Making Outages Boring with Danyel Fisher
Danyel Fisher is a principal design researcher at Honeycomb.io, makers of observability tooling for engineering and DevOps teams. Prior to joining Honeycomb in May 2018, Danyel worked as a senior researcher at Microsoft for nearly 14 years, with a focus on data visualization. He holds a masters in computer science from UC Berkeley and a PhD in information and computer science from UC Irvine.
Join Corey and Danyel as they talk about the different kinds of research, what the biggest misunderstanding about Danyel’s job is, how figuring out the root cause of an outage is like a murder mystery, how nobody really knows what digital transformation means, how it’s easy to find issues when you start an observability project but how starting such a project is the hardest part, what Honeycomb means by testing in production and why they encourage teams to do that, the difference between conducting research for a juggernaut like Microsoft and an agile startup like Honeycomb, and more.
Eliminating Security Risks in Kubernetes with Chris Porter
Chris Porter is the director of solutions engineering at StackRox, makers of the industry’s first Kubernetes-native container security platform. Previously, Chris worked as the director of field sales engineers at Bracket Computing, a technical solutions architect and senior manager of systems engineering at Cisco, and a software engineer at VA Software, iBeam Broadcasting, and Silicon Graphics, among other positions. He is also an author and a certified AWS solutions architect and security specialist.
Join Corey and Chris as they talk about bringing security to Kubernetes while touching upon how nobody really manages application security—they just pretend to; why security needs to think the same way as microservices; how a lot of people end up using the container model incorrectly by thinking they’re the same as VMs; what billing and security have in common; why security needs to be baked into the foundation vs. treated as an afterthought; why you should aim for incremental security improvements; what Chris thinks the business value of Kubernetes is; why Chris doesn’t think moving applications to containers automatically makes them more secure, and more.
D’oh! Memeing about DevOps with @SimpsonsOps
Jordan and Richard are the brains behind Simpsons Against DevOps (@SimpsonsOps), a Twitter account that posts hilarious and snarky Simpsons memes catered to the world of DevOps and cloud.
Join Corey, Jordan, and Richard as they talk about the benefits of pseudo-anonymity, the genesis of @SimpsonsOps, what Jordan and Richard’s approach to memeing looks like, the difference between interacting with people and interacting with a meme account, how the deep Simpsons catalog makes memeing easier, why you should avoid engaging with comments from toxic people, why you should apologize for mistakes, how there’s a site called Frinkiac that makes it easy to create Simpsons memes, and more.
DevRel Done Well with Matt Stratton
Matt Stratton is a transformation specialist at Red Hat, where he helps public sector organizations succeed in their digital transformation initiatives. Previously, he worked as a DevOps advocate at PagerDuty, a customer architect at Chef Software, a managing consultant at 10th Magnitude, and an engineer lead at JPMorgan Chase, among other positions. He’s also the host of the Arrested DevOps podcast and the global co-chair of DevOpsDays.
Join Corey and Matt as they talk about Matt’s decision to brand himself as Matt then Matty and now Matt again, how COVID-19 has changed DevRel and conferences in general, what it was like to run DevOpsDays Chicago online this year, why folks can’t just decide to move in-person events to the virtual world and expect great results, why a webinar with a Slack channel isn’t a virtual event, how virtual events are harder for sponsors, why Corey is happy he hasn’t gone to Las Vegas this year, how DevRel done right is a super effective sales strategy, how podcasts are the new medium for conversations with people who otherwise wouldn’t speak to you, the pros and cons of live talks and pre-recorded talks at virtual events, and more.
The Era of Virtual Events with Shelby Spees
Shelby Spees is a developer advocate at Honeycomb.io. She brings five years of software development experience to the position, having worked as a DevOps engineer at true[X], a site reliability engineer at Grindr, and a software engineer at The Aerospace Corporation.
Join Corey and Shelby as they talk about the pros and cons of remote work, why it’s so important to let employees work in whatever way they can be most effective, how everyone thrives in different environments, the downsides of being a superuser on Twitter, how Shelby keeps track of epic Twitter threads, why Corey thinks it’s harder to speak remotely than in a live setting, the pros and cons of the hallway track at conferences, the aspects of virtual events Shelby prefers, and more.
Optimizing for Happiness with Alfonso Cabrera
Alfonso Cabrera is the Director of Platform Engineering at Red Ventures, where he helps manage and optimize the company’s extensive AWS footprint. Previously, he worked as a solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, a DevOps engineer at startups in the Charlotte area, and a systems administrator at NTT America, among other positions. For the last five years, he’s also organized DevOpsDays Charlotte.
Join Corey and Alfonso as they explore Alfonso’s journey with Red Ventures, what exactly it is that Red Ventures does, the crazy writing culture at AWS and why Alfonso believes it’s better than the PowerPoint approach, the merits of principles-based decision-making, how AWS approaches solutions architecture, what it’s like to have your writing reviewed at AWS, the difference between optimizing for prestige and optimizing for happiness in your career, what it’s like to work on the Red Ventures campus, how cloud-native and serverless guide Red Ventures’ approach today, the importance of not blocking engineers’ workflows, and more.
The New Google Cloud with Richard Seroter
Richard Seroter is the director of outbound product management at Google Cloud. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, having worked as a senior director of technical marketing and developer relations at VMware, vice president of product marketing at Pivotal, Inc., and vice president of product at CenturyLink most recently. He also worked at Amgen, Microsoft, and Accenture.
Join Corey and Richard as they talk about what a director of outbound product management does, how it’s hard to find people who are broad and deep across anything in cloud, how many oranges can fit in the state of Utah, how Richard ended up at Google, how Google Cloud has evolved in recent years, why Richard believes the era of Google as an ivory tower is over, how Richard views multi-cloud and why he believes most orgs are multi-cloud, the difference between the kind of relationships companies have with Google and the relationships they have with AWS, and more.
Media as Table Stakes with Peter Cooper
Join Corey and Peter as they talk about what it’s like to grow a newsletter from scratch into something that has tens of thousands of subscribers, how it’s only a matter of time before newsletter subscribership starts to plateau, how Peter balances sponsorship opportunities on his newsletter by giving both the big guys and the small guys a shot, how publishing has always been in Peter’s blood, how The Duckbill Group uses media to essentially make their customer acquisition costs a negative number, Peter’s tips on launching a newsletter, and more.