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The elephant in the Kubernetes room: Team interactions

Manuel Pais (Independent)
16:4517:25 Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Location: Hall A1
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • CTOs, CIOs, and other leaders, heads of departments, managers, team leaders, and engineers




Kubernetes helps tame sprawling microservices architectures and addresses the increased operational complexity. Kubernetes gives developers abstractions and APIs to deploy and run their services. Yet the elephant in the room is that to run, maintain, and evolve the Kubernetes clusters, we need more ops expertise and most likely a dedicated team.

Manuel Pais addresses this elephant in the room, raising questions such as whether or not the industry is going back to pre-DevOps isolation between dev and ops teams, if the trade-off between better operational tools and introducing a new dependency layer on the path for applications teams to deliver and run their services worthwhile, and if you’re making life easier for application teams or reducing their end-to-end ownership.

Team topologies is a structured approach for thinking about team responsibilities and interactions, which can help you get the most value out of Kubernetes adoption. Manuel draws on research and case studies from the book Team Topologies (Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, IT Revolution Press, 2019) with first-hand consulting experience with organizations around the world.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of how Kubernetes works

What you'll learn

  • Discover the price in terms of the in-house operational expertise required and a learning curve for application teams when implementing Kubernetes
  • Learn to think about adequate team structures and interactions to avoid going back to a dev versus ops mind-set for successful Kubernetes adoption
  • Find out how to apply fundamental team topologies and interaction modes can help guide decisions around infrastructure approach and management
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Manuel Pais


Manuel Pais is an independent DevOps consultant, focused on team design, practices and flow. He helps organizations define and adopt DevOps and continuous delivery (both from technical and human perspectives) via strategic assessments, practical workshops and coaching. Manuel is also coauthor of the book Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow (IT Revolution Press, 2019). He’s also an InfoQ lead editor and answers by @manupaisable on Twitter and Medium.

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