DevOps is Not War: No One Dies When Prod Goes Down

Abstract Unless you’re NASA, the military, or are in healthcare I’d bet, no one dies when production goes down. Adopting practices from the military or NASA could be doing more harm than good. In this talk, we’ll go over what NASA and the military do to be so effective at incident response and management. Description Numerous talks have described how NASA, the US military, and countless other entities respond to incidents. [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]

The Importance of Psychological Safety

I have mentioned this a few times in various talks, on social media, and in my newsletter; the importance of psychological safety in creating effective teams is often overlooked. Google did an enormous amount of research to determine, “the secrets of effective teams at Google.” Code-named Project Aristotle, Google wanted to nail down, once and for all, what factors contributed to team effectiveness. Sign up for DevOps'ish! DevOps'ish is a weekly newsletter covering DevOps, Cloud Native, Open Source, and the 'ish between. [Read More]

DevOpsDays Atlanta 2018: DevOps is Not War

I went to DevOpsDays Atlanta for the first time this week. I hadn’t been in Atlanta in a very long time. It sure has changed a ton. Originally, I was going to help run the SJ Technologies booth. But, a speaker had to back out at the last minute and I was asked to fill the spot. I was working on a talk for ChefConf so I quickly finished that up and gave it to the good folks at DevOpsDays Atlanta. [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 avoid conflict during your DevOps journey. [Read More]

DevOps 101

Abstract With the need to build, test and release software more rapidly, frequently and reliably the concept of DevOps has never been more popular, and to a degree, more misunderstood. DevOps skills are consistently highly sought after and in huge demand, yet at the same time little education and training is available in both the professional world and in higher education. This meeting will address both issues for both entry level professionals and those more advanced. [Read More]

Managing Imposter Syndrome

Abstract What is impostor syndrome? How do you push through impostor syndrome? Continuous personal improvement is something we all have to manage effectively. I’ll have some lessons learned from my DevOps journey along the way too. Description What is Imposter Syndrome? Definition Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. [Read More]

The Dark Side of DevOps

Abstract People think that DevOps, Cloud Native, Agile, GROWS, etc. are all rainbows and roses. You start small, work your way up or you decide as an organizational unit to change. These are two patterns associated with a Jedi-type maturation process of DevOps. Like in Star Wars, DevOps has a dark side. This talk provides examples of successful and failed DevOps transformations as well as some lessons learned along the way. [Read More]