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Shaaron Alvares


Shaaron Alvares


Shaaron A Alvares is a News Reporter and Editor for DevOps, Culture and Methods at InfoQ and works as an Agile Transformation Coach and Trainer at T-Mobile in Bellevue, Washington. She is Certified Agile Leadership, Certified Agile Coach from the International Consortium for Agile, and Agile Certified Practitioner, with a global work experience in technology and organizational transformation. She introduced lean agile product and software development practices within various global Fortune 500 companies in Europe, such as BNP-Paribas, NYSE-Euronext, ALCOA Inc. and has led significant lean agile and DevOps practice adoptions and transformations at Amazon.com, Expedia, Microsoft, T-Mobile. She focuses on introducing the Agile mindset and customized value-driven practices aligned with organizational performance goals. Blogger, writer and speaker at local organizations, she is board member, advisor and contributor to global agile organizations such as Scrum Total, Agnostic Agile. Shaaron published her MPhil and PhD theses with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Session: Project To Product: Managing Dependencies Across DevOps Teams With Story Mapping

This presentation focuses on how in a hybrid project management (Business) and devops (Technology) organization at T-Mobile, I introduced Story Mapping techniques to plan for a release across multiple DevOps teams. 

Key takeaways:
- Story mapping across multiple DevOps teams and the business and Technology contributed to breaking down silos and improving customer centric approach to product development.
- The approach highly contributed to empowering DevOps teams in the product and solution design.
- Everybody shared a common understanding of the product backlog (vision, roadmap, product, sequence).
- The Teams felt part of something bigger than just a few sprints and own the product backlog.
- Developers/ Architects are integral part of the digital innovation process.