Devops Road Trip - 2019

May 23, 2019 ยท 4 minute read

In 2016, with the help of my amazing team at VictorOps, we put on the initial DevOps Road Trip - a series of events in several tech hubs around the U.S.

Starting off in Denver, we took our traveling event to Seattle, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York. Each of these free events were held at a unique and memorable venues.

In Denver, we invited attendees to Mile High Stadium (where the Denver Broncos play). In Seattle, it was at the Space Needle. Minneapolis took place in the ballpark where the Minnesota Twins play. San Francisco was held in the downtown Google office. And New York took place on a giant yacht on the Hudson River followed by a cruise out to the Statue of Liberty.

Each single-day event was full of insightful presentations by notable influencers and experts in the devops community. People I’m lucky enough to rely on for expertise as well as to call friends - J. Paul Reed, Courtney Kissler, Bridget Kromhout, Andy Dohmeier, Ken Mugrage, Dave Zwieback, just to name a few.

Topics covered a broad range of devops related issues such as continuous delivery, incident management, chatops, post-incident reviews, value stream mapping, and of course the cultural challenges of adopting devops principles and practices.

This week I’m rebooting the DevOps Road Trip.

As we speak, I’m currently on the road in my camper van somewhere between Jackson, Wyoming and Boise, Idaho.

I’ll be speaking on Thursday, May 30th at DevOpsDays Boise, sharing my ideas around how organizations can empower their users through concepts that Site Reliabilty Engineering has surfaced in recent years.

How can we create systems and services that make our users AMAZING?

That’s what I want to get to the bottom of in this talk.

Following DevOpsDays, I’ll be heading further north to Portland, Oregon to attend this year’s installment of Monitorama - a 3-day conference event in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District.

As you can probably imagine, the event itself focuses heavily on ideas around monitoring, alerting, incident management, post-incident reviews, and similiar topics related to building resilient systems and services.

Each year is not only an awesome opportunity to network with my peers, but also to learn what challenges industry leaders are currently thinking through and working on.

Following Monitorama, I’ll make my way over to the Oregon coast and begin heading south towards San Francisco.

On June 11th, I’ll join up with several other pals on the Microsoft Cloud Advocacy team to present “Create” (a global Microsoft event for Startups). This will be my fourth Create event with the previous taking place in New York, Toronto, and Paris.

Prior to joining Microsoft, I’ve spent my entire career working in startups and small businesses. I absolutely love connecting with that community and sharing my ideas around the importance of incident management and learning from inevitable service disruptions and outages.

Once “Create - San Francisco” has completed, I’ll begin making my way back home for some brief downtime (PTO) before I return to New York for this year’s Q-Con.

This will be my first time speaking at the prestiguous Q-Con (New York) and I’ll be presenting a brand new talk titled “The Trouble With Learning in Complex Systems”.

I hope to see many of you along the way, but if not.. follow along on Twitter and Instagram. I’ll be updating with the #devopsroadtrip tag along the entire 18 day journey. Each day I’m going to share more information about the road trip, as well as some things I’ve been meaning to share with you recently… including my thoughts on the recently completed Microsoft Ignite | The Tour global conference (including interviews with my fellow advocates), DevOpsDays Rockies, and more.

I’m excited to share my own personal #DevOpsRoadtrip with you and a lot of the things I’ve learned over the last 9 months since joining Microsoft.