DevopsDays Edinburgh 2017 – Devops “all things to all people”?

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Why Did I Attend? 

I have a several fold interest – from living the devops dream in a start-up and a hankering to return to them one day; from the perspective of working in a public sector enterprise and trying to work out how to bring some more of the magic into the organisation; GDPR coming over the horizon and trying to work out what that is going to mean; and finally having a home “sandbox” project where I want to “do things right” and not spend an inordinate amount of time doing them.

As an engineer I’m big into repeatability and make it easier to do the right thing rather than the wrong thing. I also see that “the only defect free production line is a stopped production” and that “keeping down costs and boosting turnover are what makes profit”. Devops is very much addressing these issues. I took two days holiday and paid for it myself, so I’m keen.

Devops “all things to all people”?

Having just asserted what devops means to me. I will now list out a bunch of other things that devops means to different people. Many of the overlap or are alternative ways of looking a the same thing, and some are not.

  • Automating operations
  • Giving operations control to devs
  • Getting operational requirements fed into the development
  • Getting operations support into the development environment
  • Providing representative systems to devs
  • Making devs eat their own dog food
  • Building dynamic teams

Event Summary

“First the housekeeping” as they always say at these things.https://www.devopsdays.org/events/2017-edinburgh/welcome/

I’ve included the schedule at the bottom of this post – in case the site above disappears and so you can Google the people or the topics. If you search on Youtube you often find the speaker giving the talk at one conference or another. The talks really exist to give the delegates something in common to discuss and to give jumping off points. Therefore YouTube is a poor substitute for being there. A good talk can be quite low grade ore in terms of hard facts.

Format

I attended all the main sessions, I will include pics of the Open Space ideas boards and mark what I attended. Ignites are 5 minute talks with the slides progressing automatically at a rate of one every 15 seconds – a bit like TED talks, they are considered to be a “thing”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignite_(event)

Rather than a sequential blow-by-blow account I’m going to split take-aways into more functional groupings. I will also be attempting to keep the elephants at the top of the page and the details at the bottom.

One of the main themes of the conference was “culture”. Diversity, Ops vs Dev vs Dev Ops, Startup vs Enterprise, New vs Established, Public vs Private sector. It was actually all very positive in this regard. People seemed genuinely interesed in sharing experiences, and learning from one another.


October 23, 2017

Registration and Breakfast

09:00 – 09:15 Opening Welcome

09:15 – 09:45 Opening Keynote: Maria Gutierrez

09:45 – 10:15 Adrian Mouat – Microservice Deployment Techniques

10:15 – 10:45 Peter Varhol – Using Machine Learning to Optimize DevOps Practices

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 Gerie Owen – DevOps and Groupthink: An Oxymoron?

11:30 – 12:00 Abhishek Chanda – Helm and the zen of managing complex Kubernetes apps

12:00 – 12:30 Cookie Lanfear – From Software Development Bootcamp to Junior DevOps Engineer

12:30 – 13:00 Philipp Krenn – Providing and Supporting Docker Images

13:00 – 13:10 Sponsors

13:10 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30 Ignites

Jon Hall – Aligning DevOps and IT Support in the Enterprise, Through Intelligent Swarming

Philipp Krenn – NoSQL Means No Security?

Murdo Aird – Using ChatOps in an open and conversational workflow

14:30 – 15:00 Open Spaces Planning

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:00 Open Space 1

16:00 – 16:30 Open Space 2

16:30 – 17:00 Open Space 3

17:00 – 17:20 Day Close

17:30 – 19:30 Drinks Reception

October 24, 2017

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast

09:00 – 09:15 Opening Welcome

09:15 – 09:45 Paul Gillespie – The Perfect DevOps Storm

09:45 – 10:15 Charlotte Godley – Engineering a Continuous Delivery Pipeline

10:15 – 10:45 Josh Atwell – Work + Family + Self + Fast Paced Industry = _()/

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11.30 Neil Crawford – Repository driven development

11:30 – 12.00 Chris Van Tuin – A DevOps State of Mind: Continuous Security with Kubernetes

12:00 – 12.30 Jason Hand – Scrutinizing the Scrutiny

12:30 – 13:00 Jenny Duckett – Encouraging a culture of learning across your organisation

13:00 – 13:10 Sponsors

13:10 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30 Ignites

Ken Mugrage – The answer to the “where do we start” question

Gabriel Nepomuceno – Intelligent Diagnostics and debug

Adrian Mouat – Docker Tips and Tricks

14:30 – 15:00 Open Spaces Planning

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:00 Open Space 1

16:00 – 16:30 Open Space 2

16:30 – 17:00 Open Space 3

17:00 – 17:20 Day Close

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