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

Burnout in tech

Samantha Quiñones (AOL), Patrick Debois (Jedi), Lorna Mitchell (IBM), Lindsay Holmwood (Australian Government Digital Transformation Office)
13:45–14:25 Thursday, 29/10/2015
Location: G104/105
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 23 ratings)

This solutions-oriented session will discuss factors that contribute to burnout, and discuss some broad measures for early detection of, and recovery from, burnout. A panel of practitioners will discuss these factors in the context of their own experiences and focus on solutions that everyone in the audience can factor into their daily lives and work.

Panelists are still to be announced, and will be added here as they are confirmed.

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Samantha Quiñones


Samantha Quiñones is a polyglot hacker and systems architecture expert. Over the course of her 17-year career, she has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in technology, and she is currently a principal software engineer at AOL. Samantha is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and participated in the White House Data Jam on STEM Workforce Quality, Flow, and Diversity. She has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the top Latin@s in American Media, and is a recipient of the DCFT Powerful Female Programmers Award.

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Patrick Debois


Patrick Debois has made a habit of changing both his consultancy role and the domain that he works in: sometimes as a developer, manager, sysadmin, tester, and even as the customer. If there’s one thing that annoys him, it’s the great divide between all these groups. Patrick presented concepts on Agile infrastructure at Agile 2008 in Toronto and in 2009 organized the first devopsdays. Since then he’s been promoting the notion of DevOps to exchange ideas between these groups and show how they can help each other to achieve better results in business.

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Lorna Mitchell


Lorna Mitchell is a Leeds-based developer advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services. She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant. Lorna is the author of PHP Web Services (O’Reilly), PHP Master (Sitepoint), and Git Workbook (Leanpub) and is regularly published at a number of outlets, including net magazine and her blog,

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Lindsay Holmwood

Australian Government Digital Transformation Office

Lindsay Holmwood is a engineering manager living in the Australian Blue Mountains. Lindsay works at the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Office, building clearer, simpler, faster, more humane public services . A long-time contributor to the open source and DevOps communities, he authored cucumber-nagios, Visage, and Flapjack, and has run the Sydney DevOps meetup the past five years.

Lindsay speaks internationally about both the cultural and technical side of DevOps, covering Just Culture, complexity, cognitive biases, and monitoring tools. He also won third place at the 1996 Sydney Royal Easter Show LEGO building competition.