All Together Now

Posted on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014
Angela Dugan of Polaris Solutions and Todd Vernon, CEO & co-founder of VictorOps, join the ADO crew to chat about the challenges of collaborating in a cross-functional team. How can tools help facilitate communication among developers, testers, and operations? What are some of the best practices to keep in mind? And, of course, there just might be some “horror stories” of communication gone horribly wrong.

Show Notes






Angela Dugan

Angela Dugan

Angela has been in software development since 1999. She started her career at Software Architects building custom software, then spent 5 years as an ALM evangelist with Microsoft, and in late 2011 she left Microsoft to follow her passion back into the consulting world. She is now the ALM Practice Manager for Polaris Solutions, based in Chicago. Angela also runs the Chicago Visual Studio ALM user group, and is a Microsoft ALM MVP. Outside of wrangling TFS, Angela is an avid board gamer, an aspiring runner, and a Twitter addict. She lives in a 104 year old house in Oak Park that she is constantly working on/cursing at with her husband David.

Todd Vernon

Todd Vernon

Todd Vernon, CEO & co-founder of VictorOps, started his engineering career at NASA before he realized he liked software more than hardware. Since then, Todd’s been the co-founder / CTO of Raindance Communications, helping take the company public and lead its eventual acquisition by West Corporation in 2006. After that, he was co-founder / CEO of Lijit Networks (now sovrn), which has grown into one of the largest real-time ad exchange platforms on the internet.


Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.