DevOps West 2018 Keynote : Take Agile Beyond the Team to Empower the Entire Organization


Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Take Agile Beyond the Team to Empower the Entire Organization

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Software teams work hard to achieve agile proficiency, bringing them the benefits of self-management, continuous improvement, and reliable delivery. However, these agile teams are often part of larger organizations in which they only deliver one piece of a larger product. Seth Eliot says that even the best team-level processes will fail to produce customer-obsessed results in an environment where the organization itself does not understand and practice agility. An agile organization benefits from valuing individuals and interactions, working software, customer collaboration, and responding to change at the individual, team, and organizational level. Seth shares his experiences at Amazon enabling the more than 200 engineers within thirty-five teams of the AmazonFresh organization to bring stakeholders and engineers together. See how they communicated and implemented highly visible priorities across the organization, enabling these engineers, their teams, and the organization to reliably release new product and improvements week in and week out. Take back key steps that you, your team, and the entire organization can take to align on delighting your customer and application users.

Seth Eliot

A software engineer, speaker, teacher, and manager, Seth Eliot is committed to producing high quality software. Seth's passion is applying more than twenty years of experience to help software professionals develop, test, and release software that delights users and delivers business value. As principal international evangelist at, he helped ensure the same high-quality Amazon experience is available worldwide. Now, as principal for AmazonFresh, he works with teams on software design and the agile processes to create product that enables the easiest, most enjoyable way for customers to satisfy their family’s grocery shopping needs online. View Seth’s past presentations and blog at