Daily Dose of DevOps: 27 People to Follow
Our last DevOps survey revealed that 39.1% of the 4,000+ respondents were engaged in DevOps discussions on Twitter. One-hundred and forty characters may not always be enough to fully capture the nuance of a DevOps conversation (and we certainly don't recommend using it as your only DevOps discussion outlet), but the medium is great for learning short lessons from awesome people, or discovering links to great DevOps content.
We took a look at the folks we follow, and came up with this list of people who spend a good chunk of their Twitter time talking about DevOps culture and practices. It's not a comprehensive list, and we'd love to hear from you about who we're missing in the comments. We're also building an open-ended Twitter list you can follow.
So that said, let's get started with some friends of Puppet Labs with whom we've had the honor of working on projects or hearing from at PuppetConf or Puppet Camps:
@patrickdebois: Patrick Debois is often thought of as the "father of devops": He coined the term in an early blog post. Like many on our list, he's a good indicator of what's genuine in the DevOps hypestorm.
@RealGeneKim: Gene Kim is an IT author and researcher (his books include The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win). He attends (and often livetweets) all the conferences you wish you could.
@jezhumble: Jez Humble is one of the authors of Continuous Delivery. He gave a great keynote at PuppetConf 2013: Stop Hiring DevOps Experts (and Start Growing Them).
@kartar: James Turnbull has written two Puppet books and filled many roles in our organization—heading up services, business development, community, and education at various points during his tenure. He's recently joined the team at Docker, and wrote a great piece for our DevOps December blog series.
@agentdero: R. Tyler Croy is testing-focused, and will call you on your use of DevOps-as-a-Service.
… and the list goes on, with more people we depend on for good perspectives on DevOps:
@monkchips: The co-founder of RedMonk is a developer-focused analyst.
@DEVOPS_BORAT: DevOps Borat: when the only one who truly understands why communication is broken is an oddly specific parody account. (In a similar vein, #FiveWordTechHorrors has been brightening my week.)
@lusis: Like many on this list, John has great commentary on the world of devops and the experience to back it up.
@shanley: DevOps is about the culture, and few people are as plugged into the fast-moving tech culture as Shanley Kane.
Podcasts & Hangouts
Filling that void between 140-character interactions on Twitter and being in the room at DevOpsDays, these longer-form multimedia conversations are a great way to hear more from the community:
DevOps Cafe: Off Twitter, but still in our hearts. One of the longest-running devops podcasts, with a great archive to work through during your commute.
@TheShipShow: The Ship Show is a twice-monthly podcast that can go in unexpected but very relevant directions. Their latest episode discusses how improv skills (comedic, theatrical improv skills) can improve relationships and creativity on teams.
@HangOps: HangOps is delightful, partially because it's stayed pleasantly informal. The show is an open hangout-on-air with the hosts, their guests, and whoever else can join. There's an IRC channel to handle question and conversation overflow. Meeting on Fridays at 11 am PT/2 pm ET, today's episode featured our own Mike Stahnke.
@FoodFightShow: Friendlier than a cage-match-to-the-death, Food Fight Show is "The Podcast where DevOps Engineers do Battle."
… and Five From Puppet Labs
DevOps tweeting happens inside the walls at Puppet Labs, too. Here are five of our colleagues worth your follow:
@stahnma: More than a director of delivery or packaging enthusiast, Mike's past experience in really big companies with really big IT departments has helped him keep a very practical perspective on changing culture within a company. He never forgets about Dre. Check out his whiteboard-heavy talk, DevOps Isn't Just WebOps: The Guerilla's Guide to Cultural Change.
@glarizza: A bit sarcastic, Gary's moved back onto the road and isn't shy about sharing key lessons he's learning by being elbows-deep in a different infrastructure every week.
@nigelkersten: Puppet Labs CTO Nigel Kersten—formerly in desktop ops at Google—is a thoughtful ops genius.
@ryanycoleman: Ryan is the product owner of the Puppet Forge, and he takes his role very seriously. He's keeping an eye on how people are using the tech so he can enable DevOps practices rather than get in the way.
Now that we've started the list, we'd love to see your suggestions in the comments—and add to our more comprehensive list on Twitter.