Steve Pereira

Steve  Pereira

Steve Pereira

About Steve

Steve is obsessed with making tech human, and leveraging it to deliver continuous value.

He shows teams how to use simple tools and techniques to make big changes. For the past 20 years, his focus has been on sharing mapping techniques to guide ambitious and struggling teams towards their true north.

He's a former startup CTO, agency consultant, systems and release engineer, finance IT manager, tech support phone jockey, and pizza maker. All focused on the flow of value, all the time.

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Examples of past talks are here:

The 4x4 Method of DevOps Traction

Many teams have embraced the idea of tracking DORA’s 4 Key Metrics, and are enthusiastic about using them to measure improvement, but they often lack a clear starting point - much less a path to success. The 4x4 Method provides not only that path, but the quick wins to get traction in the first hours. This session describes a winning approach to making progress with any key initiative, framed within the context of DevOps adoption and improvement. It has evolved through many iterations across several mediums and now in the age of remote-first collaboration, is finally easy to share, and easy to start. The system is collaborative and remote by default, but works equally well in a room full of people and post-its. It can even provide value as a solo investigation. It requires no specific tooling. It can be leveraged to drive both continuous improvement and innovation. The 4x4 Method focuses on 4 sequential mapping activities that build upon eachother to create clarity, alignment, confidence, and momentum. The four maps are: - Outcome maps - Value Stream maps - Dependency maps - Capability maps The 4x4 Method was created through 20 years of improvement experience. It sits upon principles, practices, and learning from Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, Visual Learning, Collaborative Facilitation, and many other bodies of knowledge. It was created to help teams make clear and consistent progress towards their performance goals. The 4x4 Method is named not only for the 2 sets of 4 components it comprises, but because it was designed to provide a vehicle to help you navigate challenging terrain.


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