DevOps Days Austin — John Willis: Culture as the secret weapon in the war of hiring

May 2, 2013

DevOps Days Austin took place earlier this week here in our fair city.  Kicking off the festivities was Mr. John Willis who delivered the DevOps state of union.

I grabbed sometime with John on day two to discuss what he talked about:

Some of the ground John covers:

  • Culture as the secret weapon in the war of hiring
  • Comparing and contrasting the cultures of Netflix, Gighub and Etsy

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DevOpsDays Austin — The provisioning panel starring JuJu, Crowbar, Puppet, Chef and Pallet

April 11, 2012

Last week DevOpsDays was held here in Austin.  It sold out in about day after it was announced and had a big waiting list.  The two-day event, which was held at National Instruments (who did an awesome job as host), featured talks and panels in the mornings and “open space” discussions in the afternoons.

The panel on the first day,  moderated by John Willis, was entitled: Provisioning Panel – Meet Juju, Crowbar, Puppet, Chef, Pallet + discussion.  After the panel I caught up with each of the members for a follow-up chat.  Here they are:

Juju – Mark Mimms of Canonical

Crowbar – Rob Booth of Zenoss

Puppet – Dan Bode of Puppet Labs

Chef – Matt Ray of Opscode

Pallet – Antoni Batchelli of Pallet Ops

Stay tuned for more DevOpsDays goodness in the days to come!

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Pau for now…


DevOpsDays Austin kicks off, A short history

April 3, 2012

Yesterday, DevOpsDays Austin kicked off at National Instruments.  If you’re not familiar with DevOps, its the idea of using people, processes and tools to break down the wall that traditionally exists between developers and operations with the idea of removing friction and increasing velocity to better support and drive the business.

The Austin event was maxed out the day after it was announced a couple months ago and there was a waiting list of over one hundred people.   About half the crowd was from out of town with a big contingent from the Valley and New York.   Near the end of the day yesterday I caught up with one of the organizers, Damon Edwards to learn more about the event and how it came to be.

Some of the ground Damon covers:

  • How “DevOps” and DevOps Days came to be: How John Allspaw‘s talk at Velocity to Patrick Debois to set up the first event
  • 3:36:  How the event has transformed over time:  from a focus on people to a focus on tools and now back to a focus on people
  • 4:56  Who attends DevOps Days and how the mix between developers and operations folks has shifted over time.

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Pau for now…


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