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Welcome back to another DevOps Oxford meetup

This time we will discuss Human Ops ( and the people side of operations. As always there will be food and drinks! 🍕🍺

Thanks to our sponsors @Reqiva ( and @TheOxfordTrust ( for making this event possible.

Talk 1: Confessions of an Automation Addict

Holly Cummins, IBM Bluemix Garage London @holly_cummins (

I've never seen a job I didn't want to automate. Sometimes it's worked out well, sometimes automation has turned a small nuisance into a big, fragile, free-time-eating monster nuisance. In this talk, I'll explore why we automate, when to automate, the hazards of automation and the - big - rewards of automation. I'm part of the team developing IBM's WebSphere Liberty application server. We've used a mix of off-the-shelf and home-rolled tools and processes to work smarter and more productively. I'll describe what we've learned as WebSphere has transitioned to DevOps and continuous delivery and why I still can't resist trying to automate all the things.

Holly Cummins is the technical lead of IBM’s Bluemix Garage London, and the former delivery lead for the WebSphere Liberty Profile. She is a co-author of Enterprise OSGi in Action and has spoken at JavaOne, Devoxx, JavaZone, JFokus, The ServerSide Java Symposium, JAX London, GeeCon, and the Great Indian Developer Summit, as well as a number of user groups

Talk 2: Information Overload and the Real Cost of Interruptions

Hannah Foxwell, Server Density @HannahFoxwell (

Reflect for a moment on where your attention is. Is it where you want it to be? Are you working on the most important task at hand or are you distracted? Where is your attention instead? Twitter? Facebook? Slack?

Time is our most precious resource and we’re not using it well. Our attention and our time are being fought over all day every day, and no one is immune to this type of “digital disruption”. In this talk we’ll look at our relationship with technology and what impact it has on culture, job satisfaction, productivity and our mental health.

As we attempt to instigate transformational change within our organisations it’s more important than ever that we provide the tools and technology for better collaboration, but with more alerts, messages, notifications and interruptions we must not neglect our concentration and attention if we’re to achieve great things together.

Hannah is Product Manager at Server Density, HumanOps champion, HugOps evangelist and recovering DevOps consultant.