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Thursday, October 15 • 9:10am - 9:40am
Laying Down the Tracks for Technical Change at Comcast

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In the 19th century, the big technology buzzword wasn't Kubernetes--it
was railroads. Across the United States, regional railroads built by
entrepreneurs sprung up around major cities. These were decoupled
(literally!) from one another and often had incompatible tracks and
equipment. When the railroads began to try to interconnect, it didn't
run so smoothly at first.
 
If we fast forward to the modern day, many companies have seen a
similar boom in promoting independent, Agile, DevOps teams. In a big
enough company, "choose the right tool for the job" can often end up
meaning "we've chosen every possible tool for the job" taken in
aggregate. This leads to lost opportunities and friction when the
technology organization is viewed as a whole and not solely through
the lens of individual teams.
 
In this talk, we'll learn how the railroads eventually landed on
standardized track widths and interconnectivity that led to greater
overall commerce and prosperity. We'll draw parallels to intiatives
we've undertaken at Comcast to drive more commonality in technology
stacks to gain greater business leverage--initiatives you can bring
back to try in your own companies.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Moore

Jon Moore

Chief Software Architect & Senior Fellow, Comcast Cable
Jon Moore is the Chief Software Architect at Comcast Cable, where he focuses on delivering a core set of scalable, performant, robust software components for the company's varied software product development groups. He specializes in the "art of the possible,"​ finding ways to coordinate... Read More →
avatar for Michael Winslow

Michael Winslow

Senior Director, Software Development & Engineering, Comcast
Michael Winslow picked up his love for programming when he was 10 years old writing GW-Basic code on his Tandy-1000. With his passion for designing simple solutions to complex problems, Michael has played key roles at companies like Aramark, Ortho-McNeil, Oracle and Xfinity Mobile... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2020 9:10am - 9:40am PDT
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