Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Helm 3: Navigating to distant shores

Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft), Jessica Deen (Microsoft)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Next Architecture
Location: D135/136
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • DevOps, SREs, ops, and software engineers




Adjusting your spyglass and looking out over the water, you can see how useful a package manager like Helm is. Perhaps you’ve used it to manage the fractal complexity of packages on your Kubernetes clusters (without losing track of versions stashed in the hold). But Helm 3 is rumored to be different, and you’re ready to get started on this exciting voyage—as soon as you have some idea of what’s port and what’s starboard.

Bridget Kromhout and Jessica Deen answer questions like, When do I use Go templates versus Lua?; How do I move my production Helm 2 installation to Helm 3 seamlessly?; What do I use now instead of Tiller?; and more. In this demo-fueled exploration, Bridget and Jessica take you through differences from the Helm of yore, tips for a successful rollout or upgrade, and opportunities to shape the project’s future. The cloud native waters can be choppy, but a technical deep dive powered by open source tooling will steer you right.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of cloud and containers
  • Familiarity with Kubernetes (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Understand how Helm helps you operate its software on Kubernetes in production
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Bridget Kromhout


Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, focusing on the open source Kubernetes ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if the cloud can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, Bridget traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the Devopsdays organization globally and the DevOps community at home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at Bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

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Jessica Deen


Jessica Deen is a senior cloud advocate for Microsoft focusing on Azure, containers, OSS, and, of course, DevOps. Previously, she spent over a decade as an IT consultant/systems administrator for various corporate and enterprise environments, catering to end users and IT professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica holds two Microsoft certifications (MCP, MSTS), three CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, and Security+), and four Apple certifications and is a former four-year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows and Devices for IT. In 2013, she earned her FEMA certification from the US Department of Homeland Security, which recognizes her leadership and influence abilities during times of crisis and emergency; in 2015, she received her POST Level 2 certificate, which made her eligible to apply to serve as a reserve Level 2 Peace Officer in the state of California—the certification expired in 2018 when she chose to focus on her engineering and advocacy career with Microsoft for the time. When she’s not doing something geeky, you can find her doing something active, most likely running out of breath at her local CrossFit gym. She also enjoys biking (motorcycles and/or bicycles), shooting, eating, reading, and hanging with her six-year-old rescue pup.