Improving Goat Production
Michael Ducy
Chef
@mfdii
What the What?
A goat is tied to a silo of radius x
with a rope of length y, what is
the grazing area of the goat?
Never make a bet with a drunk
American in Amsterdam.
Silos
The Goat
Goats are Intelligent
Goats are Multi-Purpose
Goats are Multi-Purpose
Goats are Multi-Purpose
Goats are Multi-Purpose
Goats are Multi-Purpose
Goats are Multi-Purpose
Full Stack Developers
Full Stack Operations
Full Stack OpsDevOps
Full Stack DevOpsDev
The Goat and the Silo
The Goat and the Silo
The Goat and the Silo
The Goat and the Silo
The Goat and the Silo
Silo of Goats
More Goats
More Goats
and Operations
Workers
Improving Goat Production
• Foraging Crops
• Frequent Continuous access to water
• Improved Housing
• Buck Exchange/Rotati...
Foraging Crops
Foraging Crops
• Free food for goats
• Plantable in places not used for (human) food
production
• Encourages good health i...
Foraging Crops for DevOps
Foraging Crops for DevOps
Foraging Crops for DevOps
Access to Water
Access to Water
• Different requirements based on feed
• Grazing goats consume less water
• Only ~10% of water loss may be...
Access to DevOps Water
Goats and Fences
Goats and Fences
Goats and Fences
Improved Housing
Improved Housing
• Improves health conditions
• Protects from predators
• Keeps goats protected from
themselves
Improved DevOps Housing
Improved DevOps Housing
• Don’t skimp on kit
• Create the space for how your team
needs to work
• Cheaper to deal with upf...
Buck Exchange/Rotation
Buck Exchange/Rotation
• Helps breeding by spreading DNA
• Prevents problems associated with
inbreeding
DevOps Exchange/Rotation
• Helps spread knowledge
• Prevents myopic view of business
• Should include business roles
• Sho...
Summary
• Plant the seeds to allow your goats to graze
• Give access to the water goats need
• Improve their housing to ma...
Be the goat.
Improving Goat Production
Improving Goat Production
Improving Goat Production
Improving Goat Production
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While we can tak about "Being the Goat" what does it take to create an environment that allows for goats to thrive in your organization?

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  • The definition of the problem.
  • The definition of the problem.
  • And now here I am talking about silos. Everyone is talking about Silos these days. And the foundation of this talk came from attending DevOps Days amsterdam. Some one mention the fact that every deck seemed to have a Silo in it, so many silos that they “thought they were at a farmers conference”

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Ralls_Texas_Grain_Silos_2010.jpg
  • An org chart
  • So lets talk about goats. DevOps Engineers are all the rage on job boards and recruiters spam these days. But I don’t think you need to hire DevOps Engineers to instill a culture of DevOps, and generally speaking many others in the DevOps space would agree. What you need to instill DevOps are goats. So why goats?
  • Goats are extremely intelligent. They will poke and prod and investigate their surroundings, They are curious and seek to learn. Just like those you want bringing about organizational change, you want the curious ones that will go out and find new ways of doing things.
  • They can tow your children
  • Or your rooster

    http://farm1.staticflickr.com/177/470452689_3f3b2d3f20.jpg
  • They can be used for stew
  • Or even milked
  • They make fashionable clothing
  • And they can be used to clear areas of brush because they will eat just about anything. Generlists are your number one asset as you look to instill devops in your org.
  • So lets talk about silos again.
  • Now when we solve the actual mathematical problem, we get a graphic like this. Now when you have Goats in your org, you need to let them out of their silos from time to time to let them graze amongst others in your org. This helps with the communication and collaboration problems that often plaque orgs.

    http://math.ucsd.edu/~jeggers/math20e/goat.pdf
  • Get the goats more rope, and they can graze even more.
  • Have multiple silos, with multiple goats and now we have goats running amongst other goats, collaborating and communicating more effectively
  • Have multiple silos, with multiple goats and now we have goats running amongst other goats, collaborating and communicating more effectively
  • But what you have to avoid is creating yet another silo of goats. This is what many orgs do when they create a DevOps team.
  • Improving Goat Production

    1. 1. Improving Goat Production Michael Ducy Chef @mfdii
    2. 2. What the What? A goat is tied to a silo of radius x with a rope of length y, what is the grazing area of the goat?
    3. 3. Never make a bet with a drunk American in Amsterdam.
    4. 4. Silos
    5. 5. The Goat
    6. 6. Goats are Intelligent
    7. 7. Goats are Multi-Purpose
    8. 8. Goats are Multi-Purpose
    9. 9. Goats are Multi-Purpose
    10. 10. Goats are Multi-Purpose
    11. 11. Goats are Multi-Purpose
    12. 12. Goats are Multi-Purpose
    13. 13. Full Stack Developers
    14. 14. Full Stack Operations
    15. 15. Full Stack OpsDevOps
    16. 16. Full Stack DevOpsDev
    17. 17. The Goat and the Silo
    18. 18. The Goat and the Silo
    19. 19. The Goat and the Silo
    20. 20. The Goat and the Silo
    21. 21. The Goat and the Silo
    22. 22. Silo of Goats
    23. 23. More Goats
    24. 24. More Goats and Operations Workers
    25. 25. Improving Goat Production • Foraging Crops • Frequent Continuous access to water • Improved Housing • Buck Exchange/Rotation
    26. 26. Foraging Crops
    27. 27. Foraging Crops • Free food for goats • Plantable in places not used for (human) food production • Encourages good health in the goat herd
    28. 28. Foraging Crops for DevOps
    29. 29. Foraging Crops for DevOps
    30. 30. Foraging Crops for DevOps
    31. 31. Access to Water
    32. 32. Access to Water • Different requirements based on feed • Grazing goats consume less water • Only ~10% of water loss may be fatal
    33. 33. Access to DevOps Water
    34. 34. Goats and Fences
    35. 35. Goats and Fences
    36. 36. Goats and Fences
    37. 37. Improved Housing
    38. 38. Improved Housing • Improves health conditions • Protects from predators • Keeps goats protected from themselves
    39. 39. Improved DevOps Housing
    40. 40. Improved DevOps Housing • Don’t skimp on kit • Create the space for how your team needs to work • Cheaper to deal with upfront
    41. 41. Buck Exchange/Rotation
    42. 42. Buck Exchange/Rotation • Helps breeding by spreading DNA • Prevents problems associated with inbreeding
    43. 43. DevOps Exchange/Rotation • Helps spread knowledge • Prevents myopic view of business • Should include business roles • Should include outside opportunities as well
    44. 44. Summary • Plant the seeds to allow your goats to graze • Give access to the water goats need • Improve their housing to make happier goats • Rotate your goats to keep them fresh
    45. 45. Be the goat.

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