Move Fast in the Age of Uncertainty

Now more than ever, technology matters. Long before COVID-19 made remote work the norm, digital products were driving value and disruption for organizations. But delivering software safely remained a debate: For years, we thought slow meant more stable code and releases… even though we kept seeing fire drills and suffering through weeks-long releases.

The best, most innovative organizations have realized that it's possible to release code -- in ways that are safer, more stable, and more reliable while providing insights into what users value and need. Nicole Forsgren, author of "Accelerate" and leading software development and DevOps researcher will share insights on what teams can do to improve their software delivery as well as stories from organizations that have seen the benefits of these practices.

  • Ship quality code more efficiently
  • Create an adaptable engineering culture that delivers products that users need
  • Establish best practices for tightening feedback loops with reliable data


Nicole Forsgren is a DevOps research and strategy expert who shows leaders how to make their technology count. Best known as lead on the Shingo Publication Award-winning book Accelerate and on the State of DevOps Reports, Nicole has helped some of the biggest companies in the world improve their technology work — including culture, process, and architectural aspects. She is a technical founder/CEO of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment) with a successful exit to Google and a member of ACM Queue's Editorial Board. In a previous life, Nicole was a software engineer, sysadmin, professor, and hardware performance engineer.

Nicole holds a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting. She has published several peer-reviewed journal papers and has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ComputerWorld, and InfoWeek. She has been named a Top 10 Thought Leader and expert in DevOps, and advises companies, execs, and investors regularly. You can read Gartner's take on Nicole’s move from academia to bring science to the tech industry here.

Nicole Forsgren

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