Silicon Valley, CA
2014-06-27 to 2014-06-28
I was a college-student BOFH, an ISP sysadmin, and an academic IT manager. If I wanted a curmudgeonly sysadmin, I could just look in a mirror. Most developers were unlikely to be granted root on any systems whatsoever, and servers were carefully hand-whittled works of art. You know, The Way Things Were.
Moving to a role doing operations at a developer-centric startup was both a culture shock and a great learning experience. I’ll discuss what worked for me (and what was challenging!) in terms of my transition to a DevOps practice.
Spoiler alert: change is scary, but awesome developers on the team make it much easier for an old-school sysadmin to be assimilated into the DevOps of Borg. Wacky hijinx ensue, and there’s a hilarious coda: as it turns out, having your startup acquired means that in IT’s view, you’re the cowboy now! All sorts of empathy potential!
I love love love that @bridgetkromhout is up on stage right now admitting being part of the negatives aspects of ops culture. #devopsdays June 28, 2014
“Carefully hand whittled, artisinal, bespoke, special snowflake servers” - the bad old days with @bridgetkromhout #DevOpsDays June 28, 2014
Session on healthy devops relationships w/ @bridgetkromhout. Bonus points for B5 reference. #devopsdaysJune 28, 2014
Not many people can get up and talk at such depth about “being wrong”. Fantastic way of teaching. Thank you @bridgetkromhout June 28, 2014
Tools “DON’T” matter …. Unless you’re not using anything. #yup @bridgetkromhout @devopsdays June 28, 2014
.@bridgetkromhout’s point on “the tools matter less than the fact that we’re all using the same tool” is so important. #devopsdayssv June 28, 2014
@bridgetkromhout manages to get a photo of @lozzdlozzd and @Ryan_Frantz in the onesies into a presentation 2 days later at #devopsdays June 28, 2014
Great quote from @bridgetkromhout at #DevOpsDays “Automate the boring stuff so you can focus on the fun” AWESOMEJune 28, 2014
@bridgetkromhout YOU NAILED IT!!!! Excellent talk, fantastic stage presence! June 28, 2014
Align team/individual metrics and incentives towards common goals to avoid unhealthy competition and hurt @bridgetkromhout #devopsdaysJune 28, 2014
The message from both @bridgetkromhout and @randyshoup that I like – dev and ops are really one team, solve problems together. #devopsdays June 28, 2014
great personal story from @bridgetkromhout at #devopsdays. Lots to relate to I’d wager for everyone in the audience June 28, 2014