• London, UK
  • 22 June 2016

Join us for one of our practical workshops the day before the conference. Each workshop is a full day – 9:00 to 17:00, and takes place at at Avonmouth House (see map).

Please note the different venue to the conference, and that workshop and conference tickets are sold separately. Don’t forget to bring a laptop if you require it!

Applying DDD for effective microservices

In this workshop Russ Miles will demonstrate and implement the DDD patterns that are applicable to building great microservice-based systems. Pulling from years of experience building this style of systems, this workshop will share the deep technical skills that help make your microservices adoption a success.

Topics Covered

  • Design a monolith ready for microservices
  • Apply patterns such as Bounded Contexts, Events and Event Sourcing to be flexible enough to embrace microservices at the right point for your application
  • How to build fast data flows and integrate with big data tasks from your microservices.
  • Deploy, Upgrade, Stress and Manage your microservices so that they are ready for production


Code examples and exercises will be written in Java, so previous experience with Java is recommended although not mandated as many of the key takeaways will be applicable regardless of your choice of language, framework or platform.

Format of the course

The course will be 50% theory, 50% labs to explore the different concepts being discussed.

About Russ Miles

Russ Miles is an international speaker on techniques for achieving the delivery of valuable software as well as a published author, most recently of “Head First Software Development” from O’Reilly Media. Also author of “Antifragile Software”, which is available on

Russ Miles

Russ Miles

Co-author of Head First Software Development

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£320 + VAT

DevOps in practice for change agents

In this workshop we will run through a series of interactive exercises and gain a deeper understanding of the provenance of the DevOps movement, why it is being so widely adopted and develop practical ideas on how it can be used to effect change daily.

Topic areas:

  • DevOps definitions – Why DevOps?
  • DevOps metrics that matter
  • Visualising future states
  • Convincing investment cases
  • Setting DevOps goals
  • Making cultural change happen
  • Flow and the Theory of Constraints
  • Building DevOps toolchains
  • Formulating and executing a DevOps transformation

Outcomes for attendees:

  • A deeper understanding of what the DevOps movement is all about
  • An action plan for change and transformation


  • A working knowledge of Agile, Lean and/or ITSM would be useful
  • It would be great if participants had read The Phoenix Project
  • The desire to be DevOpstastic!

About Helen Beal

Helen Beal is a DevOpsologist who has spent the last couple of decades helping organisations make better software faster. At Ranger4 she specialises in taking organisations on transformational DevOps journeys to the point where they can measure from ideation to realisation. Helen is also a novelist and ecologist. She once saw a flamingo lay an egg.

Helen Beal

Helen Beal

DevOps Director at Ranger4

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£320 + VAT

Be a brilliant people developer

People are hard, so why are they called “soft skills”? Much like technical skills, there is both science and art, theory and experience, to becoming good at leading, managing, coaching, mentoring & developing people. In this workshop we’ll look at some of that theory, share experiences and boost your ability to develop yourself and others.

Topics covered

  • The science behind motivation
  • Characteristics of high performing teams
  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Managing & leading
  • Developing yourself & others
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • AMA on gnarly situations


No prior experience leading, managing or developing people is required, but those who are going to get to use such skills in the near future will probably get the most out of this workshop.

Format of the course

No laptop needed.

About Meri Williams

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s a CTO and also runs micro-consultancy ChromeRose, helping digital & technical teams be brilliant. An alumna of Procter & Gamble and the Government Digital Service, she has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.

Meri Williams

Meri Williams

MD of ChromeRose

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£320 + VAT


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