Fear and Loathing in Systems Administration


“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 straw man person. 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 responsibility, none of the authority

  • Tragically slim Systems / Ops teams

  • Constant Firefighting

I describe how to make things better.

Speaker

h-waldo-grunenwald

H 'Waldo' Grunenwald

Waldo is a geek, and if you find him odd, there are plenty of things you could blame that on. He’s a long-time Sys/Ops Engineer, enjoys leading teams, and is active in the DevOps community. He may or may not be Batman. He is pretty keen on helping orgs stop hurting themselves, insight tooling (trending / monitoring / alerting), and automation in general, and actually enjoys public speaking. He hates writing about himself in the third person, and aspires to one day be a better bio writer.