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burnout++ (What Happens When Burnout Occurs with Other Problems)

Abstract Burnout happens at some point in everyone’s career. But, what happens when burnout is taking place amongst other things? Your s/o having a miscarriage? Veteran dealing with time in service and injuries from it? Becoming unemployed? Let’s discuss coping mechanisms. Let’s overcome this together! Description What is Burnout? Definitions (sourced) Who it impacts? Yes. Even kids deal with this. The year of yes can turn into the year of “please stop” Burnout+ Veteran Injured Dealing with it all Introduce a Little Chaos A miscarriage A job lost 9⁄11 Welcome to burnout++ — Managing the Chaos Friends & Family Compartmentalization (lock it in a box for short bursts) ! [Read More]

Teaching People Life Lessons aka DevOps

Abstract Based on a conversation during a Lyft ride. Watch as DevOps is explained in simple, layman’s terms in under ten minutes. Then take a deeper dive into examples of Lean, Agile, Kanban, and basic troubleshooting skills. Proving DevOps is not just a powerful framework for tech but one for life as well. Description While speaking at Open Source 101 in 2018, I had a seven-mile Lyft ride in Raleigh. [Read More]

Lessons Learned from Cloud Migrations: Planning is Everything

Abstract “Migrating to the cloud saves money!” “Not running your own infrastructure reduces your bottom line!” “Lift and shift is a legitimate first step towards moving to the cloud!” These are all potential pitfalls if you’re not careful. Proper planning prevents piss poor performance. Using a real chaotic cloud migration as a guide, we’ll walk through the pitfalls of cloud migrations and how to avoid them and the terrifying vendor lock-in (when it makes sense). [Read More]

DevOps is Not War

Abstract Over the past 500 years, there have been 16 cases of a rising power threatening to displace a ruling power. 75% of those cases resulted in war. Although your organizational transformation probably won’t lead to war, it could be contentious. History can help prevent conflict when driving change. This talk will analyze human tendencies, historical data, and provide real-world examples of how to prevent conflict during your DevOps journey. [Read More]