4–7 Nov 2019
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Helping your dev teams succeed at ops, post-Kubernetes

14:2015:00 Thursday, 7 November 2019
Location: Hall A4

Who is this presentation for?

  • Ops engineers and managers who have moved or are moving toward a Kubernetes or microservice architecture




Through its abstractions, Kubernetes allows the configuration of elements that would traditionally be the concern of the operations team to be defined by service owners. This is one of the most powerful ways in which Kubernetes promotes the DevOps principle of ownership.

But the ability to “do” differs from the ability to “do well.” Michael Hobbs takes a deep dive into how you can ensure your teams are set up for success and making sound decisions within this aspect of service ownership.

MOO has been running Kubernetes in production for over a year, and it’s still on this journey. Michael explains the things the company has done well, the things it hasn’t done so well, and the things it thinks will make a difference in the future. You’ll look at techniques and approaches to impart “ops wisdom” on to your cross-functional development teams, how to use data to guide you in making your choices, and also some things to avoid.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the ops space and the concerns that are typically managed there

What you'll learn

  • Hear real-life experiences and lessons about shifting responsibility for traditional ops concerns (e.g., redundancy, resourcing, monitoring, and alerting) to service owners
  • Learn how simple standards in metrics data can help provide dashboards and visualizations to inform choice around alerting and how the federation of ops engineers into development teams can help and how it can hinder
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Michael Hobbs


Mike Hobbs is a senior ops engineer at MOO and is a seasoned Linux ops engineer with nearly 20 years experience in this field. Having worked in small companies and large enterprises alike, Mike has seen many patterns emerge and repeat over the years and feels it’s about time he shared some of these experiences with a wider audience. He has a particular passion for the DevOps culture, feeling that the unification of disciplines within technology has the potential to deliver great benefits to business and higher job satisfaction for those working within it. Supporting data-driven decision making and all things monitoring, metrics, and observability are the areas in which Mike currently favors most.

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