DevOps Lightning Talks

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In April, we'll have a variety of short talks (5-15 minutes).

Post-Mortems in Three Keys: Incident Response as Experience, History, and Myth

Dan Slimmon, Senior Platform Engineer at Exosite

The past isn't just a series of facts. We constantly write it and rewrite it in ways that approximate - but will never equal - the experiences of those who lived it. Post-mortem incident analysis is a form of history, and history is far more subjective than we like to think.

Design Thinking

Sara Cowles

Lean, design thinking, fostering a culture of innovation—it all makes sense. And we know this. An analysis by the Design Management Institute identified design-driven companies as measured by the level of senior-level representation and commitment. They found that the design-driven companies outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 by a whopping 228%.

Count us in. But what are the tangible steps we can take to actually effect change? How can we start to make a positive difference within our own organizations?

We’ll discuss core principles, tangible steps and common hurdles that we face along the path to joining this revolution.

Continuous Delivery

Rick Broker

I recently helped a medical records company setup a automated continuous delivery pipeline. The tools automate and track applications from the build system to production. Pipelines that would have taken a month can now be completed in days.

Introverts and Tech Conferences - How to avoid stress and enjoy yourself

Tom Duffield, Software Development Engineer at Chef

Technical conferences can be difficult for individuals who, like myself, identify as "introverted." The sea of people can overwhelm the senses and the social pressures hidden around every corner can send some into anxious panics. This talk will discuss how introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between can approach these types of conferences so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

ELK Stack: How? When? Why?

Vern Burton (@vern_burton) is a Senior Systems Engineer (Device Cloud) at Digi International Inc.

The need for centralized logs has become a need/want in many organizations. I will cover the concept of building a ELK stack which contains Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana, and demonstrate the usefulness on how such a solution can help you lower your time to repair as well as help with creating visualizations of your log data. I will also briefly touch on Elasticsearch maintenance so that you can automate the deletion, closing, etc. of indexes that this solution depends on so you don't run out of space or allow index to become detrimental on your Elasticsearch cluster. I will also cover the concept of total cost of ownership between ELK and the leading commercial solution, Splunk.

Productivity and Burnout

Leif Canfield

Five minutes on maintaining productivity while preventing burnout.

DevOps at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute?

Ben Lynch, Senior Scientific Computing Consultant/Interim Manager of Application Development at University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

When you think about supercomputing, you might not think about DevOps or cloud computing. However, we've been adopting more DevOps practices to manage the diverse research applications deployed at MSI. This talk will share some of the tools we're using and ways that we've improved communication.

DevLOLOps - How To Automate Your DevOps Hilarity

Matt Stratton

Historically, DevOps focuses on CAMS - Culture, Automation, Measurement, and Sharing. However, the one thing that is often overlooked in any successful DevOps implementation is the use of animated GIFs in communication within teams.

Words take too long to type - being quick with a reaction GIF is essential for any successful DevOps practitioner. In this talk, I will teach you the basics of DevLOLOps - how to automate your reaction GIF workflow to amaze your coworkers and make every HipChat conversation a complete mic-drop.

What does an "Ideal IT department" look like?

David Allen

Where "Ideal" means software can be released often (e.g. weekly) yet safely (e.g. low regression, short outage).

I want to brainstorm with the group to define what the "Ideal IT department" would look like. This is essentially a strategic retrospective on all our companies.

I want to ask those who have had some success in improving IT operations efficiency how they did it. For efficiency, I would use a typical Agile Retrospective approach: brainstorm on 1) what are we doing right? 2) what are we doing wrong? 3) action items


6:00-7:00: Networking

7:00-8:30: Presentations

8:30-9:00: Networking

Target is graciously sponsoring this meetup and will be providing beer/wine and snacks. Please bring your ID to check in.