Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

The cultural shift: Success with microservices

CJ Johnson (GitHub)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: Ballroom G
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • DevOps and infrastructure engineers and architects

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with DevOps

What you'll learn

  • Learn the social management skills necessary to effect success during periods of change


As the popularity of microservices continues to rise, so do the horror stories. How can a company with the best developers and cutting-edge tooling, fail? While there are plenty of resources about how to rearchitect your development process, few mention the social aspects of transitioning to microservices. But overlooking the cultural shift that accompanies an architectural change can topple the best-laid plans.

Drawing on her experience helping customers move from monolithic applications to microservices, CJ Johnson explains how an absence of social management can wreak havoc during a transition and what you can do to avoid these traps, narrowing in on the behaviors, the mindset, and the messaging necessary to effect a cultural shift across an organization. You’ll leave better prepared to avoid common pitfalls.

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CJ Johnson


CJ Johnson is a solutions engineer at GitHub, where she is responsible for helping GitHub Enterprise customers onboard and implement the workflows and tools that let them ship better software. Drawing on her decade of experience in people management, CJ loves coaching customers through the social changes that make their development teams more transparent and productive. If you’re into fermentation, deadlifting, or original Nintendo games, y’all should talk.