• DevOps Manchester 21

    Online event

    DevOps Manchester 21 - Online! For DevOps Manchester 21 we're running 3 talks of 20 - 25 mins each with time for Q and A. IMPORTANT NOTE: This session will be recorded and posted to YouTube afterwards, by joining you give permission for your participation to be recorded. Please contact us for any omissions/removal requests. ==== Speaker One Adrian Wilkins - Senior Consultant at Infinity Works Talk title "Changing Hats" How to do a cross-account continuous integration and deployment pipeline in AWS. ==== Speaker Two Isha Edwards-Joshi - Senior DevOps Engineer @ Accenture From Hello World to Senior DevOps Engineer in less than 3 years. Isha's personal journey to becoming a software engineer having retrained from a master's degree in physics whilst serving pints in a pub and caring for those with Huntington's disease. ==== Speaker Three Jon Smart - Jon leads Deloitte’s Business Agility practice, helping organisations to deliver Better Value Sooner Safer Happier, through the application of agile, lean and DevOps principles and practices, organisation-wide. He is also the author of an upcoming book 'Sooner Safer Happier: Patterns and Antipatterns for Organizational Agility: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility' Talk title “Better Value Sooner Safer Happier” “Jon will talk about delivering Better Value Sooner Safer Happier, sharing Patterns and Antipatterns, learnt the hard way!” For reference, Jon has some great presentations on YouTube which are well worth a watch https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=better+value+sooner+safer+happier ====

  • DevOps Manchester 20 - Online

    Online event

    Details DevOps Manchester 20 - Online! For DevOps Manchester 20 we're running 3 talks of 20 mins each with time for Q and A! ==== Speaker One Ed Pearson Lead Product Manager & Head Of Product Marketing @ DevOpsGroup Moving from Project to Product: It's time we stopped failing the business. IT is broken. IT teams are failing their organisations and their people. By utilising outdated management practices and delivery models that provide an illusion of certainty we are continually failing to deliver. In this talk we explore how we got to this place and what the options are. Over recent years the project to product movement has been gaining traction within the IT industry. Projects are increasingly being demonised and Products portrayed as the saviour but what does it actually mean for IT Teams? In this talk, we lift the covers on the Project to Product movement and help you understand: Why is IT broken? What is actually wrong with Projects? How do Products make things better? How does this apply to teams and individuals? Where to start? ==== Speaker Two Darren Royle Technical Lead @ VentureHarbour Painless Transitioning to Serverless As 'serverless' hits the VC/mainstream vernacular DevOps, programmers and platform managers are all pushed to it by senior stakeholders. I take a look at how we moved a monolithic EC2 heavy service to 'serverless' technologies that made sense. With tips on what to avoid, and tricks to go 'serverless' without having to perform major rewrites. ==== Speaker Three Max Siegieda Platform Engineer @ AND Digital Terraform Automation with Atlantis Automating terraform plan and apply can be tricky with traditional general purpose tools, here we'll talk about the experience of retrofitting specialised tools to existing terraform codebases.

  • DevOps Manchester 20

    Auto Trader UK

  • DevOps Manchester 19

    WeWork Office Space One St Peter's Square - Coworking & Office Space

    We are back for our next meetup hosted at WeWork on St Peter's Square. We've got two great sessions lined up for the evening with contrasting takes on what is happening in the DevOps world. Approximate running order will be as follows: 18:00 - 18:15 - Drinks, Food Arrival 18:15 - 18:30 - Opening intro slides and welcome 18:30 - 19:00 - Terraforming the Future from Stuart Jones AND Digital 19:00 - 19:15 - Interval, Comfort Break 19:15 - 19:45 - Manchester’s new pipeline of Cloud Talent - Michael Houlihan from Generation 19:45 - 20:00 - Closing up session Further Information on the talks: ==== Terraforming the Future ==== How the 12.0 features recently added to Terraform allow for better separation of code and config, reduce repetition, and make multi-cloud approaches easier to adopt Bio: Stuart Jones Platform Engineer, AWS Professional, with experience in Azure, Infrastructure-as-code and several CI/CD toolsets. 20+ years in IT, experience from desktop support, development, architecture, through to traditional on-prem infrastructure and networking, before transitioning to cloud. Covered a number of sectors from Civil Service, Banking/Financial Services, Airports/Aviation, and Consulting. Outside of work, predominantly employed as Dad's Taxi running several boys between different football/rugby/practices/matches; lapsed gamer; caffeine addict. ==== Manchester’s new pipeline of Cloud Talent ==== Overview of a new 12 week bootcamp model, launched in Manchester, helping young adults with latent potential to break into the technology sector. Delivered in partnership by AWS, Generation and Prince’s Trust, the programme widens access to great jobs, improves tech-sector diversity, whilst also addressing the digital skills gap. Bio: Michael Houlihan CEO of Generation UK, a social enterprise and part of a network of global organisations that have helped over 33,000 young people into life-changing jobs. Previously COO of two London based tech-start ups. Outside of work: aspiring, flagging, triathlete & a DIY wannabe

  • DevOps Manchester 18

    BBC Quay House

    We are back for our next meetup , hosted at BBC Salford! This is going to be a special one, we are really proud to be hosting a live video conference with Gene Kim at the BBC. Approximate running order will be as follows: 17:30 - 17:45: Arrival (To allow time required for pass allocation, security and escort to event space) **PHOTO ID REQUIRED** 18:15: Food and drink, sponsored by BBC 18:30: Intro 18:45: Gene Kim, Author of The Phoenix Project, will be joining over Video Conference to talk about his new book, The Unicorn Project which is due out in November. 19:25: Audience Q&A session with Gene Kim 19:45: Break 20:00: Panel 21:00: Wrap up & Drinks at the Dockyard Further Information: Gene Kim is the author of the bestselling The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook, and the highly anticipated The Unicorn Project (coming 2019), as well as Beyond the Phoenix Project, Accelerate, The Visible Ops Handbook, and Visible Ops Security. Gene is a huge fan of IT operations and how it can enable developers to maximise 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. Following Gene Kim’s talk and Q&A, we will be hosting a panel to take questions about any aspect of DevOps.

  • DevOps Manchester 17


    We're back for our third meetup at AO.com! Approximate running order will be as follows: 18:00 - Food and drink, sponsored by AO.com 18:30 - Intro, talks start 19:15 - Break 19:30 - Further talks 20:15 - Panel 20:30 - Wrap up, pub (probably) · Mike Eves / Dave Whyte - Live (interactive) demo highlighting some of the platform capabilities that Auto Trader are leveraging by migrating from more traditional infrastructure onto Kubernetes in GCP utilising the Istio service mesh. · Chris Taylor - Business Strategy Focus Incorporating Digitisation and DevOps into the aviation sector. How to bring "agility with stability" to a conservative sector which demands rock solid reliability. Like many industries, aviation needs to facilitate technological change to embrace passenger expectations. Much of aviation has been built on "locked in" monoliths, provided by large vendors with even larger change cycle's. How do you unlock the value of data in these core systems and build a strategy to benefit the business? The talk will be based on some real examples and hopefully offer some guidelines on how to get stakeholders to think differently to deliver a more connected platform for growth. · Panel - A DevOps panel discussion with representatives from Autotrader, Booking, AO, Azinq, BBC and DevOpsGroup.

  • DevOps Manchester 16


    We're back for our second meetup at booking.com! Here's a rough agenda for the night: 18:00 - Arrival (Food arriving from the start of event) 18:30 - Intro, talks start 19:15 - Break 19:30 - Further talks 20:30 - Close ===== Talk 1 ===== Tom Hoyland - 3..2..1.. Go - Building and Growing an Agile Team How would you build a team from scratch? What techniques would you use? What metrics should you respond to? In this talk you’ll see how we assembled a team, embedded agile values, a DevOps mindset and a clear purpose to create a squad with an infectious, high performing culture. We’ll demonstrate the coaching and visualisation techniques we used to reduce batch size and improve quality. You’ll see how to reveal ‘hidden’ product backlogs, make the invisible visible, and use domain driven design, theory of constraints and language to optimise team resilience ===== Talk 2 ===== James Ridgway - Save money and reduce risk by deploying your applications as Immutable Servers to EC2 Spot Instances Have you ever deployed an application only to have it fail? Have you then discovered that the issues were caused by a manual configuration change on the server? Ephemeral environments are increasingly becoming a popular solution to challenges such as configuration drift. Whilst containerising applications may be one solution, this has the overheads of managing container hosts and clusters, which can also become victims of configuration drift. What if every time you built your application, you provisioned a new server image from the ground up as a first-class citizen of your build process? Fully automated, fully version controlled, tested and immutable. Deploying your application becomes a straightforward process of launching a new server image and retiring the old server. The immutable server pattern is a practical alternative to containerising applications. In this talk, we'll look at the benefits of using immutable servers as part of an immutable infrastructure paradigm and look at a practical example of packaging an application into an immutable server. We'll take this a step further and look at how an Immutable Server is an ideal candidate for running as an EC2 Spot Instance on AWS, saving you up to 90% of the on-demand costs. ===== Lightning Talk ===== Richard Holt - Mental Health at Work : Managing Stress A talk I originally gave at the BookingGo Innovate week, talking about mental health in the workplace with a specific focus on managing your stress.

  • DevOps Manchester 15 - The Return

    Auto Trader UK

    We're back and this time we brought even more friends! A group of us from a range of North West businesses have got together to restart the DevOps Manchester meetups and this is our first meetup as part of that team. On the night we have two talks followed by three lightning talks. ================ Talk One Jon Vines - AO.com ================ When looking at the principles and practices of DevOps as well as the opportunity and awesomeness of Serverless, we can be left thinking are these two approaches to delivering software compatible? The original premise of DevOps was to bring developers and operations closer together. Serverless architectures enable us to remove the operational burden as much as possible. Framed this way, you’d think they were incompatible, but DevOps has come along way since those early beginnings. We’ll use the three ways to look at how using Serverless can take us closer to operating with a DevOps mindset. ================ Talk Two Raj and Zubair - DevOps Group ================ Raj and Zubair will talk about their journey and experience of implementing DevOps in a large enterprise. They will provide the context of what it feels like to work in the Defence Industry where platforms such as Eurofighter Typhoon, Dreadnaught Submarines and Queen Elizabeth Carrier are designed, built and supported over decades. Raj and Zubair will then talk about the introduction of DevOps ways of working in a traditional waterfall environment and will include the philosophies, principles and practices employed for stimulating alignment to shared goals, transforming leadership and culture, building teams and providing the right environment for productivity with the adoption for the right practices and measures. As a result, you will discover how a large enterprise, for strategic internal products, realised 30% service improvement 300% throughput improvement, 25% improved customer satisfaction and 100% improvement in team morale through changing the ways of working. ================ Lightning Talks ================ Jenny Nilsen From Labcoat to DevOps Having completed a Beng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Jenny spent two years working in nuclear R&D. In this talk, she explains how she transitioned into her role as an Infrastructure Engineer at BookingGo. Varuna Venkatesh Taking control of your legacy... Code If the term 'legacy code' fills your heart with dread, you've probably experienced the struggles and complexities involved in working with it. In this talk, Varuna explains how we can start to break away from our legacy systems. Andy Burgin Intercontinental Jet Set DevOps Superheroes I embarked on an epic journey, over the seas to a land far, far away. There I realised that it doesn’t matter if you’re a dev, an op, a sys admin, architect, even a CTO - we all possess DevOps powers, and to some that makes us superheroes… ================ Arrival is from 18:00 and we'll be getting started around 18:30. As always a variety of food and drink will also be there! Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. We'll be over at the AutoTrader offices on First Street. 1, Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN See you there!

  • DevOps Manchester 14


    DevOps Manchester 14 is taking place on the 27th Sep 2017. We'll be hearing from Jon Topper of Scale Factory and Tim Fletcher of LateRooms.com. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of Auto Trader, who are hiring for Systems Engineers (http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fcareers.autotrader.co.uk%2Fsearch-and-apply%2Fsystems-engineer%2F&t=YWViODkwZjEwYWY1MjMxOWE1MTRhMzFlNjkzMWY5Y2FlMzg2NTEwMiw0cVNEREpyag%3D%3D&b=t%3AMWtyal19IjwBJ7BOpLbBIQ&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.devopsmanchester.co.uk%2Fpost%2F165556079550%2Fdevops-manchester-14&m=1) and Enterprise Engineers (http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fcareers.autotrader.co.uk%2Fsearch-and-apply%2Fenterprise-it-engineer%2F&t=ZDYzYzI1NDhiMTJmZjA0MjAyMzVjMjQ1Y2VjNWY3MGRiYTFmNzA1ZSw0cVNEREpyag%3D%3D&b=t%3AMWtyal19IjwBJ7BOpLbBIQ&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.devopsmanchester.co.uk%2Fpost%2F165556079550%2Fdevops-manchester-14&m=1). Boring is Powerful - Jon Topper, Principal Consultant Scale Factory People often think of boredom as a bad thing: I’ll argue that in systems design and operations, it can actually be a virtue: Boredom is the motivation that leads us to automate the things we find ourselves doing frequently. Software, frameworks or services that are “boring” often seem that way because they’re predictable, reliable and trustworthy. Bored is the ideal state for an on-call engineer. I’ll make the case that we should ration our excitement, saving it for the things that differentiate us from the competition. Jon Topper has been doing DevOps since before we called it that. His UK-based consultancy, The Scale Factory, are a team of DevOps and cloud infrastructure specialists, helping organisations of various sizes design, build, operate and scale their infrastructure. He was recently awarded “DevOps Leader of The Year” by Computing Magazine. Distributed Policy Enforcement with OpenSSH Certificates - Tim Fletcher, LateRooms.com OpenSSH is a critical systems administration tool, installed on nearly every virtual machine, physical server and many IoT devices. OpenSSH is used to manage everything from the server in the shed to continent spanning collections of systems Logging in to OpenSSH quickly and securely is normally done with cryptographic keys, sometimes using strong passwords and hardware key storage all too often left lying about on laptops. Managing the list of keys and permissions for an organisation of more than a handful of people rapidly gets challenging, tracking who has used which key to do what even more so. Using the CA feature of OpenSSH it is possible to remove all this complexity, and leverage OpenSSH to enforce your central policies and provide you with strong audit trails. The talk will cover the technical aspects of what can be done with SSH certificates how this could be implemented as part of a DevOps workflow.

  • DevOps Manchester 13


    DevOps Manchester 13 is taking place on the 21st Feb 2017 We'll be hearing from Tom Barber of Spicule (http://spicule.co.uk/index.html) and Matthew Skelton of Skelton Thatcher (https://skeltonthatcher.com/). Tom Barber - Data Systems and Devops Consultant How NASA uses Devops to help hunt criminals on the dark web Tom Barber is the director of Spicule LTD a consultancy designed to simplify Ops and Automation, at Spicule we have a love of simplifying the experience for the end user. Currently we work with NASA and DARPA to help deploy services allowing law enforcement officials to track down drug and people traffickers."At NASA and DARPA we are working on a number of software components designed to help law enforcement officials across the globe crawl the dark web looking for people, drug and weapons traffickers. In this talk we'll give overview of where the platform started, where it has got to and what software we use to help deploy and maintain our stack. We'll also talk about the changes we needed to make in both design and thinking to help get this project to a point where non-rocket scientists can install and use it. Matthew Skelton - Founder Skelton Thatcher How and why to design your teams for modern software systems For effective, modern, cloud-connected software systems we need to organize our teams in certain ways. Taking account of Conway’s Law, we look to match the team structures to the required software architecture, enabling or restricting communication and collaboration for the best outcomes. This talk will cover the basics of organization design, exploring a selection of key team topologies and how and when to use them in order to make the development and operation of your software systems as effective as possible. The talk is based on experience helping companies around the world with the design of their teams. Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Co-founder and Principal Consultant at Skelton Thatcher Consulting ( http://skeltonthatcher.com/ ), he specialises in helping organisations to adopt and sustain good practices for building and operating software systems: Continuous Delivery, DevOps, aspects of ITIL, and software operability. Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at http://devopstopologies.com and is co-author of the books Database Lifecycle Management (Redgate, 2015), Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O’Reilly, 2016), and Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016). @matthewpskelton / http://skeltonthatcher.com