DevOps Exchange - NYC LAUNCH - Recap

24/09/2020  

DevOps Exchange launched our New York community with a bang! 

Rounding up three real heavy hitters on the US DevOps Speaking circuit for one brilliant evening, it was an insightful evening.  

When he's not speaking at KubeCon, DockerCon, Devoxx, DevOps Days, OSCON, Qcon, JavaOne, Baruch Sadogowsky is the Head of DevOps Advocacy at Artifact Management company JFrog. He was joined by Leonid Igolnik and together they discussed the tips and tricks and how to influence real organisational level DevOps change, all from an engineering position. 

We were also joined by ex-Cyber Security specialist for Israeli Intelligence turned CEO, Nitzan Shapria from microservices platform Epsagon who took us on a deep dive into distributed tracing and covered the tools and the frameworks needed to understand performance, flow, and the health of applications via Microservices Visualisation. 

Finally, internationally recognized author, speaker, system administrator and Head of SRE at Stack Overflow, Tom Limoncelli joined us to discuss "low context DevOps Cultures" and how this new concept improves remote teamwork, new-hire onboarding, enables project hopping, and helps you to better handle a page you receive at 2am.

You can now view all the recordings from the event below, complete with presentations and relevant links:



Baruch Sadogursky, Head of DevOps Advocacy @ JFrog
featuring Leonid Igolnik @ Synthesizer
"Influencing DevOps without Authority - how to "DevOps engineer"

@JBaruch | @Ligolnik



View Baruch's presentation here

You know about DevOps, you know DevOps is right for your organization, but hey, what can you do? As an individual contributor or a team leader, your authority to transform your organization to DevOps is limited. But your influence is not!

In this talk, Baruch will show how some proven influencing and negotiating techniques can be used to convince critical stakeholders in your organization in the necessity of DevOps.

We'll look at the arguments, the techniques, the small tricks to prepare you to deliver the message of DevOps most convincingly.

"Influence without Authority", "Getting to Yes", "Getting past No" and others applied to IT organizations with DevOps message.

Baruch Sadogursky (aka JBaruch) is a co-author of the Liquid Software book, a CNCF ambassador and a passionate conference speaker on DevOps, DevSecOps, digital transformation, containers and cloud-native, artifact management and other topics, and is a regular at the industry’s most prestigious events including KubeCon, DockerCon, Devoxx, DevOps Days, OSCON, Qcon, JavaOne and many others. When he’s not on stage (or on a plane to get there), he learns about technology, people and how they work, or more precisely, don’t work together.



Nitzan Shapira, CoFounder & CEO @ Epsagon
"The Scale Effect: Visualizing Billions of Microservices"

@NitzanShapria



Download Nitzan's presentation here

Modern, distributed applications are often seen as a graph of nodes and edges, each node representing a container, a function, or an API service. At scale, with thousands of small microservices, visualization becomes critical to understand performance, flow, and the health of our applications. In this session, we go over the pillars of observability, deep dive into distributed tracing, and cover the tools and the frameworks that will help you accomplish that.

Nitzan is the CEO and a co-founder of Epsagon. He is a software engineer with 15 years of experience in software development, management, and cybersecurity from the Israeli Intelligence unit. He also enjoys playing the piano and is a travelling enthusiast, an experienced chess player, and is addicted to sports.



Tom Limoncelli, Manager @ Stack Overflow
"Low Context DevOps: A new way of improving SRE team culture"

@YesThatTom



Download Tom's Presentation here

Tom introduced the new concept of "low-context DevOps culture": a framework for improving team culture to optimize onboarding, remote work, and project sustainability.

"Low and high context cultures" is an anthropological concept, which he leveraged to create a framework for creating more effective SRE culture.

A high-context DevOps culture is one where most knowledge is unspoken, which can be very frustrating for new employees and a disaster in a "remote only"/COVID-19 team.

A low-context DevOps culture is one where the info you need to do your job is available, visible, and accessible. Creating a low-context culture improves remote teamwork, new-hire onboarding, enables project hopping, and helps you better handle a page you receive at 2am. Techniques include: smart defaults, “make the right way, the lazy way”, and documentation at the right time and place.

Tom manages the SRE team at Stack Overflow in New York City. He is an internationally recognized author, speaker, system administrator and DevOps advocate. He has received the Usenix LISA Outstanding Achievement Award. Previously he's worked Google, Bell Labs / Lucent, AT&T and others.


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