2016 Speaker Proposal: Misconceptions of Automation

2016 Speaker Proposal: Misconceptions of Automation

Description:

Do you remember that time the janky script you banged out was discovered to be the lynchpin of Production? Have you ever faced an “Automate ALL-THE-THINGS” project? Has your management ever-so-helpfully suggested that you “just automate it”? In this talk, I’ll discuss the mental gap that exists between automation and other business software.

Abstract:

Automation, the panacea of tech. It is necessary to work effectively. It’s needed in order to ensure consistency, prevent mistakes, and free engineers up to do more interesting work.

Infrastructure and delivery code is – at it’s best – invisible. But when it fails, the janky thing that you whipped up to solve a problem so you could move on with life is discovered to be in the critical path of Production.

You should absolutely automate everything that you can, but there are a many assumptions that go into automation, particularly by those who aren’t doing the automation work themselves. More important than writing automation is setting expectations. In this talk, I’ll cover

  • No, automation won’t put your job at risk
  • Setting Expectations
  • Where to start
  • How to deal with an “Automation Project”
  • Sane approaches to “Automate ALL-THE-THINGS”
  • Dealing with unintended consequences
  • Recognizing the perception difference between product software “bugs” versus “incidents” created by automation
  • Entropy and you
  • Why Testing isn’t just the QA Team
  • Rise of the Machines

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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