Telus adopts Microsoft’s GitHub for software development

Microsoft today highlighted the story of Katie Peters, a Telus staff developer, who is driving the widespread adoption of the latter’s GitHub code hosting platform to help automate software development in telecommunications.

Peters took a job as a software developer for Telus after earning a degree in computer science in 2012. “I wanted to be the person I wished I could help,” she said.

“There are so many complicated processes in a company as big as Telus and it’s really hard to navigate,” says Peters, who currently helps lead an initiative to make it easier for the 4,000 or so developers to work together. wireless carrier.

Telus recently made GitHub available company-wide and signed an agreement with Microsoft to help manage its enterprise-level use of the platform and provide GitHub training to developers.

Peters is “a brilliant developer and a brilliant technologist,” said Justin Watts, head of Telus’ engineering productivity team. “Katie is great at capturing that relationship with the developer and what our goals are.”

Peters is already shaking things up. Taking inspiration from “The Unicorn Project,” a 2019 novel by Gene Kim about a group of renegade developers seeking to overthrow the existing order and make work more fulfilling, Peters replaced the usual presentation decks with ones featuring swirl patterns, pink and purple. tones and cartoon unicorns, and adopted the book’s mantra of bringing “focus, flow, and joy” to developers.

Transform chatted with Peters on Microsoft Teams from his home in Vancouver. You can see his interview in full on the source page here.

Gordon K. Morehouse