25
Jun 15

We Monitor the Monitorama

If DevOps is CAMS—culture, automation, metrics, and sharing—then it makes sense there’d be a conference on monitoring and metrics…and there is: Monitorama! In episode 56, the crew gets together with Jason Dixon , aka @obfuscurity, the founder of Monitorama to talk about the fourth incarnation of the conference. We do a deep dive into what all is encompassed when we say “monitoring,” why monitoring really isn’t about CPU load and memory, other things you can monitor, and why Paul was stupid for not coming to Monitorama earlier; join us, the crew, as…

We Monitor the Monitorama

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, Pete Cheslock, aka @petecheslock,
and Katherine Daniels , aka @beerops for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a
fresh Tool Tip!

Episode 56 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

Or, download Episode 56, or any of our previous shows!

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Tool Tip

EJ introduces us to Convection, a modular DSL for AWS Cloud Formation.


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What comes to mind when you hear the word monitoring? #monitoringlove or #monitoringsucks?

What’s your best monitoring story?

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20
Apr 15

I Don’t Always Test, But When I Do…

Do you test? Do you want to test? For many operations and build/release engineers (and even some developers!), testing can be a bit of a foreign concept. It’s hard to pay attention to getting to 100% code coverage on your unit tests for your inrastructure cookbooks and manifests when the infrastructure is on fire! But… maybe that’s why it’s on fire? For this episode, Mike McGarr walks us through the nuts and bolts of testing, so we can all become better testers, and start integrating testing into our workflows, even if we’re not developers. Join us for:

I Don’t Always Test, But When I Do…

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, Pete Cheslock , aka @petecheslock, J. Michael McGarr, aka @SonOfGarr, and Katherine Daneils, aka @beerops for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a special O’Reilly guest!

Episode 55 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

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A Special Guest

Paul and Courtney Nash, O’Reilly’s Director of Strategic Content and Velocity Conference tri-chair, discuss the thematic changes for Velocity Conference.

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What is your relationship with testing?

What’s the best story where a unit or acceptance test totally saved your bacon?

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16
Mar 15

Packaging Your Software for Maximum Freshness

It’s a part of software developers hate writing and operations teams hate dealing with: packaging, installers, and upgrade scenarios. In Episode 54, the team looks at the fundamentals of packaging, tools that make the job both harder and easier, installer horror stories, and some good practices to make sure your packages don’t make others want to rip their hair out. Join the crew as we provide some tips for:

Packaging Your Software for Maximum Freshness

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, Pete Cheslock , aka @petecheslock and J. Michael McGarr, aka @SonOfGarr for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a new Tool Tip!

Episode 54 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

Or, download Episode 54, or any of our previous shows!

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Tool Tip

Paul introduces us to Gitrob, a tool to help keep your really-private data out of your Git repos.

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How do you package your bits?

What’s the weirdest installation or upgrade problem you’ve ever run into?

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05
Feb 15

Developing CareerOps

It’s been awhile, but we’re finally back, and special guest Katherine Daniels (aka @beerops) is with us to talk over career development in a DevOps context! We discuss All The Things related to leveling up your career, including specialization vs. generalists, training and learning (especially if you don’t have a degree in computer sciency things), and some techniques you can employ to make sure your career doesn’t stagnate! Join us as we delve into:

Developing CareerOps

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng,

EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella, Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d, J. Michael McGarr, aka @SonOfGarr, and Katherine Daniels, aka @beerops for the discussion, plus the month in News & Views and a brand new Tool Tip!

Or, download Episode 53, or any of our previous shows!

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Tool Tip

Paul introduces us to Scott Muc and Subhas Dandapani’s DevOpsBookmarks.com; some hilarity ensues.

(See also: O’Reilly’s similar developer field guide.)


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What do you do to make sure your career doesn’t stagnate?

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21
Jan 15

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

The topic of diversity in the technology and software development industries has been important to The Ship Show co-hosts ever since our first episode. It’s also one we hope our audience is interested in as well or, at least, aware of.

In 2014, we announced our Ship Show Diversity Program.

It was an experiment to find a way to help improve the state of diversity within our industry. It focused on increasing the attendee diversity of the various tech conferences in the “build engineering, DevOps, release management, and everything in between”-space.

It was something new for us. We fumbled a bit. We made a few mistakes.

It didn’t quite work out the way any of us had envisioned, at least not entirely.

But we learned a lot.

And we were able to help some individuals attend tech conferences. So by at least that measure, we were somewhat successful.

But at the end of the year, when we looked back at what we’d intended and envisioned and what we were able to do, we didn’t feel we had done enough.

So the co-hosts discussed it and we decided The Ship Show should make up the difference by donating to various organizations.

These organizations all do really important, on-the-ground work to improve our industry’s diversity story; we were able to donate over $2,000 in total to:

In 2015, The Ship Show plans to continue working on trying to improve the state of diversity within our industry.

And we’ll continue refining the diversity program we started in 2014, trying to make it better serve the needs of our listeners, our community, and our industry.

This is our 2015 resolution.

(Our other resolution is to get a new podcast out; it’s on its way, we promise!)

Oh, and Happy New Year!


22
Nov 14

Managing the Magic of Microservces

When looking at all the organizations that are doing interesting technological, cultural, and scaling things in the DevOps space, one of the common architectural patterns is the use of microservices. For episode 52, the panel sits down to talk a bit about microservices: what they are, the benefits they provide, the costs, the issues around releasing, deploying, and operating microservices-based applications, in an attempt to figure out whether they’re the future or a fad and what, exactly, should make you pay attention and start investigating whether that old monolithic application should be sliced and diced into a microservice-utopia. Join us as we talk through:

Managing the Magic of Microservices

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, and Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a lil’ art!

Episode 52 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

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Some Tech Art

We had a poet among us and didn’t even know it!

Submit your own tech haiku to us by 11:59 pm PST November 30th, via @ShipShowPodcast or crew@theshipshow.com; we’ll select one to receive a special prize!

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Are you investigating converting your application to a microservices-architecture?

If you already use microservices, what problems and issues have you encountered?

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04
Nov 14

Five Years of DevOps (and Its Days)

Has it really been five years since the Patrick Debois launched the first DevOps Days in Ghent Belgium?! Turns out: time flies when developers and operations are getting along and getting bits shipped. We sit down with an all-star panel, live from DevOps Days Ghent, including Dave Mangot, Steve Pereira, Kris Buytaert, Gareth Rushgrove, John Willis, and the father himself, Patrick Debois to discuss what the first few DevOps Days were like, how it became an international mainstay of the DevOps Community, where DevOps has been in the last five years and where it’s going in the next five, and what to make of “Enterprise DevOps”; join us for:

Five Years of DevOps (and Its Days)

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng and Pete Cheslock, aka @petecheslock for the discussion, plus the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a ToolTip!

Episode 51 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

Or, download Episode 51, or any of our previous shows!

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ToolTip

Paul, via Youssuf, introduces us to gitignore.io, a service to automagically generate your .gitignore file for projects.

Their video tutorial walks you through all the .gitignorey goodness!

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How did you get involved with the DevOps community and “movement”?

What do you think is in store for DevOps in the next five years?

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17
Oct 14

Notes to Your Butler

For many, the words “continuous integration” are synonymous with Jenkins. Love it or hate it, we all use it and we tend to trick out our Jenkins installations with all myriad plugins. But as your trusty butler, does Jenkins always know what you need? For Episode 50, the panel takes a look at issues and usecases for Jenkins installations large and small alike, and comes up with some things you might want to leave as:

Notes to Your Butler

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d, and J. Michael McGarr, aka @jmichaelmcgarr for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and #DevOpsDearAbby!

Episode 50 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

Or, download Episode 50, or any of our previous shows!

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DevOps Dear Abby

Philip Watts asks Any suggestions for explaining the value of social tools (irc, slideshare) to an enterprise?

Patrick Wiltrout asks (via my Atlassian Summit talk) “How do you fit the maven release plugin into Continuous Delivery?

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What features did you wish Jenkins did (or was better at)?

How have you solved issues you’ve run into while scaling Jenkins?

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01
Oct 14

The Pulse of PuppetConf 2014

Has it really been almost a decade since Puppet was created? It turns out it has, and that realization was a constant theme of PuppetConf 2014. We sit down with a distinguished panel including Ryan Coleman, Deepak Giridharagopal, Kris Buytaert, Nigel Kersten, and Dawn Foster to discuss the announcements, keynotes, talks, and themes of the conference, as well as reflect on five years of DevOps, 10 years of “second generation configuration management tools,” and what one might do with an army of 400 sysadmins at their command. Join us as we take a look back at

The Pulse of PuppetConf 2014

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, and Pete Cheslock, aka @petecheslock for the panel, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a new Tooltip!

Episode 49 is sponsored by:

Or, download Episode 49, or any of our previous shows!

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Tooltip

Paul introduces us—Steven Murawski would be so proud— to PSReadline, a set of tools that bring advanced readline functionality to the PowerShell terminal.

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How has your use of Puppet (or configuration management) changed in the last 10 years?

What do you think is most responsible for that shift?

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12
Sep 14

Continuous All The Things: FlowCon 2014

We hear a lot about continuous delivery, but is that all there is when it comes to continuity? How do we handle the design? What about the data? How do we synthesize it into a useful business? For episode 48, we sit down with FlowCon program committee members Esther Derby, John Esser, and Jez Humble, live from FlowCon 2014 to discuss how we can help our companies and organizations:

Continuous All The Things: FlowCon 2014

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a surprise guest!

Episode 48 is sponsored by
Pager Duty!

Or, download Episode 48, or any of our previous shows!

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A Special Guest!

Special Secret Guest ™ (ok, ok, it’s Gene Kim!) joins us to talk about another conference that’s looking at the “DevOps unicorn” in a different way: DevOps Enterprise, October 21st-23rd in San Francisco; register with coupon code SHIPSHOW20.

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What does flow mean to you?

What do you find is most difficult for your organization to work with “flow”?

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