2016 Speaker Proposal: Fear and Loathing in Systems Administration

2016 Speaker Proposal: Fear and Loathing in Systems Administration

Description:

DevOps doesn’t matter.  I will talk about ways that Systems / Operations teams can have a better quality of life, while providing better service, and developing better relationships with their companies, all while invoking the “D” word a minimum of times.

Abstract:

“DevOps Doesn’t Work.”  Whether it’s from people who’s “DevOps Transformation” consisted of a renaming, or people who scoffed at the idea of letting development deploy to Prod more often, I hear this all the time.  And frankly, I’m tired of “What is DevOps” talks.

DevOps is a strawmanperson.  When a SysAdmin says “DevOps doesn’t work” or grumbles about giving access to Production to people, the real problem is that historically they have been outnumbered, overridden, and have not had authority aligned with responsibility.

In this talk, I will demonstrate why DevOps doesn’t matter, and that focusing on DevOps is missing the point.  I will offer practical solutions to:

  • the problems of historically poor relations with other teams
  • All of the responsiblity, none of the authority
  • Tragically slim Systems / Ops teams
  • Constant Firefighting

velocity_nyc_2014-headshotWaldo is a Geek, Problem Solver, Systems/Operations Engineer, and DevOps Enthusiast.  He tries to use his Viking Privilege superpowers for good, but is a flawed human being.  He aspires to be a better bio writer one day.

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