelines; GitOps; modern toolchains for Dev and Ops; modern tools for observability; creating cloud competencies (such as training, enablement, standards, practices); financial management.

5. Overcoming Old Ways of Working

  • Team of Teams(Dynamics)
  • Value Stream Management
  • Org Design Strategies
  • Ecosystem Design
  • Modern Work Management Strategies
  • Rethinking Change Management/Control, Compliance and Security
    • Or: Dev Agility AND Enterprise Controls
    • Alternatives to the ITIL/ITSM mindset

We are looking for talks that describe how organizations are overcoming older ways of working; topics of interest include organizational design strategies; creating a “Team of Teams” dynamic; modern work management strategies; and rethinking achieving objectives typically associated with ITIL, security and compliance.

6. Creating Dynamic, Learning Organizations and Cultures

  • D&I
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Psychological Safety
  • Learning Organizations
  • Making incidents part of learning
  • Team Empowerment
  • Healthy Teams

We are looking for talks that describe how you are creating organizations that embrace psychological safety; creating a learning organization; incorporating incidents into how organizations learn; strategies for diversity and inclusion; creating empowerment in teams, and sustaining healthy teams; and using data to truly change how organizations make decisions.

We are looking for stories of how these types of culture have been created, and how they’ve been supported by top leadership. (And also, if you have stories of how culture has undermined your efforts, submit! We can even explore anonymized experienced reports.)

7. COVID-19 Lessons Learned and Amazing Stories

For many organizations, the COVID-19 global pandemic changed everything, and often resulted in having to deliver capabilities in unprecedented short times and also to reduce costs. What are some of those amazing stories? What benefits were you able to create? How has this changed practices that will translate post-pandemic?

When in doubt, submit.

Jon Smart
Author, Sooner Safer Happier
Programming Committee Member


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