Coté Speaking

I speak a lot at conferences, internal events, and meetings here and there for work. Usually, I’m talking on the topic of doing better software at large organizations.

Here are the two talks I give the most now-a-days (1h2021):

The Culture Talk (30 to 50 minutes)

Abstract: reating an innovation-driven culture is difficult and requires deliberate and well managed change to how you operate. Scaling it to a large organization is even harder. You also need the organizational context and norms – the culture – that allows innovate practices and thinking to thrive. Nailing these down, let alone what “culture” even is, can be hard. This talk will define what an innovative culture is and then cover several proven methods for leading culture change. Throughout, we’ll draw from use cases from large organizations that have tackled the challenge of changing to a innovation-driven culture.

This can talk be presented in 30 or 50 minutes. There’s also a recording of a longer, more casual version of the talk.

Platform as a Product Talk

Abstract: Most ops groups can’t give developers what they need. Ops is limited by traditional service delivery mindset and tools. Stability & reliability are now table-stakes when you’re releasing software daily. What developers need now from ops is innovation. Operations has rarely takes this innovation-driven, product approach to providing services, & instead focuses on delivering to specification & limiting SLAs. As with development, ops creates value with continuous operations, product managing their platforms and releasing frequently. This talk covers how ops groups are transforming from a service delivery mindset a platform-as-a-product approach. With examples from Discover Financial Services, Rabobank, the US Air Force, & others the talk covers the concept, technologies & tools commonly used, & ops tactics needed to kick-off a platform-as-a-product strategy.

This can talk be presented in 30 or 50 minutes. See also this longer, more casual version of the talk.

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Bio and picture

Here is a short bio of me:

Michael Coté focuses studies how large organizations get better at building software to run better and grow their business. His books Changing Mindsets, Monolithic Transformation, and The Business Bottleneck cover this topic. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, done corporate strategy and M&A, and was a programmer. He also co-hosts several podcasts, including Software Defined Talk. Cf. cote.io, and is @cote in Twitter. Texas Forever!

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