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Design Reviews for Operations

Mandi Walls (Chef)
Location: 211 Level: Intermediate
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(3.32, 25 ratings)
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Design reviews are the foundation for a successful product or feature launch. In this session we will broach a few of the critical questions Operations asks during the design review process to ensure the design and deployment will result in a sustainable system. We will cover real world examples of the pitfalls of not engaging the operations/infrastructure team early in the process.

We’ll also discuss tactics for improving your design review lifecycle, maintaining checklists, and deciding which system characteristics belong in your organization’s baseline standards.

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Mandi Walls


Mandi Walls is Technical Practice Manager at Chef. For Chef, she travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management and modernizing IT practices. Prior to joining Chef, she ran large web properties for AOL, including, and Moviefone. Mandi has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from GWU and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler. She is a regular speaker at technical conferences and is the author of “Building a DevOps Culture”, published by O’Reilly.