About the Conf: At Techstrong Con 2023, we’ll share how to build digital resilience into every aspect of your infrastructure to improve application experiences in ways that enable organizations to fully reap the benefits of digital transformation. Discover what the finance, health care, retail and IT industries have learned about digital transformation and how they have reshaped their culture, embraced agility and redefined their business model to achieve a successful transformation. The tracks will focus on digital transformation for the leadership suite, digital transformation for developers, SREs and platform engineers and secure digital transformation.
Talk Abstract Taming Feral DevOps
Feral devops…sounds like an oxymoron right?
Devops describes a culture and philosophy where developers and operators closely collaborate and communicate for more efficient and effective system operations. Feral conjures images of lone wolves and scraggly wild cats leaning on themselves alone to survive. And you’re right it is a contradictory term, but one that describes an organization’s first steps on their devops journey.
The misunderstanding that devops is a tool or team or role has tragically increased the gulf between developers and operators.If you have been unofficially on-call 24/7, toiled away in turmoil, managed initiatives across multiple silos sans project manager with a directive to “influence without authority”…surprise you have lived the contradiction that is feral devops!
The consequences of letting this fester are: burnout, learned helplessness and missing out on the speed that happens when developers and operators communicate openly. Taming feral devops is a journey you can start by gathering feedback on the status quo, iterating on onboarding and training and holistically examining on-call health. Whether you’re an individual contributor, manager or leader you will find ideas to experiment with to “domesticate” devops in your organization.