22
Jul 14

DevOps on the Silicon Prairie

When most of us think of where the gravitational pull is in DevOps, places like San Francisco, New York, and Belgium spring to mind. But the Midwest? You bet, pardner! For episode 45, we take a field trip to Minneapolis for its first ever DevOps Days. With a panel of organizers and speakers from the event (including Patrick Debois!), we discuss the various talks as well as the open spaces and evening events, examining how DevOps in the Midwest is alive and well and has something to share with us all! Join us for a panel discussion on what it’s like doing

DevOps on the Silicon Prairie

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, Pete Chesslock , aka @petecheslock for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and the triumphant return of DevOps Dear Abby!

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DevOps Dear Abby

Booker Bense asks: How do I stop being the Brent in my organization?

@mattstratton asks “What’s the best way for us to start “taking back” the term “DevOps” from all the marketing speak?


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

Are we missing others industry’s stories when discussing DevOps journeys?

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30
Jun 14

Quantifying Quality

For episode 44, we sit down with Lanette Creamer, a proponent of context-driven and agile QA practices to discuss what “quality” means in a world moving toward DevOps practices. Lanette started in QA back when solving “the blank screen” involved “typing in win.exe” and has been testing everything from publishing to medical records software. We figure out what it’s like to be a QA engineer in this changing environment and how we can all help produce better quality in the software we work on. Join us as Lanette guides the panel through:

Quantifying Quality

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

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Tooltip

Youssuf introduces us to Percol, a Python tool that will make sifting through your data with regular expressions easier.


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How does your organization handle the issue of quality in its software?

What does quality mean in a continuous delivery/DevOps context?

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11
Jun 14

Extinguishing Burnout

As tech companies implement all sorts of ways to increase their output, the often-undiscussed tradeoff is how it impacts employees. Most tech workers have struggled with burnout in a role, at a company, or even in the area of tech they’ve focused their career; some of us have even suffered through burnout without noticing it: we only became aware when friends and family intervened to let us know how off-the-rails our work/life balance had become. In episode 43, we take a look at the signs, symptoms, causes, and strategies for:

Extinguishing Burnout

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d and Pete Chesslock, aka @petecheslock for the panel discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and some opinionated thoughts and feels!

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The Comment Block

Paul ponders whether or not build systems are a good proxy for determining code quality.


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What are your strategies for avoiding burnout?

Has burnout become an easier issue to wrestle with as your career has progressed?

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22
May 14

The State of DevOps Life in the Windows World

For episode 42, listeners might be hoping that we’d delve into the meaning of life, the universe, and everything… and if your universe consists of deploying and managing applications on Windows, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing! The panel sits down with Steven Murawski, site reliability engineer with the venerable Stack Exchange and Microsoft community MVP to discuss the goings on at Tech Ed last week, Microsoft’s recent open source offerings, new Azure features that are facing down Amazon, and with DSC and Server Core, why it seems Microsoft is really changing the way they develop their server products. Join us as we explore:

The State of DevOps Life in the Windows World

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

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Tooltip

Seth walks us through the benefits of mosh, the mobile shell, which helps unbind your processes from ttys and avoid big sads!

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What changes have you noticed in Microsoft’s Server products and application development software?

Do you think we’re witnessing a real shift in Microsoft’s priorities with respect to their developer and “IT Pro” community?

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07
May 14

Your Profile Tells Me You’re Perfect for this Amazing Podcast Opportunity

Bring up the topic of tech industry recruiting with any developer and you’re likely to get an ear-full: stories of recruiters treating candidates disrespectful, clueless recruiters who don’t know any of the acronyms, recruiters continuing to talk to you even after you’ve asked them to stop… the list goes on and on. In fact, it’s so prevalent, Twitter and Tumblr accounts have popped up just to make fun of recruiters. But why is recruiting so broken in our industry? Are all recruiters like that? And is there anything all of us—companies, recruiters, and candidates—can do to make the experience a bit better (and more efficient!) for everyone? Join us as we put recruiter Sam Whooley through the gauntlet for:

Your Profile Tells Me You’re Perfect for this Amazing Podcast Opportunity

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella, and Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a new tool tip!

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Tool Tip

Paul takes a look at the (currently under heavy development) FinalTerm


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What’s your worst recruiting story? (Send them to us!)

What suggestions do you have to make tech recruiting better?

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22
Apr 14

Delving Into the Delight of ChefConf 2014

It’s time again for all the Chefs to get together in the kitchen in San Francisco and look at all of the developments in the last year, plus look forward to the next year in the configuration management space, industry trends in DevOps and, of course, Chef! We grab a bottle of bourbon, some bacon, and sit down to discuss all of the “shenanigans” at ChefConf 2014, as well as look back at the keynotes, our favorite talks, hallway track conversations with old friends and new, plus reveal this year’s Awesome Community Chefs. Join the panel, plus a couple of very special surprise guests, as we go:

Delving Into the Delight of ChefConf 2014!

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, and Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and some ChefConf silliness!

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ChefConf 2014 Either/Or Game

We play the “Either/Or” Game with various #ChefConf 2014 attendees, including some people you may have heard of before…

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What are you excited about with Chef in 2014?

How do you think this “delight economy” will affect your role in your organization?

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31
Mar 14

Deciphering the “Docker Lifestyle”

Creating that initial environment for your application to run in is a solved problem. Or is it? On the market today, there are a seemingly ever-increasing number of tools to facilitate that process: CFEngine, Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Packer, Ansible, Salt Stack, Rundeck… the list goes on. In episode 39, the panel takes a closer look at one of these new tools: Docker. The panel is joined once again by Atlassian’s James Dumay, since the discussion was prompted by a question he tweeted: “[S]omeone thinks Docker can replace Chef/Puppet. I believe they are at least complementary.” Are they? And what workflows make sense for Docker? Join the panel as we try:

Deciphering the “Docker Lifestyle”

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

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Tool Tip

The team reviews Explain Git with D3.

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Is Docker conceptually inconsistent with Puppet/Chef/CFEngine?

How would Docker fit into your organization’s workflow?

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13
Mar 14

A Year of The Phoenix Project with Gene Kim

At some point in every discussion of DevOps or organizational transformations, The Phoenix Project, the seminal book by Kevin Behr, Gene Kim, and George Spafford comes up. More than just “A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win,” it’s become a “water cooler” book for everyone from sysadmins in the basement to CxOs in the boardroom. Released in January 2013, we sit down with Gene Kim to look at how The Phoenix Project has influenced our industry over the past year, plus ask Gene questions we’ve always had about the characters and the story. Plus, we find out what Gene’s been working on since Phoenix shipped. Join us for:

A Year of The Phoenix Project with Gene Kim

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, and Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a review!

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Review

Paul reviews Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, which has a surprising connection to release engineering and DevOps.


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What’s been the largest takeaway for you from The Phoenix Project?

In the last year, what characters and situations from The Phoenix Project, (both good and bad!) have you seen in your own organizations?

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28
Feb 14

Scaling Your Self-Service as a Service

Our topic for Episode 37 was originally on scaling self-service of configuration management (the source code kind, not the infrastructure kind!) good practices, but quickly morphed into a discussion of what organizations need to pay attention and foster to support their tools teams in their often-cited mission of creating a self-service culture and self-service infrastructure. Paul and Sascha square off over the notions of traditional “service” teams and the newer notion of integrated “tools” (“DevOps?”) teams. We also touch on warning signs for automating self-service processes, including in the CM space, really examining how and why you convert which processes into self-service, ways to get teams to buy into your self-service initiatives, and what’s in the best interests of the entire system that is your software development organization. Join us as we discuss the finer points of:

Scaling Your Self-Service as a Service

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a review!

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Review

Paul reviews Venkat Rao’s The Gervais Principle (Or The Office According to “The Office”): losers, clueless, and sociopaths: oh my!

The ebook contains an extra essay on Office Space.

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What issues have you run into while trying to sell or scale self-service initiatives?

Have you had to encode culture into your self-service policies to work around problems?

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13
Feb 14

Myths, Archetypes, Heroes, and Imposters

In episode 36, we sit down with Shanley Kane and Amelia Greenhall to talk about people and communities within the technology industry and startup/VC culture. We were first introduced to Shanley in episode 24, where the crew discussed her post on microaggression in management. We touch again on that topic today, but also look at the power structures that are often obscured or deemphasized. We also look at what conferences and meetups are (or aren’t) doing to help keep all attendees safe, and what we can all do to improve our workplaces and the technology industry as a whole. Plus, we discuss Shanley and Amelia’s new venture: Model View Culture, a media company dedicated to helping us all examine and deconstruct the technology industry’s:

Myths, Archetypes, Heroes, and Imposters

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus for the discussion, plus a the last couple of weeks in News & Views and a timely tool tip!

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Tool Tip

Paul looks at a new take on an old beloved tool: incron.

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Have you experienced microagression, imposter syndrome, the hero complex, and 10-x engineers?

How do you approach these complex issues in your workplace and other spaces (meetups, etc.)?

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