DevOpsDays DC, Day 2

Following up from my earlier DevOpsDays DC, Day 1 post, here are some thoughts both from today, and from the conference as a whole.

  • Nathen Harvey is an awesome organizer! Shout out for making everything smooth, and keeping people as comfortable as we can be while pushing us outside our comfort zones.
  • At the opening of the conference, Nathen had everyone stand up, then sit us down by groups depending on answers to questions. For instance “have you been to a conference”, “have you been to DevOpsDays”. It was a great participatory method, and by the end a really effective visual indicator of the few really new people. Those people would have gotten lost in a sea of hands, or maybe have felt too nervous to raise their hand. See “pushing outside comfort zone”. That’s how we grow!
  • The organizers sounded these really cool chimes, by hand, when it was time to assemble, or to notify a speaker they’re out of time. Really nice, human-centered way to get this done.
  • Slide Karaoke! I’ll post a video when I get it. Fun way to get up in front of everyone and break the ice.

DevOpsDays DC, Day 1

Summary from yesterday’s DevOpsDays: I am recovering from the after-party!

It was a great first day! Some reactions from the first three keynotes:

  • John B. Owens II: The PTO is a revenue-neutral organization, funded only by patent application fees. So they’re more like a business, very responsive. Devops matters to them!
  • Mark A. Schwartz: I really got a lot out of this talk. Some highlights: “Business Value” is a poorly defined term. Attempts to tie it to profit often fail. My big takeaway from this “meditation on business value” (his words): non-hierarchical empowered teams rock!
  • David Copeland: You can build the dev of your business around AWS, and delay hiring Ops specialists.
  • Tapabrata Pal: Capitol One is 20 years young in the banking world, and focuses on agile/devops. They built an awesome build status visualizer called Hygieia which I really want to try out.
  • Trent Hone, Laura Barton: Tying evolutionary patterns in nature to real world business cases.

More to come!