LAST ConferenceDiUS Computing is thrilled to announce it’s sponsoring this year’s Lean Agile Systems Thinking (LAST) Conference Melbourne on August 2nd, 2013 at Swinburne University. With an emphasis on real experiences of lean and agile adoption, LAST Conference Melbourne is a mini-conference focused on participation and interaction and provides an opportunity for attendees to learn from and be inspired by fellow practitioners.

As a silver sponsor, DiUS will be providing attendees with the opportunity to taste some of the finest coffee in Melbourne, ensuring a well-caffeinated audience. We’re also proud to announce that we’ll be presenting three talks:

Getting ready for life in the fast lane – Continuous Delivery in action

Stephen Bartlett and Brendan Spinks, Senior Consultants at DiUS, will be presenting a talk aimed at helping people who want to accelerate and extend their agile journey.

Stephen will talk about Continuous Delivery through Continuous Integration, Automated Testing and the deployment process, and how it enables teams to deliver software of high quality and value into production multiple times a day.

Then he’s going to demonstrate Continuous Delivery by deploying an application live to production using agile cloud-based infrastructure to automate the management of development, test and production environments. (Help us pray to the live demo gods! We do have a back-up plan to offset Murphy’s law that will also provide practical and technical information on how to setup cloud-based infrastructure to accelerate your project.)

**Supersize BDD

** Elliott Murray, a Senior Consultant at DiUS, is presenting a talk on scaling Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) aimed at helping teams working on large projects to refine their supersizing approach.

Using real-life examples, specifications and anecdotes drawn from our experience super-sizing BDD on a large project, this talk outlines some common scaling pitfalls (Do any of these sound familiar to you: feature file hell, blocked build, perma-red build?) and covers the analytics and techniques used to identify these pain points and solutions for overcoming them. It also offers an opinion on how to determine the right balance of BDD automation.

Community Innovation for Social Good

Doing social good through technology is a growing global trend on both a corporation and individual level. Corporations are looking to move beyond making a positive impact through a greater level of societal responsibility towards the notion of shared value – the creation of economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges – and technology is a great enabler for this movement. Add to this the many technologists that are interested in volunteering their skills to make a measurable difference in the communities in which they work and live, and it paints a heartening picture.

Despite all this goodwill, bringing together these myriad of resources and skills to successfully design, develop, release and maintain innovative and sustainable technology solutions to particular problems can be difficult.

Pete Cohen is presenting an interactive session aimed at helping individuals understand how they, or their business, can get involved in using technology to create this shared value. It looks at the initiatives currently underway – including Random Hacks of Kindness – in Australian technology communities and the types of challenges being addressed. The importance of problem definition, subject matter experts and product owners to successful solution development is will be explored, as well as the challenges of creating sustainable solutions.

For more information about the presentations, the conference and to register, visit the event website