Speaker

Chris Gilbert

Chris Gilbert

Consulting Director @ SixPivot / Co-organiser @ DDD Brisbane / Common Sense Enthusiast

Brisbane, Australia

Chris is a software consultant with more years at places like Readify and SixPivot than he cares to admit. In that time he's become extremely passionate about how different projects run, how different people tick, and how there's always six different ways to solve any technical problem.

As a speaker, Chris has presented at user groups and conferences across Australia on a range of technical and non-technical topics. He loves sharing war stories and giving people something tangible to take home from every session.

Chris is the Consulting Director at SixPivot. In his spare time he co-organises DDD Brisbane, a not-for-profit community event run by developers for developers.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • Agile Mindset
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Transformation
  • Software Development
  • Pants

Living with Azure DevOps

For better or for worse, Microsoft is steamrolling Azure DevOps through the development world.

Being a "one stop shop" for task management, code, builds, deployments, tests, and artefacts, with the marketing might of Microsoft behind it, it's being adopted by development teams across the world, regardless of whether they want it or not.

I'll show you how to make the most out of what you've been given. I'm not here to defend it. I'll be honest about why it does some of the things it does, what's nice, and won't pull any punches about what sucks. I'll show you how to make the most out of what you've been given, and how to work around Microsoft's opinions about how your project should be run.

Who knows, by the end you might even be content.

What the failed Burke & Wills expedition can teach us about software projects

The year is 1860. 19 men set out to find a way across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. 7 men died. 1 made the whole journey.

Although 160 years in the past, the key points of this failed expedition are directly relatable to software projects. Let’s dive into some history and learn from it.

I promise to wear a cowboy hat.

Agile: Use it or lose It. Don't abuse it!

Agile is great, except when it's not. Then it's terrible. And oh boy, have I seen some things...

In this talk I'll share the best, the worst, and the should-never-have-been parts of agile projects that I've seen over the years. There'll be practical tips for you to take away to start improving your own projects too.

Are we still talking about agile in 2024? Yes, because we have to.

Chris Gilbert

Consulting Director @ SixPivot / Co-organiser @ DDD Brisbane / Common Sense Enthusiast

Brisbane, Australia

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