Pete Chestna

Pete Chestna

As Director of Developer Engagement, Pete provides customers with practical advice on how to successfully roll out developer-centric application security programs. Relying on more than 10 years of direct AppSec experience as both a developer and development leader, Pete provides information on best practices amassed from working with Veracode’s 1,000+ customers. Pete joined Veracode in 2006 as a platform developer and was instrumental in delivering the first version of Veracode’s service to customers. Later, as Director of Platform Engineering, Pete managed the Agile teams responsible for delivering Veracode’s SaaS platform and built the first DevOps team.  Pete also spearheaded Veracode’s…

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  • Veracode’s Journey to DevOps: Getting…
    August 24, 2018 | By Pete Chestna

    As I stated in my previous post, in 2012 we started a transition to Agile. Because Veracode was and is always constructively dissatisfied with our current state and we have a culture that embraces learning, we were eager to find a better way. Our internal champion, Tom Hickman, had done this before…

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  • How to Hire and Build Developers Into…
    May 31, 2017 | By Pete Chestna

    As you look at candidates for your DevOps teams, it’s critical to find developers who exhibit qualities of a full spectrum engineer – generalists who can do it all. You need people who will add velocity and not be dependent on others to complete their work. It’s likely that you will not find…

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  • 5 Things Developers Need to Thrive as a…
    May 24, 2017 | By Pete Chestna

    The rise of DevOps has given rise to a new type of developer, what I call the full spectrum engineer (FSE). In my previous blog post in this series, I looked at the evolution of software development from requiring specialists to developers who can do it all. So what does it take to thrive in a…

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  • Get Ready for the Full Spectrum Engineer
    May 18, 2017 | By Pete Chestna

    I’ve been a software engineer for over 25 years. Over that time, there has been a pendulum in the industry that swings between demand for developers as specialists or generalists. As new architectures, development methodologies, and organizational structures emerge, development teams need…

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  • Veracode’s Journey to DevOps: Waterfall…
    April 19, 2017 | By Pete Chestna

    When I started working at Veracode in 2006, we were developing software the way I had for over 15 years – we were using Waterfall. It would be six years before we moved away from Waterfall and took the Agile plunge, and even longer before we got to DevOps. Looking back, I wonder how much farther…

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  • Give Developers Training That Actually…
    April 7, 2017 | By Pete Chestna

    Do you have a security education program for your developers? I hope so. Although developers are certainly capable of writing quality, secure code, most were never trained in security. They just don't know what they don't know. When I was actively developing enterprise software, I would visit the…

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