Developer Division’s transformation to DevOps by Sam Guckenheimer


Good friend and coworker, Sam Guckenheimer presented at a recent Gartner conference how we changed the developer division from shipping a box product ~every year to delivering value every week with Visual Studio Team Services.  In this presentation Sam discusses how we scaled our process to this cadence(production first mindset), how to focus on customer value, grooming our backlog with learning, gathering evidence in production, managing technical debt , team autonomy and enterprise alignment and managing infrastructure as a flexible resource.


The video can be found at the Gartner site here:…/a246d6f2d86f47dab8fc4ee49887b5f81d

For more information on our internal changes we have been making on becoming more customer centric and focusing on shipping software more frequently make sure and check out “Our DevOps Journey” which can be found at:


About Sam Guckenheimer

Sam Guckenheimer is Product Owner for the Microsoft Visual Studio Cloud Services, including VS Team Services and Team Foundation Server. He focuses on DevOps, Agile and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). His keynote for Agile 2014, Journey to Cloud Cadence, can be viewed here. Sam is the author of three books, most recently Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Sam was Director of Product Line Strategy at Rational Software Corporation, now the Rational Division of IBM. Sam lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children in a sustainable house they built that has been described in articles in Metropolitan Home and Pacific Northwest magazine.

(Editors Note: Have had a couple people mention buffering issues with the Gartner hosting.  I have asked Sam to contact Gartner about putting a copy on Channel9)



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