PIPELINE 2018 speaker line-up confirmed

The blind CfP review process for PIPELINE 2018 is now complete!

As well as our keynote speakers Elisabeth Hendrickson and John Allspaw, our 2018 speakers are:

  • Andrew Martin – “Meteor-Proof Infrastructure: Reproducible Environments with Container Build Images”
  • Anna Shipman – “How Coding in the Open can help you release faster”
  • Chris Young – “What can the ARPANET teach us about Continuous Delivery?”
  • Clare Macrae – “Improving on 5 decades of annual releases”
  • Daniel Jones – “Continuous Delivery is Better for your Brain”
  • Dave Farley – “Optimising Continuous Delivery”
  • Denise Yu & Mark Hender – “What if you treat your CI pipeline as a product?”
  • Elizabeth Ayer – “Beyond the Black Hole: Product Management for Continuous Delivery”
  • Kenny Baas – “Disentangle the Data Enterprise Spaghetti to continuous delivery, a Domain Driven Design Story”
  • Jafar Soltani – “Adopting Continuous Delivery in AAA Video Games”
  • Michiel Rook – “Leadership in Agile/DevOps environments”
  • Pan Thomakos – “Rapid Mobile App Delivery”
  • Robin Weston – “How to run a successful Continuous Delivery Enablement team”
  • Sabrina Leandro – “How to rewrite, a bit at a time”
  • Tommy Tynjä – “A year of Mob Programming – tips & tricks”

For PIPELINE 2018 we had 108 proposals in total. As usual, some talks were overly-focussed on DevOps or a particular tool, but the majority were relevant and of a very high standard. Thank you to all the proposers for their hard work.

Blind CFP review does not improve proposer diversity per se. It can make a difference when combined with a diverse conference committee, diverse keynote speakers, and CFP outreach for groups traditionally under-represented in IT.

Our statistics on gender balance are as follows:

  • 2014: 1 of 14 proposals (8%), 0 of 8 speakers (0%)
  • 2015: 6 of 53 proposals (11%), 3 of 12 speakers (25%)
  • 2016: 9 of 74 proposals (12%), 2 of 14 speakers (14%)
  • 2017: 6 of 68 proposals (9%), 3 of 14 speakers (21%)
  • 2018: 22 of 108 proposals (20%), 6 of 18 speakers (33%)

In 2018, 1 in 5 proposers and 1 in 3 of our speakers self identifies as a woman. That is a huge improvement on 2017 (11% and 12% respectively), but we’re always looking to improve and we’d welcome any ideas on how that might happen.

A minimum of 47 of 108 proposals (44%) came from CFP outreach. That included previous speakers, previous proposers, email invitations to diversity groups, and prominent members of the worldwide Continuous Delivery community.

Congratulations to all of our selected speakers!

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