One Woman's Experience as the Software Industry has Evolved

I would like to share some of my experiences as a woman through the different phases of the software industry. Some of the highlights and my attempts to implement change that I would talk about would come from my experiences in the following: • Bell Labs during the early days of Unix • At&T during Divestiture • Silicon Valley (interesting anytime) • Starting InfoShark and getting venture capital • Teaching High School Math with On-line Learning • Working at SJ Technologies with John Willis on DevOps Services

Along the way, I was able to implement automated technology in a large organization at AT&T. Since this required organizational change I had to come up with what where some revolutionary ideas at the time. One of those ideas was developing a team involving all the stakeholders such as end users. I wrote a book about this experience, Agents of Change: Managing the Introduction of Automated Tools. I would like to end with a quote from Agents of Change: “Another group you should seriously consider including on the team is operations. For some reason, this group is usually ignored…”

I would be honored to share my experiences with the DevOps community.



Barbara Bouldin

I have been in the software industry for over 35 years and have had the privilege of experiencing the software industry as it grew. My career began as a software engineer at Bell Labs in the early days of Unix and at AT&T during divesture. I also worked in the Silicon Valley and started my own company, InfoShark. I then took a sabbatical and taught High School Math where I was involved with on-line learning. My daughter, Karen Lawton, who is CEO of SJ Technologies, recruited me back into software business. Currently I am working in the DevOps world with John Willis.

While at AT&T I introduced automated tools to a large organization which required an organizational change. I wrote a book about this experience: Agents of Change: Managing the Introduction of Automated Tools