• DevOps Manchester 25

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    DevOps Manchester 25 - Online!

    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.

    Also this time we're running the meetup in the Zoom meeting format (we've used webinar in the past) which means you have camera/microphone options available for Q and A.

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    Speaker One

    Sophie Weston - Principal at Conflux

    Talk title: Blameless Postmortems

    Many of us are familiar with the practice of conducting blameless post-mortems after production outages but are we really making the most of these opportunities to learn, or has it just become something we do out of habit?
    In this talk, Sophie will look again at the reasons for holding post-mortems, explore some best practices and what goes into making a successful post-mortem, and explain why the blameless bit really matters.

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    Speaker Two
    Matthew Skelton - Founder and head of consulting, conflux
    Matthew is co-author of Team Topologies: organizing business and technology teams for fast flow.

    Talk title: Business and Technical Agility with Team Topologies

    Organizations that do not adapt rapidly to the modern, highly-changeable business environment are failing, and failing in large numbers. Increased regulation, pressures from climate change, shifting of energy sources, digitalization, and (recently) the COVID-19 pandemic are all driving a need for business agility in organizations of all sizes.

    In this talk, Matthew will explore how the patterns and principles from Team Topologies promote true business agility through a rapid flow of software change, fast feedback from running systems, a strong drive for loose coupling, and an awareness of sociotechnical mirroring. Combined with a product mindset and techniques from Domain-driven Design, the Team Topologies approach is helping organizations around the world to adapt to the "new normal" and achieve true business agility.

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  • DevOps Manchester 24

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    DevOps Manchester 24 - Online!

    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.

    Also this time we're running the meetup in the Zoom meeting format (we've used webinar in the past) which means you have camera/microphone options available for Q and A.

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    Speaker One

    Khoovi Seewoonauth - Software craftsperson @ Codurance
    Talk Title: My Devops Story.

    The learning journey of a frontend developer in the world of infrastructure, servers and containers. Khoovi will describe what books, courses and more helped me in their journey in DevOps. Also, Khoovi will share some software dev best practices that apply to DevOps.

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    Speaker Two
    Andy Burgin - Platform Engineer @ Sky Betting and Gaming
    Talk title: Curating a Platform Experience

    In the DevOps and SRE community, there’s a buzz about product-focused platform teams. Teams not only managing their platforms, pipelines and tooling as a product. But, helping development teams go fast by reducing time to market and operational complexity. There are lots of articles on why and how to build a platform, but they miss the details of one of the most important components – your users.

    One of the key principles of a platform team is curating a user experience – but what does that even mean? and more importantly, when you’ve worked that out, how do you do it? how do you know if it’s a success?

    Andy is part of the Kubernetes platform squad at Sky Betting and Gaming, since its inception in 2016 the platform has been widely adopted across the business. In 2019 Andy was asked to head up a newly formed Platform Customer Experience team to help with some of the growing pains of a successful product and help increase its adoption. This talk explains what the customer experience team did, starting from scratch they now have attained glowing feedback and recommendations from across the business. Andy will explain the practical things that were done, what worked (and what didn’t) and how the focus of the team has evolved over the past two years and what’s next.

    Andy's Bio
    Andy is Lead Platform Engineer at Sky Betting and Gaming. He considers himself a Kubernetes and Hadoop fettler, spending a far too much of his spare time making Raspberry Pis do things they shouldn't. He is a small part of the organising team for DevOpsDays London and has been running the DevOps meetup in Leeds for 8 years hosting over 40 events. He's attended and spoke at a bunch of DevOps conferences and in his own words is 'an all-round DevOps nuisance'.

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  • DevOps Manchester 23

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    DevOps Manchester 23 - Online!

    For DevOps Manchester 23 we're doing things a little differently, with a talk from Steve Thair and Raj Fowler about how organisations can create a more adaptive IT organisation; we'll then move to an interactive Q & 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.

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    Speakers: Steve Thair and Raj Fowler

    Talk Title: Overview of AdaptiveIT

    Description:

    The talk is about how organisations can create a more adaptive IT organisation, in support of business agility. Steve Thair and Raj Fowler will talk about how organisations orientate their Strategy, Organisation, Culture, Ways of Working and Technology to build capabilities that unlock productivity, creativity and competitive advantage.

    For further reading in advance of the meet-up take a look at the AdaptiveIT white papers (https://www.devopsgroup.com/insights/adaptiveit-framework/)

    The format of the Q&A:

    - Attendees can add questions on Strategy, Organisation, Culture, Ways of Working and Technology
    - Attendees upvote questions
    - Starting from the top voted, the question asker will have a chance to expand on the question
    - The panel will discuss questions
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  • DevOps Manchester 22

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    DevOps Manchester 22 - Online!

    For DevOps Manchester 22 we're running 2 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.

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    Speaker One

    Lauren Rodgers - Software Engineer (AI & DevOps) at Peak

    Talk Title: Stop Snoozing Those Alarms!!

    Description:
    ChatOps is about driving development through conversations between your team in a more visible and real-time environment. Since the world has recently plunged into working more remotely, organisations are looking to communication platforms for ensuring employees can collaborate and work together more easily. This talk is going to be focussed on how you can monitor your AWS infrastructure using Chatbot and Slack.

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    Speaker Two

    Sophie Weston - Senior Engineer at Anaplan

    Talk Title: Designing Teams

    Creating and running software is a team sport and yet all too often the way that technology teams themselves are created and run is left too much to chance. In this talk, Sophie will look at some of the ways that we can make our technology teams better by design.

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  • DevOps Manchester 21

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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  • DevOps Manchester 20 - Online

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    DevOps Manchester 20 - Online!

    For DevOps Manchester 20 we're running 3 talks of 20 mins each with time for Q and A!

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    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?
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    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.
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    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.

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  • DevOps Manchester 20

    Auto Trader UK

  • DevOps Manchester 19

    WeWork - Office Space & Coworking

    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:

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    Terraforming the Future
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    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.

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    Manchester’s new pipeline of Cloud Talent
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    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

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  • 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.

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  • DevOps Manchester 17

    ao.com - Manchester Office

    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.

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