I spent Tuesday and Wednesday at DevOpsDays Austin and continue to be impressed with the enthusiasm and collaborative nature of the DOD events. We also managed to have a very robust and engaged twitter backchannel thanks to an impressive pace set by Gene Kim!
I’ve still got a 5+ post backlog from the OpenStack summit, but wanted to do a quick post while it’s top of mind.
My takeaways from DevOpsDays Austin:
- DevOpsDays spends a lot of time talking about culture. I’m a huge believer on the importance of culture as the foundation for the type of fundamental changes that we’re making in the IT industry; however, it’s also a sign that we’re still in the minority if we have to talk about culture evangelism.
- Process and DevOps are tightly coupled. It’s very clear that Lean/Agile/Kanban are essential for DevOps success (nice job by Dominica DeGrandis). No one even suggested DevOps+Waterfall as a joke (but Patrick Debois had a picture of a xeroxed butt in his preso which is pretty close).
- Still need more Devs people to show up! My feeling is that we’ve got a lot of operators who are engaging with developers and fewer developers who are engaging with operators (the “opsdev” people).
- Chef Omnibus installer is very compelling. This approach addresses issues with packaging that were created because we did not have configuration management. Now that we have good tooling we separate the concerns between bits, configuration, services and dependencies. This is one thing to watch and something I expect to see in Crowbar.
- The old mantra still holds: If something is hard, do it more often.
- Eli Goldratt’s The Goal is alive again thanks to Gene Kims’s smart new novel, The Phoenix project, about DevOps and IT (I highly recommend both, start with Kim).
- Not DevOps, but 3D printing is awesome. This is clearly a game changing technology; however, it takes some effort to get right. Dell brought a Solidoodle 3D printer to the event to try and print OpenStack & Crowbar logos (watch for this in the future).
I’d be interested in hearing what other people found interesting! Please comment here and let me know.