DevOpsDays Amsterdam - DudeOps: Why The Big Lebowski is About Your IT Project

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In this off colored talk, I'll cover the major players of cult favorite The Big Lebowski and how those players map to the people you are likely to encounter when executing an IT project. Successful IT …

In this off colored talk, I'll cover the major players of cult favorite The Big Lebowski and how those players map to the people you are likely to encounter when executing an IT project. Successful IT projects are often more about the organizational issues you'll encounter rather than the technical issues. In this talk, we'll cover some of the "characters" of IT you will encounter on your journey, and how to overcome them. For fun, we will draw from the characters of The Big Lebowski, as well as the Dude's experiences, in order to help you navigate your organization.

After all, "All the Dude ever wanted was his project done."

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  • Traditional enterprise sales modelCredit: The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation
  • Challenger sales model. Credit: The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation
  • At the end of the day, YOU are selling your project into the organization. You need to give knowledge to the stakeholders so they can influence decision makers.Credit: The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation

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  • 1. DudeOpsWhy The Big Lebowski isAbout Your IT ProjectMichael Ducy@mfdii
  • 2. DudeOpsWhy The Big Lebowski isAbout Your IT Project AndWhat You Can Do To MakeYour Project SuccessfulWhile Not Alienating All ofthe People in YourOrganization or Getting Your
  • 3. This Dude• Linux Engineer• Operations• Performance and Capacity• Software Pre-Sales• Cloud Architect• Opscode• MBA, MS
  • 4. A classic Dutch greetingMijn hovercraftzit vol paling(My hovercraft is full of eels.)
  • 5. The Players
  • 6. The Boss
  • 7. The Unbelievers
  • 8. The Business
  • 9. Jesus
  • 10. The Pacifist
  • 11. The Expert
  • 12. There Are Rules!
  • 13. Stranger in the Alps
  • 14. The Wise Sage
  • 15. Your Project?
  • 16. SalesRepDecisionMakerStake-holders
  • 17. SalesRepDecisionMakerStake-holders
  • 18. YOUDecisionMakerStake-holders
  • 19. Thank You
  • 20. Image Credit• Slide 3 -http://www.13thmass.org/1862/popes_retreat.html• Slide 4 - http://www.lebowskipainting.com• Slide 5-15 - The movie "The Big Lebowski", directedby Joel Coen, written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.Initial theatrical release March 6, 1998. Screencapture. Copyright © 1998 PolyGram FilmedEntertainment, Inc. Credit: © 1998 PolyGram