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Organizational Transformation & Chef at WebMD

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Join us for the November DevOpsDC Meetup Group!

Location and second talk are in the works but still to be finalized. Stay tuned and RSVP now.


• 6:30 - 7:00 - Meet, greet, and eat

• 7:00 - 7:15 - Introductions and Announcements

• 7:15 - 8:45 - Presentations, discussions, etc.

• Implementing DevOps - Leading your organization's transformation - Mike McGarr (@sonofgarr (, Netflix -

So you have read the Phoenix Project, attended DevOps Days or a local meetup and you are ready to implement your own DevOps transformation. Congratulations! Now how do you get started? What do you do? Who do you pull in to help you? How is this going to work? How long will it take? Who needs to buy-in/approve? These are all the daunting questions you are left answering, an agent of change. As you embark on your DevOps transformation, you will come to find the toughest part is not learning Chef, but rather...the people in your organization.

In this talk, Mike McGarr (Netflix) will share his experiences implementing DevOps/Continuous Delivery changes in a number of organizations. Mike will pull in wisdom from DevOps leaders and experts from outside our field. You should walk away with a simple roadmap and patterns to implement in your DevOps transformation. • Introducing and Extending Chef at WebMD - Adam Leff (@adamleff ( - Choose the right tool for the job, the best tool for the job, and never settle for less. But what if "the right tool" for you doesn't exist? Cursing loudly solves nothing. I've tried.

WebMD has been plagued with this for the past few years as our Ops and Dev teams have been evolving to meet demand. Let's discuss how we stumbled upon Chef, how it works for us, and how we've implemented it. But even more importantly, let's discuss how it doesn't work for us and what we've done to change that.

• 8:45 - 9:15 - Networking, conversation, planning for next month.

Do you have a topic that you'd like to present or one that you like to see covered? Please contact the organizers and let us know! This is a great venue for lightning talks, first time presenters, and deep technical dives. We all want to hear from you.