BIO and Headshots


Donovan Brown

Official Title:

Partner Program Manager, Azure CTO Incubations


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Meet The Man in the Black Shirt. Donovan Brown is a Partner Program Manager in the Azure CTO Incubations team at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Cloud Methods and Practices are his thing. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies in the U.S., Canada, India, Germany, and the UK develop solutions using agile practices, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server in industries as broad as Communications, Health Care, Energy, and Financial Services. What else keeps the wheels spinning on The Man in The Black Shirt? Donovan's also an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities, one of which is Professional Air Hockey where he was ranked as high as 11 in the world.

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Donovan Brown is a Partner Program Manager in the Azure CTO Incubations team at Microsoft. The Incubations team focuses on forward-looking development and innovation to facilitate the development of new projects and ideas. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies develop solutions using agile practices in many industries. Donovan is an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities.


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Digital Transformation (from on-premises to the cloud)

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Agile from the trenches

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Enterprise transformation (and you can too)

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Getting started with Azure DevOps

DevOps is about people, process, and products. Getting it all right requires effort, but the benefits to your organization and customers can be huge. Microsoft has a fantastic set of products that can help you get the most out of the cloud with any language on any platform. In this demo-heavy session, Donovan Brown shows you how to transform your team