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Monday, July 25 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Making Infrastructure as Awesome as Agile Software (Markus Silpala) POPULAR

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Abstract:
Awesome agile development teams have known for years what TDD and collaboration can do for their performance and their quality of life. The DevOps movement and its tooling can bring that to infrastructure teams as well.

I have observed an interesting pattern on several recent software teams that strove to adopt infrastructure automation: after a brief honeymoon period, ~90% of the developers came to dislike much of the tooling around infrastructure deployment and the activities around managing it. They wanted to offload that work to a different team so that they wouldn’t have to deal with it at all—in effect, requesting a new silo to separate themselves from a class of work and responsibility(!).
At first I was surprised. Why this distaste for tools and practices that actually gave them greater feedback on and influence over the runtime quality of their apps? It turns out—unsurprisingly—that there are some serious differences between the state of the art in app-level tooling and the much less mature world of infrastructure tooling.
As I recognized the pattern I also wondered: how do we overcome this, so that teams can take their next steps towards that greater achievement? This session aims to help.
In this interactive talk, I will share my own experiences, observations, and insights as well as inviting audience members to share theirs. Attendees should walk away with a stronger understanding of some of the particular challenges of developing infrastructure, and with an assortment on tips for how to deal with those challenges—both in tooling and in technique.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Developers without deployment automation experience will get an idea of where to begin learning, and some pointers on how to (and not to) do it.
  • Developers who have had a bad experience will get ideas on how to make it better.
  • Managers or other technical folks will get an overview-level understanding of what might be involved if they embark down the DevOps path, and how the journey might affect their developers and other technicians.
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Markus Silpala

Silpala Software
Markus Silpala has been riding the Agile train since about 2004, serving as developer, then coach, and since then generally some blend of the two. He has a great passion for building great software, for building great software teams, and for continuously iterating on the steady improvement of both. | | In addition to enjoying his work, his family and his cats, Markus also delights in occupying crossroads—whether between dev and ops... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
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