Pre-Conf Workshop Day 1

Sun, Mar 4
Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (IST)
09:30

    Registration - 30 mins

10:00

Pre-Conf Workshop Day 2

Mon, Mar 5
Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (IST)
09:30

    Registration - 30 mins

10:00

Business Agility

Tue, Mar 6
Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (IST)
08:30

    Registration - 30 mins

09:00
10:00

    Welcome Address - 15 mins

10:15

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

10:30
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    Jutta Eckstein

    Jutta Eckstein - The Wizard of OSS: The Magic of Open Space and Sociocracy for Business Agility

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Ball Room 1 people 17 Interested star_halfRate

    A true agile business transformation can’t result from simply “trying harder” in using known agile methods only because agile has no answer to such questions as legal organizational structure strategy, inspiration, or the role of support departments such as finance or HR.

    For this reason, necessary key components for a successful enterprise agile transformation must be found outside of agile in other streams of development. These other streams can more readily guide us in developing:

    • Continuous improvement strategies necessary to enable self-sufficiency and adaptation in every department - not just the software department.
    • The executive and board roles in driving organizational agility.
    • Processes, strategies, and structures that enable the current culture to self-organize for company-wide agility.

    We suggest “BOSSA nova” as a composite of four streams of development that, together, can lead us toward a broad enterprise agile transformation. The acronym stands for: B = Beyond Budgeting, OS = Open Space, S = Sociocracy, and A = Agile. Bossa nova, the style of music, is a synthesis of samba and jazz. Similarly BOSSA nova, the enterprise strategy, is a synthesis of different streams of development. Bossa nova is also an intricate dance, where dancers adapt their steps to the music, and their movements and their spirit in turn influences the musicians. In the same way, BOSSA nova helps your company adapt to its complex context and also influence that context. And finally, Bossa nova in Portuguese means new trend, new wave - which is how we envision a true business agility transformation.

    In this session, I will focus on the OSS in BOSSA nova and how those two streams of development (Open Space and Sociocracy) can be leveraged for a successful agile business transformation. These two components focus on answering the questions about the strategy for the legal organizational structure and the incorporation of the inspiration.

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    Todd Little

    Todd Little - Performance Reviews that Don't Suck

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Ball Room 2 people 83 Interested star_halfRate

    Many in the agile community suggest abandoning performance reviews, but few offer suggestions for alternatives. A large percentage of software developers work in an enterprise environment where performance reviews are mandated. What if you could do performance reviews that will honor agile values and not only suck less, but actually provide value to the individual and the organization? We have rolled out such a system successfully with strong support across the enterprise--from the individual colleagues, to people leaders, and even including HR. We will demonstrate the principles and the specific implementation of our system which you can tailor to your organization’s values and constraints.

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    Vishweshwar Hegde

    Vishweshwar Hegde - Mindfulness@Work: BE-DO Framework – Accelerating Enterprise Agility Culture

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Tamarind people 36 Interested star_halfRate

    Business Agility is achieved through proactive & quick sensing of Customer/Market needs and fulfilling those needs through end to end collaboration of Customers, Business Functions and Solution Delivery Functions in a seamless flow. Apart from technology and process elements, the critical success factor for such functioning is the mindset and culture aspects of people and organization units across the value chain. Mindfulness is a great tool to develop Emotional Intelligence which is the bedrock of leadership tenets for Agility Culture like proactiveness & self-organizing, cross-functional collaboration and facilitative leadership styles.

    This session covers a case study of Enterprise wide Mindfulness transformation in a 2000+ strong global Technology company. The session covers aspects of:

    • Creation of a Mindfulness@Work framework called BE-DO Framework – Being Mindful and Doing Mindfully. Being Mindful by Being Aware, Alive and Calm; Doing Mindfully by Perceiving Immersivity, Processing non-judgmentally and Performing Empathetically.
    • Mindfulness techniques and practices at individual level like BreathWatch, BodyScan, Balanced Breathing, Journaling.
    • Organizational and Team ceremonies to inculcate Mindfulness as part of work practices like Mindful Meeting, Sense Walk.
    • Results captured after 6 weeks of practice of Mindfulness practices by the participants on Personal Wellbeing, Personal Effectiveness and Professional Performance.
    • Organizational Change Management including unique role called Happiness Evangelist.

    The session will be a joint presentation by the Happiness Evangelist and the Mindfulness Coach.

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    Anton Zotin

    Anton Zotin - Why your company will most probably not become Agile?

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Plumeria people 64 Interested star_halfRate

    You have tried Scrum, Kanban, XP, Crystal and other even less known frameworks and methods that claim to help you to become Agile. You have applied them pure, you have tried to tweak them, and even you have made some homemade cocktails out of them. So yet you still can't say your company is Agile. Your Cxx-s are willing to change the company, and themselves. Your employees on all levels genuinely want to step into the Agile journey. Yet there is nearly no progress toward a real organizational agility.

    What is the secret? Why is it so hard? Why there are so many crashes on this way in our industry? Why most of the companies will still fail to become Agile, and yours will most probably too.

    I'm going to answer all these questions during this talk. We will figure out what aspects of a large-scale agile transformation have a mission-critical impact and how they influence each other. Where to put your efforts? How to cut corners? And moreover, how to survive on this journey.

12:30
13:15

    Lunch - 45 mins

14:00
14:45

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

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    Fennande van der Meulen

    Fennande van der Meulen / Maartje Wolff - The power of purpose - How purpose drives employee happiness and company results

    schedule  03:25 - 04:55 PM place Tamarind people 76 Interested star_halfRate

    Introduction

    Having a clear purpose in both life and work is essential to happiness. Science and business support this view. Companies with a clear purpose perform better than companies without. Purpose is increasingly mentioned as the key to navigate the volatile and complex world we live in. And, people with a purpose in their life, live longer and are healthier. However, finding your purpose, your personal, team and companies purpose, is not an easy task. In this workshop we discuss what purpose means and what the key elements of a sustainable and meaningful purpose are. By playing the Purpose Journey Game, we elaborate the four steps to identify the company or team purpose and build your business around it.

    Outline:

    After sharing our knowledge, insights from science and best practices, we will immerse in the subject by playing the Purpose Journey Game. We play the game in small groups (pressure cooker experience). By answering questions, role-plays and discussion participants will experience the method and learn how to find the purpose of their company or team.

  • schedule  03:25 - 04:55 PM place Plumeria people 22 Interested star_halfRate

    An Organisation is a living system build of people and their interactions. When a system is "threat" it reacts with preservation behaviours. Change and innovation are threats, from a system's status quo perspective, so change is hard, and innovation stops when creative workshops end. To preserve the status quo the system needs to (have the illusion to) stay in control, therefore a good number of activities such as risk analysis, estimations, reporting, are set in place to "control the future", so it will be the way we want it to be. These activities we need to perform to reinforce the self-reassurance on our capability to "control the future" self- have a cost. I call it the cost of fear.

    The workshop offers an experimental space to eventually limit "the cost of fear", ie. those '"mandatory" activities driven by our self-reassurance related needs as stakeholders, rather than by a valuable outcome. It is designed to address test teams organisations, but it can be extended to a wider scale if required by the participants.

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    Evan Leybourn

    Evan Leybourn - Certain Uncertainty

    schedule  04:00 - 04:45 PM place Ball Room 1 people 48 Interested star_halfRate

    The world is changing more rapidly than ever before and organisations of every size are struggling to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organisations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organisations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility.

    The problem with a statement like that is that there is no common definition of what business agility means. And that’s actually a good thing. In a dynamic and changing market trying to lock it down will defeat the very advantage it brings. Instead, I want you to start thinking of business agility as the common thread. An adaptable and sustainable narrative that binds & guides, rather than directs, us into the uncertain future.

    This talk will share the state of business agility around the world. We'll look at the Domains of Business Agility, interspersed with case studies from 4 multinational organisation in both the banking and utilities sector .

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    Andy Cooper

    Andy Cooper - Making Value Visible

    schedule  04:00 - 04:45 PM place Ball Room 2 people 68 Interested star_halfRate

    When faced with seemingly endless choices and a world moving at an increasing speed, how do you evaluate strategic options with speed and precision?

    As a leader with over 30 years experience in sales, marketing and corporate roles within tech companies, Andy Cooper has pondered this problem for many years. Andy will explain how using concepts borrowed from Lean, Lean Startup, Agile Software Development, Beyond Budgeting and other adaptive approaches, you can create a highly effective process to make and evaluate decisions using a Value Engineering approach with the benefit that it can be used in multiple situations including evaluating product direction, strategic initiatives, or personal situations evolving value-based thinking.

    In the session, Andy will walk through an example and show how this can be applied to solve many other tough value-based problems. Andy will also share how he has used this approach to solve sales and marketing challenges in the companies he has worked for.

17:00
18:00

    Business Agility Panel - 45 mins

18:45

    Closing Talk - 15 mins

19:00

    Dinner and Networking - 180 mins

Design Innovation

Wed, Mar 7
Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (IST)
08:30

    Registration - 30 mins

09:00
10:00

    Welcome Address - 15 mins

10:15

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

10:30
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    Mary Wharmby

    Mary Wharmby - Designing for Change Management

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Ball Room 1 people 68 Interested star_halfRate

    New technologies are driving a revolution in customer expectations, fueling a wave of competition which threatens the very existence of businesses with aging structures, processes and cultures. Many companies are turning to methodologies like agile, big data and design to not only drive innovation but to attempt profound internal organizational change.

    This is the story of how design is helping transform BBVA — one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most traditional banks. At BBVA, design is not only creating more innovative products and services for customers, it is reshaping the organization and culture into a more customer-centric, collaborative and innovation-friendly entity.

    Because the story is still being written, this is not yet a case study but rather a report from the field and an invitation to the conversation. We will explore the changing role of design vis-a-vis business and technology, where design should live in our organizations, how to get the most impact out of design and how to grow an internal design culture — not just in the Design Department — but throughout the entire organization.

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    Praveen Vajpeyi

    Praveen Vajpeyi - Unleashing Your Innovation Potential

    schedule  11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Ball Room 2 people 51 Interested star_halfRate

    We live in accelerated times where digital technology is transforming and restructuring our world in very interesting ways. As technologies race ahead - and intelligent machines shrink the gap between machine and human abilities - our skills and organizations lag behind. For many, this lag predicts bad news. How do we compete in a world where robotics and voice recognition automate many low-skilled positions and improvements in communications and collaboration technology motivate companies to outsource key roles to experts, leaving local talent underemployed? How do we get ahead of the curve? How do we innovate and reinvent ourselves? How do we develop a culture of innovation - a culture of experimentation; with the team at the core? In this presentation, we will draw from the insight of an education non-profit that is in the process of changing its culture - and its business model.

12:00
12:30
13:15

    Lunch - 45 mins

14:00
14:45

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

15:00
16:00
16:25
17:00
18:00

    Setting up Innovation Centres - Panel - 45 mins

18:45

    Closing Talk - 15 mins

19:00

    Dinner and Networking - 180 mins

Digital Transformation

Thu, Mar 8
Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (IST)
08:30

    Registration - 30 mins

09:00
10:00

    Welcome Address - 15 mins

10:15

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

10:30
11:30
12:00
12:30

    Lunch Break - 60 mins

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14:30
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    Gregor Hohpe

    Gregor Hohpe - Enterprise Architecture = Architecting the Enterprise?

    schedule  02:30 - 03:15 PM place Ball Room 1 people 51 Interested star_halfRate

    Architects in the enterprise are often regarded as ivory tower residents who bestow their utopian plans upon project teams in the form of colorful diagrams that bear little to no resemblance to reality. The most suspicious in this group are often the "Enterprise Architects" who are perceived as being furthest from actual technical problems.

    However, large-scale IT operation and transformation require transparency across hundreds or thousands of applications running on all sorts of middleware in data centers around the globe. The very enterprise architects are likely the only ones who stand a chance to bring transparency into such an environment and who can direct IT investments in the hundreds of millions of Euros towards modernization and run-cost reduction. This sounds a lot more exciting and valuable than drawing pictures!

    This session takes a serious but light-hearted look at the role of enterprise architects in modern IT organizations.

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    Nikhil Barthwal

    Nikhil Barthwal - Unikernels: The Next Evolution in Cloud Infrastructure

    schedule  02:30 - 03:15 PM place Ball Room 2 people 15 Interested star_halfRate

    Unikernels are specialized, single address space machine image constructed by using library operating systems and are gaining a lot of attention in the industry. Due to less amount of code deployed, they have smaller attack surface and hence improved security.

    This talk describes what Unikernels are, what are their advantages & disadvantages and how are they different from containers & microkernels. It uses MirageOS as an example to show how the developer selects the minimal set of libraries which correspond to the OS constructs required for their application to run and these libraries are then compiled with the application to build sealed, fixed-purpose images which run directly on a hypervisor or hardware without an intervening OS.

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    This is an experience report giving challenges while building automated , AI empowered application that converts the mundane job of an IT recruiter to an augmented job.

    Problem: Recruiters hated transcribing resume data into long forms to enter into our ATS (Applicant Tracking System) . Using standard resume parsers didn't help because these parsers could not understand most of the technical words in the resumes. We tried buiding our own parser using the GATE library. It worked but GATE is single threaded and runs into memory issues at scale. Also training the parser to recognize thousands of technical words would need us to invest in a large team of professionals. We had to make this work at web scale so that many users could train the parser to recognize technical terms that were common to each user's context.

    The UX has to be as smooth as a prosthetic extension. The user experience should get the user dependent on and addicted to using the application. Performance assumes central role - latency of a few milliseconds can send users off to other distractions. Building user retention and loyalty is even more challenging. This report shows how the principles of "Game Thinking" can be used to engage and motivate the users to become trainers of ML/NLP algorithms.

    Solution: We built a highly scalable containerized microservice to parse resumes using GATE. We deployed these Docker containers on AWS and used Kubernetes to do auto scaling which led to an amazingly fast resume parsing service which could parse a hundred resumes in less than a minute. We worked around the memory leak issue by implementing the circuit breaker pattern.

    According to Raph Koster users derive pleasure by learning to use your application. We built the application to "teach" the users to "train" the parser to recognize terms that are relevant to their specific context. This is supposed to give the users a pleasurable experience and a feeling of empowerment.We will present how the progression of hypothesis-driven sprints is helping us get closer to the goal.

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    Lightning Talks

    schedule  02:30 - 03:15 PM place Plumeria people 6 Interested star_halfRate
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    Kurt Bittner

    Kurt Bittner - 5 Things You Need To Do To Scale Your Digital Transformation

    schedule  03:30 - 04:15 PM place Ball Room 1 people 46 Interested star_halfRate

    Organizations can improve their Agile scaling efforts by focusing on 5 common challenges: the way teams are chartered, how people come together to form teams, how their values and working agreements are protected, how they are helped to remove impediments, and how they learn to improve what they deliver based on feedback. These common challenges can derail and distract the efforts of the organization to reap the benefits of agile, empirical product delivery. This presentation discusses these challenges and strategies organizations can use to overcome them.

  • schedule  03:30 - 04:15 PM place Ball Room 2 people 32 Interested star_halfRate

    IoT, the prevalence of specialized interconnected devices, has invaded business and home. The myriad of devices, hubs, and APIs has created a Tower of Babel that makes the Android phone scene seem mild. Such devices are inherently less network ­reliable than previous products, primarily due to the casual attachment (convenient outlets). Add to this heterogeneous soup the security exposure that has already been exploited in DDoS attacks, and you have an environment begging for technical solutions.

    We propose Asynchronous MicroServices as a solution. Borrowing a page from historical J2ME thinking and more recent implementations using IFTTT, we introduce small bridging MicroServices for the various devices. Further, also consistent with MicroServices, we keep these services very simple: They broadcast device status to an event bus, or listen for action commands to relay to the devices from the same bus. Interaction among the various IoT devices is delegated to yet another set of MicroServices.

    One exemplary composite application would accept signals from motion detectors to turn on appropriate lights, or alternatively alerting the owner of unauthorized intrusion. Using the same motion detectors, lights can be dimmed and eventually turned off. Room temperatures and even audio/video gear could be adjusted as well. Using Asynchronous MicroServices, we can also set up controlled access from the outside world, rather than exposing each device with its own vulnerabilities.

    Finally, we wrap up talking about the challenges of implementing this in my own flat using Hue lights, Amazon Alexa, and 4th generation Apple TV. We run these MicroServices in local containers attached to the same home network. Docker support of ARM devices enables low-cost redundancy as well.

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    Amit Kapoor

    Amit Kapoor / Bargava Subramanian - Building and Scaling Data Science Capabilities

    schedule  03:30 - 04:15 PM place Tamarind people 14 Interested star_halfRate

    Building and scaling data science capability is an imperative for enterprises and startups aiming to adopt a data-driven lens for their business. However, crafting a successful data-science strategy is not straightforward and requires answering the following questions:

    • Strategy & Tactics: What part of the business should I target first for adoption? Should I take a jump-start approach or a bootstrap approach?
    • Process & Systems: How should I set up an initial process for data science? How to integrate data-driven processes with existing business systems?
    • Structure & Roles: Should I adopt a functional or a business-focused data science structure? What specialized roles should I be hiring for Data engineering, ML expert, Visualisation expert, and /or Data Analyst?
    • Tools & Stack: Should I build a vertical or horizontal data science stack? How do I integrate data science models with existing applications?
    • Engineering & Technical: What are the pitfalls to watch out for? How to avoid pre-mature over-engineering of data science? How to manage the ongoing technical debt for data science?
    • Skills & Competencies: How do I up-skill and build differentiated data-science competency across the organization?

    The speakers draw upon their experiences in setting up and advising data science teams at enterprises and startups to share best practices on how to craft a successful data strategy and then go on to execute it. The will use case-studies to discuss what worked and failure points to watch out for.

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    In the hospitality industry, Analytical solutions are used to price hotel rooms. These Analytical solutions must incorporate additional data feeds that represent the variables impacting hotel prices in the real world. While incorporating these data feeds like prices published by the competitors on the Web or reputation of the hotel in the social media there are unique challenges. In this case study, I want to share my experiences in solving these problems that involve understanding the hidden patterns in the data feed, resolving data sanity issues and finally incorporating these data feeds into the solution in an iterative manner. This journey requires close collaboration with not only the internal teams but also the external clients. In some cases, clients suggest enhancements to this usage of additional data feeds that need to be incorporated a relatively short timeframe. There is no one size fits all solution for using these data feeds. Additional configuration items need to build around these data feeds. In this case study, I want to share a success story in incorporating these data feeds using agile principles.

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    Chris James

    Chris James - Better SAFe than sorry - What makes SAFe such an effective framework to support Digital Transformation?

    schedule  04:30 - 05:15 PM place Ball Room 1 people 52 Interested star_halfRate

    The presentation will demonstrate why SAFe is the most widely adopted agile scaling framework by global international companies and gaining traction in India. SAFe’s practices have evolved from Agile practices and methods, Lean product development, systems thinking, and observation of successful enterprises.

    This presentation will introduce the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe version 4.5), including its core values, principles, and practices, along with a roadmap for implementation. The presentation will explain the roles that are needed to successfully deliver value at scale. SAFe provides guidance and training for scaling Agile development across the portfolio, large solution, program, and team levels. The presentation will describe the most critical elements needed to realize the Framework’s benefits.

  • schedule  04:30 - 05:15 PM place Ball Room 2 people 25 Interested star_halfRate

    Digital success demands market-responsive teams that can truly solve problems and not just build some software. Software projects are a popular way of funding and organizing software development. They organize work into temporary, build-only teams and are funded with specific benefits projected in a business case. These methods are unsuited for these new demands. In this talk, Sriram presents an alternative to projects called Product-Mode. Product-mode uses durable, ideate-build-run teams working on a persistent business issue. Product-mode allows teams to reorient quickly, reduces their end-to-end cycle time, and allows validation of actual benefits by using short-cycle iterations while maintaining the architectural integrity of their software to preserve their long-term effectiveness. This approach is very popular among digital natives and is gaining ground with old-guard businesses.

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    John Le Drew

    John Le Drew - Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

    schedule  04:30 - 05:15 PM place Tamarind people 15 Interested star_halfRate

    Over 3 months John recorded over 75 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

    This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

    • What is safety?
    • What are the elements that make a team effective?
    • Is psychological safety the foundation to team performance?
    • What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?
    • What is the relationship between safety, stress and engagement?
    • What is the profound impact of a lack of safety and engagement on society?

    This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 75 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

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    Aditya Khanwelkar

    Aditya Khanwelkar - Digitizing Civil Services: Using Data Analytics and AI to Personalize Learning

    schedule  04:30 - 04:50 PM place Plumeria people 12 Interested star_halfRate

    In 2017, 1 Million candidates applied for UPSC prelims exam to fill 980 vacancies. That is a 0.1% chance of getting selected. Candidates spend over a year preparing for these exams. Unlike many other exams, these exams require a lot of real-time knowledge of News and Current Affairs. Also, they need to prepare not only for objective questions but also for essay type subjective questions.

    So while preparing for these exams, candidates can't just go through static content from previous years. To evaluate their answers and to give them instant feedback, we can't rely on curated content.

    To address these challenges, we built India's first education platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. We provide

    • instant feedback on the descriptive answers
    • provide in-depth analysis of candidates strengths and weaknesses
    • create a summary of current affairs with timeline, opinions and linked syllabus concepts

    We believe this is the future of online education. Come to this talk to understand how digitization can disrupt current educational platforms.

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17:30
18:30
19:15

    Closing Talk - 15 mins

19:30

    Dinner and Networking - 150 mins

Continuous Delivery & DevOps

Fri, Mar 9
Timezone: Asia/Kolkata (IST)
08:30

    Registration - 30 mins

09:00
10:00

    Welcome Address - 15 mins

10:15

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

10:30
11:30
12:30
13:15

    Lunch - 45 mins

14:00
14:45

    Coffee/Tea Break - 15 mins

15:00