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Let's Learn About DevOps From Gene Kim

Update: Gene Kim Ill, Change In Plans

Unfortunately, Gene Kim has fallen ill and will be unable to speak to the group. We wish Gene a speedy recovery.

The meetup will still continue, however the plans have obviously changed. The organizers will present on what is DevOps and try to answer everyone's questions on the subject. It should be a live discussion.

If this changes your plans to attend, I completely understand. However, I hope you'll still attend to socialize, meet new people, and learn about DevOps.

Gene has offered a free copy of his book, The Phoenix Project, to everyone who attends and we'll have details on how to receive this at the meetup.

Doors will still open at 6:30, with pizza and beer will still be provided.

I hope to see you all there and I apologize for the change. We hope to be able to still have Gene speak to the group at a future date.

- Mark Mzyk


Original Announcement:

This month I'm glad to welcome Gene Kim as our speaker. You may know Gene as one of the authors of The Phoenix Project and as one of the people on the forefront of the DevOps movement. Gene is coming in from out of town to talk to us about just what DevOps is.

We'll be meeting a week earlier than normal on Wednesday, August 14th. This meetup is a joint meetup with TriTAUG, The Triangle Testing and Automation User Group. This is their normal meetup time and I invited them into the fold to spread the DevOps knowledge. I'm sure they'll be happy to enlighten us on the ways we can test better, and we all love automation.

We'll be meeting at Bronto to make use of their excellent space. Pizza will be provided. Doors will open at 6:30 for anyone who wants to chat a bit before hand.

I look forward to seeing everyone and think this will be an amazing talk and opportunity to learn.

See below for more on Gene's talk and more about Gene himself.




DevOps Patterns Distilled: Implementing The Needed Practices In Four Practical Steps

One of the valid complaints about DevOps is that it’s difficult to describe what it is.  Currently, DevOps is more like a philosophical movement, and not yet a precise collection of practices, descriptive or prescriptive (e.g., CMM-I, ITIL, Agile, etc.).  At this early stage we’re in, DevOps is more like a vibrant community of practitioners who are interesting in replicating the performance outcomes and culture as exemplified in the seminal John Allspaw/Tim Hammond 2009 Velocity presentation about doing “ten deploys a day” at Flickr.
The intent behind the “DevOps Cookbook” project is to catalog what the “high performing DevOps organizations” all have in common, and then provide prescriptive guidance so that other organizations can replicate their results.  Very much like the “Visible Ops Handbook,” we are attempting to describe all the necessary and sufficient steps to create the culture, values, processes, procedures and daily work behind their transformations.
We describe what is required from each of the major stakeholders, including Development, Test, Product Management, as well as IT Operations.  We will present the common constraints and conditions that apply each of the patterns, as well as the modifications that must be done to existing patterns.  Examples include Dev patterns (e.g., Agile and continuous integration and release processes) and IT Operations patterns (e.g., release, change, incident and problem management, monitoring, escalation, escalation of preventive project work, etc.).
By doing this, we hope to significantly increase the probability of DevOps initiatives succeeding, accelerate its adoption curve, and ideally, lower the activation energy required for DevOps transformations to start and finish.
This research is the continuation of the Patrick DeBois’ pioneering work in the DevOps community, as well as John Willis and Gene Kim’s decades long passion for studying and creating high performing IT organizations.


Gene Kim is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author.  He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written three books, including “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" and “The Visible Ops Handbook.”  Gene is a huge fan of IT operations, and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment.  He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40” list, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.

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  • Jim C.

    Mark and Magnus, very well done. good material. I was able to pick up a valuable idea to solve an immediate AppDev challenge. Gotta love the power of networking.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Magnus H.

    Here's the preso that I delivered tonight. Really this is just scratching the surface, new threads to pull on and see what they reveal.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Steve G.

    Thanks Mark and Magnus for stepping in at the last hour. You guys did an excellent job and all the discussion via the participative audience was fruitful. Much appreciated and here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Gene Kim.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Luis N.

    Mark, Magnus great job on channeling Gene. This was a good example of introducing faults into the meetup to test organizational resilience ;>

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Eva W.

    Can the talk be recorded and posted somewhere? Or notes / minutes from the talk?

    July 30, 2013

    • Simon S.

      Maybe could also try running a simulcast. There should be ample bandwidth and it doesn't interfere with the camera recording.

      The free account doesn't have the associated chat sessions, but maybe someone could set up an IRC channel :-)

      July 31, 2013

    • Magnus H.

      August 14, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Sorry, was coming to see Gene talk. Hope he feels better.

    August 14, 2013

  • Alan E.

    Sorry to miss this, but can't fit it in. Gene's book was a great read tho.

    August 13, 2013

  • Eva W.

    Is there anyway that someone from the Dumbo office can attend, virtually?

    July 30, 2013

    • Magnus H.

      Hi Eva, this meetup group is a public event, not just for Amplify. I'm one of your co-workers from the Durham office. Gene will be in the Brooklyn area, also. I'm working on a DUMBO visit for him.

      July 31, 2013

  • Eva W.

    Can the talk be recorded and posted somewhere?

    July 30, 2013

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