Last week, I attended my first DevOps event, DOES17, in San Francisco. As a newbie in the DevOps world, I wasn't sure what to expect. I left very impressed by the quality of the talks and the infectious enthusiasm that the attendees bring to the mission of digital transformation at their organizations. Everyone was eager to share stories, including successes and missteps, with a goal of helping others along the way.
The real meat of the conference is the sessions. The focus is on practical, real-world advice, even in the vendor talks. There were too many informative talks to review in this blog, but they are available on line. Here are a few of my favorites from the General Sessions:
More Culture, More Engineering, Less Duct-Tape from the team at CSGi
Better Governance: Banking on Continuous Delivery from Capital One
How Your Systems Keep Running Day After Day from John Allspaw
Rundeck's own Damon Edwards gave a very popular talk, Keeping your DevOps Transformation from Crushing Your Ops Capacity. And the team from American Express gave an honest insiders' look at the DevOps journey of a large enterprise. Keep an eye out for these videos on the DOES YouTube channel.
The Rundeck team was out in full force. We sponsored the Author's Booksigning event at the Industry Party on the first night. Even after a full slate of talks, hundreds of attendees waited patiently to get a copy of the latest works from the DevOps movement's greatest minds. Our author, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, along with Jez Humble and Gene Kim, penned ACCELERATE, The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations. We handed out cool Rundeck T-shirts and tasty Garrett's popcorn to make the wait more enjoyable. DJ Von had everyone bouncing to the beat. The line became a second party where colleagues, customers and new acquaintances mingled and recapped the day.
On Tuesday night, Rundeck hosted a cocktail party at the Cityscape Lounge, 46 floors above SF. The conversations were as intoxicating as the view. Damon and Alex Honor, another co-founder and Rundeck CTO, were able to expand on the topic Operations as a Service that Damon highlighted in his talk.
If you haven't attended a DOES event, I recommend you check out more of the keynotes online and consider attending in either London or San Francisco in 2018. Team Rundeck will definitely see you there. If you're interested in Operations as a Service, check out our complimentary guide.