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What's Your Exit Strategy? Avoiding "lock in" everywhere

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Slides from Ignite talk at DevOpsDays Charlotte on February 8, 2019.

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What's Your Exit Strategy? Avoiding "lock in" everywhere

  1. 1. Avoiding “lock in” everywhere Theo Salvo @TheodoreJSalvo 1 What’s your Exit Strategy?
  2. 2. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? Agenda NOT branded NOT (entirely) a history lesson NOT just about technology NOT magic BONUS: recording features a drinking game for every time I say “lock in” ! 2
  3. 3. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? “an arrangement according to which a person or company is obliged to deal only with a specific company” What is “lock in”? 3
  4. 4. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? EXAMPLES 4
  5. 5. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 5
  6. 6. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 6
  7. 7. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 7
  8. 8. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 8
  9. 9. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? A problem has been detected and your printer has been shut down to force you to buy another printer. The problem seems to be caused by the following: SPENT_TOO_MUCH_ON_PRINTER_INK_AND_TONER_EXCEPTION If this is the first time you’ve seen this error, feel lucky. Your grandparents simply buy a new printer every month then call you over to install the new drivers. If problems continue, consider saving trees by not printing...but continue to buy printer ink so we can keep collecting a paycheck. 9
  10. 10. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 10
  11. 11. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? WHAT??!?wait… 11
  12. 12. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? lock in 12
  13. 13. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? is 13
  14. 14. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? everywhere 14
  15. 15. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? Why do companies use “lock in”? Commitment Deals Proof of Concept Technical Debt 15
  16. 16. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? Is there a benefit to me? Simplicity Job Security Static cost Less Learning Curve 16
  17. 17. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? Am I locked in? Can you leave? What happens to YOUR EMPLOYER if you do? What happens to YOU if you do? 17
  18. 18. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? How “locked in” am I? 18 TRUE FALSEOR
  19. 19. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? How “locked in” am I? 19 How “locked in” am I?
  20. 20. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? How “locked in” am I? 20 ?
  21. 21. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? How “locked in” am I? 21
  22. 22. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? Preventing “lock in” Take a note from Dave Ramsey: The power of “no” “That's not good enough” Negotiating isn’t always about salary Shop around 22
  23. 23. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? What to do if you’re locked in Option A: Nothing. Is it a bad thing? Can you spend time on unlocking right now? How much does it cost if you don’t? 23
  24. 24. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? What to do if you’re locked in Option B: Something. Replace the product or service/leave Renegotiate Create an … 24
  25. 25. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? Exit Strategy 25
  26. 26. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? DAY 1 26 (After the Evaluation) When do I start my Exit Strategy?
  27. 27. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 27 Secret template for Exit Strategy This page intentionally left blank
  28. 28. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 28 Constantly update your résumé Architecture Diagrams Rack Diagrams CMDBs Inventories Journal Speaking CV Résumé LinkedIn/GitHub/
 Stack Overflow Personal Website
  29. 29. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 29 Build a Network
  30. 30. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 30 Plan tomorrow’s plan…today What’s your current job? What’s your dream job? How do you get there?
  31. 31. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 31 Plan tomorrow’s plan…today What’s your current job? What’s your dream job? How do you get there? Current State Desired State➤
  32. 32. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 32 Time to go GOOD BAD amazon.jobs
  33. 33. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? 33 Time to go PROS CONS
  34. 34. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? "A goal without a plan is just a wish." –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 34
  35. 35. @TheodoreJSalvoWhat’s your Exit Strategy? THANK YOU 35

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