If you’re asked to support somebody else’s application without any insight to how it was built and what problems it’s trying to solve, you’re likely to experience more than a little stress. The same is true if you’ve toiled away creating the perfect application only to see it deployed in a way that makes it unable to perform.
The combination of stress and burnout is perhaps the biggest health threat in our industry. In fact, recent research has found that burnout—and the related concept of vital exhaustion—increases your risk of cardiovascular disease as much as body mass index, smoking, and lipid levels. Unfortunately there are also well-known stories of burnout-related suicides in our industry, making this literally a life and death issue. If that isn’t reason enough to address the issue, we also know from the State of DevOps survey that the number-one indicator of company success is job satisfaction.
One of the most overlooked advantages of converting to a DevOps culture can be the reduction of stress. Ken Mugrage shares leading research in the area of burnout, discussing some of the more common causes of burnout (as identified by clinical research) and how solid DevOps cultural practices can help alleviate them.
This session is sponsored by ThoughtWorks.
Ken Mugrage is a technology evangelist at ThoughtWorks, where he teaches others how to get better at building, testing, and deploying software. Ken has 25 years of experience in the IT industry, during which he has focused on using technology to increase business effectiveness—particularly with continuous delivery and DevOps—for organizations all over the world, ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies.
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