Devops, Safety, and Lean - Panel Discussion

This panel session will create a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading authors and practitioners of Devops, Safety and Resilience and Lean. The panel will include Dr Cook, author of “Why Complex Systems Fail” along with Mike Rother one of the leading Lean experts and author of “Toyota Kata”. Rounding out the group will be Gene Kim a Devops leader and author of “The Phoenix Project”. John Willis, co-author of the “Devops Handbook” will moderate the panel.



Gene Kim


Among other things, I’m the author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win and The Visible Ops Handbook, a researcher, and founder and former CTO of Tripwire. I am passionate about IT operations, security and compliance, and how IT organizations successfully transform from “good to great”.


Richard I. Cook, M.D.


Physician, researcher, and educator Richard Cook is presently a research scientist in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and emeritus professor of healthcare systems safety at Sweden’s KTH. Richard is an internationally recognized expert on safety, accidents, and human performance at the sharp end of complex, adaptive systems. His most often cited publication is “Going Solid: A Model of System Dynamics and Consequences for Patient Safety.”


Mike Rother

Mike Rother is an engineer, a researcher, teacher and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. He has been a member of the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund.

Mike Rother has been in hundreds of companies and is well-known for his book Toyota Kata, which explains a means for developing, activating and mobilizing human potential in a way that makes scientific working a daily habit. His previous book, Learning to See, is known around the world as the standard explanation and user guide for Value Stream Mapping.

For more about Mike Rother visit his personal Toyota Kata website.


John Willis


John is a Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in March 2015. Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Opscode/Chef and Canonical/Ubuntu. John is the author of 7 IBM Redbooks and is co-author of “The Devops Handbook” along with authors Gene Kim, Jez Humble, and Patrick Debois.