Paul Hacker


Paul Hacker has over 15 years of application architecture, design, development, and management expertise in Microsoft technologies. Paul has a depth of experience in ALM, Process Improvement, and Team Foundation Server. Having distinguished himself as a leader in the IT industry he has been awarded the distinction of Microsoft MVP in the ALM category every year since 2006. Over the years Paul has proven his expertise in Application Lifecycle Management and has demonstrated his professionalism and commitment to the continuous process of managing the life of an application through governance, development, and maintenance.


How Microsoft does DevOps

Microsoft embarked on their own DevOps journey reducing a three-year release cycle down to three weeks. Hear how their Developer Division made an Agile Transformation that scaled to support business needs. Microsoft used to release products on two to three-year cycles. It wasn’t unheard of to spend six months to a year planning, a year or more coding, and then months packaging everything up for delivery. It worked in the software generation in which it was born, but today’s environment requires a different approach. Market opportunities come and go more quickly, and customers demand increasingly faster turnaround to meet their needs. The Developer Division at Microsoft needed to adjust their business to respond to these changes. The old way was no longer working. Agile methods and practices offered some hope, but how could they bring Agile to an entire division, with hundreds of teams and thousands of engineers. Join me as we walk through the Microsoft transformation.