This year's theme is Prod Academy, which will set a baseline for how to do DevOps in government and achieve mission outcomes.

Attendees will learn how to launch, scale, and continuously improve the next generation of government software organizations with the lessons learned to do it better, faster, and cheaper.
  • Gene Kim
    Gene Kim

    Gene Kim has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was the founder and CTO of Tripwire, Inc for 13 years, an enterprise security software company. His books have sold over 1 million copies — he is the author of the WSJ bestselling book “The Unicorn Project”, and was co-author of “The Phoenix Project,” “The...

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    Gene Kim has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was the founder and CTO of Tripwire, Inc for 13 years, an enterprise security software company. His books have sold over 1 million copies — he is the author of the WSJ bestselling book “The Unicorn Project”, and was co-author of “The Phoenix Project,” “The DevOps Handbook”, and the Shingo Publication Award-winning “Accelerate.”


    Since 2014, Gene has been the organizer of DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.

  • USN Admiral John Richardson (retired)
    USN Admiral John Richardson (retired)

    Admiral John Richardson served 37 years in the U.S. Navy, completing his service as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the top officer in the Navy. Since retirement, he has joined the boards of several major corporations and other organizations.

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    Admiral John Richardson served 37 years in the U.S. Navy, completing his service as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the top officer in the Navy. Since retirement, he has joined the boards of several major corporations and other organizations.


    While in the Navy, Richardson served in the submarine force. He commanded the attack submarine USS HONOLULU in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for which he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Inspirational Leadership Award. He went on to command at every level of the Navy.


    Richardson served as the Director of Naval Reactors from 2012 until 2015. After Naval Reactors, he served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations, the senior office in the Navy, from 2015 until August 2019. Richardson retired from the Navy in August 2019.


    Since leaving the Navy, Richardson has joined the Board of Directors for The Boeing Company, Constellation Energy Corporation, and BWX Technologies. He also serves on the Boards of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Center for New American Security, and the Navy League of the United States.


    Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in physics. He also holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College.

  • Janice Fraser
    Janice Fraser

    Janice Fraser is an investor, speaker, and expert in emerging management practices to support innovation at scale. A Silicon Valley veteran, she’s built a storied career as a product manager, founder, facilitator, and confidant for entrepreneurs and enterprise executives alike. But her impact extends beyond the Valley with innovation and...

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    Janice Fraser is an investor, speaker, and expert in emerging management practices to support innovation at scale. A Silicon Valley veteran, she’s built a storied career as a product manager, founder, facilitator, and confidant for entrepreneurs and enterprise executives alike. But her impact extends beyond the Valley with innovation and transformation projects at NASA, the Obama White House, Procter & Gamble, and many other companies in the Fortune 500. As an investor, she is particularly committed to championing and extending access to the brilliant entrepreneurs who are typically underrepresented in the world of venture-backed startups.

  • Josh Marcuse
    Josh Marcuse

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  • Meagan Metzger
    Meagan Metzger

    Meagan Metzger is the founder and CEO of Dcode, a privately owned company that connects the emerging technology industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. Meagan is also a General Partner at Dcode Capital, a venture capital firm that invests alongside top-tier venture firms in commercially-successful,...

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    Meagan Metzger is the founder and CEO of Dcode, a privately owned company that connects the emerging technology industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. Meagan is also a General Partner at Dcode Capital, a venture capital firm that invests alongside top-tier venture firms in commercially-successful, high-growth technology companies in areas that are of high priority across the U.S. government. Meagan serves on the Board of Directors for the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) and for The Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government (The-Alliance).


    Prior to Dcode, Meagan worked as Chief Operating Officer of a government-focused mobile and cloud company, growing it 200% year-over-year. Meagan was also previously Chief Strategy Officer at a government-facing IT and Acquisition support consultancy and established it as one of the fastest-growing small businesses on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 for three years in a row. Through her various roles, Meagan has worked closely with senior leadership across DoD and civilian agencies, using her expertise in federal IT acquisitions and commercial technologies to drive innovation into multi-billion-dollar IT programs. Meagan holds degrees in both Applied Science and Technology and Business Administration/Marketing from The George Washington University.

  • Bryon Kroger
    Bryon Kroger

    Bryon Kroger is Founder and CEO of Rise8. Before that, he spent seven years as a targeteer using terrible software, which led him to cross-train to acquisitions and spend his first year building a transformation at AFLCMC, ultimately becoming one of three co-founders of Kessel Run.

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    Bryon Kroger is Founder and CEO of Rise8. Before that, he spent seven years as a targeteer using terrible software, which led him to cross-train to acquisitions and spend his first year building a transformation at AFLCMC, ultimately becoming one of three co-founders of Kessel Run.


    Bryon served as Kessel Run COO for two years, leading acquisitions, development, and operations for the enterprise-scale software lab that defined DoD DevSecOps. Frustrated by the path the DoD was taking to scale the team’s success across the rest of the enterprise, he separated and decided to tackle the problem as a digital services provider.


    Bryon launched Rise8 in 2019 to help change agents overcome bureaucracy and transform the way they build and deploy software to create national security outcomes in prod.

  • Cornelia Davis
    Cornelia Davis

    Cornelia has spent a career at the forefront of technological innovation, starting with image processing algorithm development, moving to web-centric computing in the late 1990s, and then more than a decade working in cloud-native software and DevOps platforms. She was part of the team that brought Cloud Foundry to the industry - both the...

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    Cornelia has spent a career at the forefront of technological innovation, starting with image processing algorithm development, moving to web-centric computing in the late 1990s, and then more than a decade working in cloud-native software and DevOps platforms. She was part of the team that brought Cloud Foundry to the industry - both the open source project and the Pivotal CF product. She then spent more than 5 years applying that container-centric systems experience to Kubernetes-based developer platforms, pushing even further into cloud-native operational practices with things like GitOps. She is the author of Cloud Native Patterns: Designing Change Tolerant Software.


    Cornelia currently works on artificial intelligence and natural language processing for Alexa products at Amazon.

  • Lt. Col.  Max Reele
    Lt. Col. Max Reele

    Lieutenant Colonel Maximilien H. Reele is proud to present information and a hypothesis around organizing teams for successful DevSecOps within large bureaucracies. The research and suggestions are a result of his experience and collaboration with the DevOps Enterprise Summit (DEOS) and several other key contributors. The focus of the...

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    Lieutenant Colonel Maximilien H. Reele is proud to present information and a hypothesis around organizing teams for successful DevSecOps within large bureaucracies. The research and suggestions are a result of his experience and collaboration with the DevOps Enterprise Summit (DEOS) and several other key contributors. The focus of the work is to enable leaders of innovation organizations to control a simple set of variables in a way that best establishes success criteria for their teams, ultimately creating an environment where appropriate overlap of responsibility for performance against outcomes can be achieved.


    Lt. Col. Reele is a Materiel Leader within the Program Executive Office, Digital Directorate at AFLCMC/HBB (Kessel Run). He leads daily operations and associated acquisition strategy for Kessel Run’s modernization and sustainment activity of multiple programs of record.


    Lt. Col. Reele has served in the Pentagon on the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Staff for a variety of space technology portfolios. He also had a previous tour through Kessel Run during the earliest phases of the organization. Most recently, he was a founder and Chief of Delivery for the Air Force's Business and Enterprise System Product Innovation (BESPIN) organization and software lab.


    Lt. Col. Reele has a B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy, a M.S. in Systems Engineering and a M.S. in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University, and a M.S. in Engineering and Management from MIT.

  • Riya Patel
    Riya Patel

    Riya is the Managing Director for Government at Dcode. Dcode’s government team works directly with the federal government on how to be better customers and enablers of high growth tech. Riya is dedicated to improving the jobs of service members and civilians through the implementation of emerging technology solutions and innovative...

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    Riya is the Managing Director for Government at Dcode. Dcode’s government team works directly with the federal government on how to be better customers and enablers of high growth tech. Riya is dedicated to improving the jobs of service members and civilians through the implementation of emerging technology solutions and innovative culture. FCW recognized Riya as a Fed100 winner in 2019 for her work scaling technology prototypes within the Department of Defense.


    Prior to Dcode, Riya was a fellow on the Defense Innovation Board where she supported the Science and Technology Subcommittee as well as the Workplace, Behavior, and Culture Subcommittee. She has also worked as an Acquisition Resource Analyst within the Office of the Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and within the Intelligence Community.


    Riya earned her degrees in International Security and Russian language from Tufts University.

  • Siobhan McFeeney
    Siobhan McFeeney

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  • Adam Furtado
    Adam Furtado

    Adam Furtado is the founder and CEO of Sagely- the world’s most trusted guide to personal and professional growth. Adam has spent his career in and around government on a quest to make “good enough for government work” no longer sarcastic. Prior to founding Sagely, Adam led efforts to scale and grow Kessel Run, the Department of...

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    Adam Furtado is the founder and CEO of Sagely- the world’s most trusted guide to personal and professional growth. Adam has spent his career in and around government on a quest to make “good enough for government work” no longer sarcastic. Prior to founding Sagely, Adam led efforts to scale and grow Kessel Run, the Department of Defense’s premier digital transformation initiative as its Chief Product Officer. Prior to his civil service, Adam served 8 years in the US Air Force.

  • Delali Dzirasa
    Delali Dzirasa

    Delali Dzirasa is the CEO and founder of Fearless, a full stack digital services firm in Baltimore, Maryland with a mission to create software with a soul — tools that empower communities and make a difference. He’s also the CEO and founder of Fearless Sports, an apparel company with a mission to ignite, equip, and uniform the impactful....

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    Delali Dzirasa is the CEO and founder of Fearless, a full stack digital services firm in Baltimore, Maryland with a mission to create software with a soul — tools that empower communities and make a difference. He’s also the CEO and founder of Fearless Sports, an apparel company with a mission to ignite, equip, and uniform the impactful. Delali’s committed to creating a soulful world where action breeds impact, and he’s been named as one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs, in the Baltimore Business Journal’s (BBJ) Power 10 list, and in the Black Business Review’s 40 under 40 list. He chaired the inaugural DevOpsDays Baltimore, as well as Hack Baltimore, and is a founding member of the governing board of the Digital Services Coalition.


    Delali’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age. As a kid, he used to knock on doors and offer to cut grass, mow lawns, wash cars, or walk dogs. He then went on to graduate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. Delali has over 15 years of experience leading agile software teams and programs, and he strives to make a difference in technology and in his surrounding community. He’s passionate about increasing the rate of city youth heading into STEM fields and works closely with city nonprofits to provide funding and mentorship programs in city schools, as well as other education initiatives. In 2019, Delali testified to the US Senate Small Business committee on behalf of the National HUBZone Council for the Small Business Reauthorization Act. He was also awarded the National HUBZone Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2020.


    Delali currently lives in Baltimore City with his wife Dr. Letitia Dzirasa (Baltimore City's Health Commissioner) and two sons Dominic and Jaden. When he isn’t busy running Fearless’ family of brands, he enjoys working out and hanging out with friends and loved ones.

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Day 1: Why & What

Day 1 starts with why and clarifies the what. Josh Marcuse will discuss the "Digital Value Chain" as it relates to the future battlefield. Then, Gene Kim will keynote the research behind high performing software teams and what we need to focus on as a community. The rest of day 1 covers the "what" of these teams.

  • The SW-Powered Battlefield w/Josh Marcuse
  • Outputs, Outcomes, Impacts
  • Keynote | SDO Performance and Mission Success w/ Gene Kim
  • NUMMI Maneuver and the “that won’t work here” myth
  • Balanced Teams w/ Janice Fraser
  • Working backwards from the user
  • Product Practices w/ Adam Furtado
  • The Real Deal on cATO w/ Angel Phaneuf and Bryon Kroger
  • Panel | Infrastructure
  • Cloud-native Platform and DevOps outcomes in Public Sector w/Cornelia Davis
  • Panel | PaaS
  • The Culture Manifesto w/ Bryon Kroger
  • Transformational Leadership w/ Gene Kim
Day 2: How

Day 2 is all about the how. We will talk about how to do software, and also the requirements (JCIDS), budgeting (PPBE), and acquisitions strategy (DAS). That will be underpinned by a focus on learning fast keynoted by Admiral John Richardson USN (retired).

  • Keynote | Learn the Fastest w/ Admiral John Richardson USN (retired), 31st CNO
  • DevOps Enterprise Forum: Authority and Accountability w/ Lt Col Max Reele
  • Funding Teams instead of Solutions
  • A New Model for SW Program Accountability
  • People Ops in Government
  • Panel | Hacking Gov HR
  • Innovation Strategies for DAS w/ Meagan Metzger and Riya Patel
  • Innovation Strategies for PPBE
  • Innovation Strategies/Tactics for Execs and Sr Stakeholders w/ Siobhan McFeeney
  • Measuring customer obsession - don't talk about it, be about it
  • Panel | You get what you measure
  • Getting Started & Call to Action
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