Build resilient systems at scale
28–30 October 2015 • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We are all DevOps

Ryn Daniels (Etsy)
16:10–16:50 Thursday, 29/10/2015
Location: G104/105
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 53 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Basic understanding of what DevOps is


DevOps originally started as a way of enabling both developers and operations engineers to work better together, but over the five years since its inception it’s become much more than that. The principles of DevOps can be beneficial to everyone involved in software development, not just two teams. This talk will discuss practical ideas for how DevOps principles can be used throughout an organization, and the benefits of spreading operational thinking further than just the Ops (or DevOps) team.

There are some skills that are rather specific to their particular areas of focus – knowing the ins and outs of mobile development, for example, isn’t something that everyone in your organization needs to know. Operational thinking, on the other hand, is something that can benefit many engineering and related teams, even if they aren’t sysadmins or Ops engineers themselves.

This talk will cover:

  • Why operational thinking applies to more than just Ops/DevOps teams
  • Why you should care about Ops (if you aren’t in Ops)
  • How to get other people to care about Ops (if you are a DevOp already)
  • Actionable strategies for bringing DevOps benefits and responsibilities to the rest of your organization
  • Bonus: How you can do this with other things such as security as well!
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Ryn Daniels


Katherine Daniels is a senior operations engineer at Etsy who got her start in programming with TI-80 calculators back when GeoCities was still cool. These days, she has opinions on things like the cloud and DevOps. Before escaping to the world of operations, she spent a few years doing R&D and systems engineering in the corporate world. Katherine lives in Brooklyn with a perfectly reasonable number of cats and in her spare time can often be found rock climbing or handcrafting knitted server koozies for the data center. She is also coauthor of O’Reilly Media’s Effective DevOps.