How To Succeed In DevOps  Without Really Trying      @DaveZwieback      Head of Systems
DevOps (Lite) is about…CultureLeanAutomationMeasurementSharingOK, and why aren’t we explicitly talkingabout humans?
T-shaped people?
Neck Beard Maintenance                     Kernel tuning, definitely                    -shaped people              Huntin...
You might be a generalist if you…•    have been doing this “for a while”•    have a jagged, non-linear career path•    hav...
You might be a generalist if you…•    have been doing this “for a while”•    have a jagged, non-linear career path•    hav...
Good News/Bad NewsHerd of Unicorns.
“division of labor to its extreme, [is] a principle whichshould never be followed but with circumspection.          Walden...
Burj Khalifa, 2,723 ft                   But, dude!                   We’re building at “web scale”!Thoreau’s cabin, 10 ft...
You might want to be a generalist     Generalist                     Specialist Salary: Medium to High         Salary: Hig...
Public Service Announcement        For Make BenefitGlorious Teams of Devs and Ops•  Put junior people through team rotatio...
http://knewton.com/jobsWe’re hiring generalists.
Photo Credits•    Egg Cup, Unknown. Retrieved from http://homeklondike.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/3-egg-egg-cup-by-nor...
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Velocity 2012 ignite talk (clean)

  1. 1. How To Succeed In DevOps Without Really Trying @DaveZwieback Head of Systems
  2. 2. DevOps (Lite) is about…CultureLeanAutomationMeasurementSharingOK, and why aren’t we explicitly talkingabout humans?
  3. 3. T-shaped people?
  4. 4. Neck Beard Maintenance Kernel tuning, definitely -shaped people Hunting Unicorns Javascript Debugging FuFinding just the right LOLCATS for a presentation
  5. 5. You might be a generalist if you…•  have been doing this “for a while”•  have a jagged, non-linear career path•  have a healthy interest in “disaster porn”•  have some arcane, secret knowledge•  have wide-ranging interests•  are open to new things
  6. 6. You might be a generalist if you…•  have been doing this “for a while”•  have a jagged, non-linear career path•  have a healthy interest in “disaster porn”•  have some arcane, secret knowledge•  have wide-ranging interests•  are open to new things
  7. 7. Good News/Bad NewsHerd of Unicorns.
  8. 8. “division of labor to its extreme, [is] a principle whichshould never be followed but with circumspection. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau
  9. 9. Burj Khalifa, 2,723 ft But, dude! We’re building at “web scale”!Thoreau’s cabin, 10 ft (estimated)
  10. 10. You might want to be a generalist Generalist Specialist Salary: Medium to High Salary: High to Ridiculous Risk of Extinction: Low Risk of Extinction: ExtremeCuteness: Off the Charts!!!! Cuteness: Arguable!
  11. 11. Public Service Announcement For Make BenefitGlorious Teams of Devs and Ops•  Put junior people through team rotation•  Make it easier for mid-level/senior people to switch teams (bonus: helps retention)•  Put developers on ops rotation, and give them root•  Mentor ops people to go beyond scripting, and become full developers
  12. 12. http://knewton.com/jobsWe’re hiring generalists.
  13. 13. Photo Credits•  Egg Cup, Unknown. Retrieved from http://homeklondike.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/3-egg-egg-cup-by-normann- copenhagen.jpg•  Nppon Fantasy Army , Unknown. Retrieved from http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ts1HdLGjywM/TBal2p8AZ0I/AAAAAAAAL9Y/ kAacSEVnQHQ/s1600/nippon_fantasy_army_book_warhammer.JPG•  Thoreau’s Cabin, Unknown. Retrieved from http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3iRlTMt47Qc/TN65ZHHlS2I/AAAAAAAAAGk/Y7WDBC161v4/ s1600/thoreaucabin.JPG•  Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam), 1932, Charles C. Ebbets•  Peek a Boo, Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography•  Koala, Jo Christian Oterhals•  Burj Khalifa under sunrise, Nicolas Lannuzel•  Clams, avlxyz•  Broken Comb, Unknown. Retrieved from https://thedreamzone.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/broken_comb2.jpg
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