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This 20-minute talk was given by Bridget Kromhout twice in March 2014:
March 12: http://www.meetup.com/DevOps-Minneapolis/events/168426002/
March 19th: http://mtnwestdevops.org/2014/sessions (video forthcoming)
Abstract: I was a college-student BOFH, an ISP sysadmin, and an academic IT manager. If I wanted a curmudgeonly sysadmin, I could just look in a mirror. Most developers were unlikely to be granted root on any systems whatsoever, and servers were carefully hand-whittled works of art. You know, The Way Things Were.
Moving to a role doing operations at a developer-centric startup was both a culture shock and a great learning experience. I’ll discuss what worked for me (and what was challenging!) in terms of my transition to a DevOps practice. Spoiler alert: change is scary, but awesome developers on the team make it much easier for an old-school sysadmin to be assimilated into the DevOps of Borg.