About the speaker

Michael Stahnke is director of engineering at Puppet. He's held a few roles and been a part of the company growing from 35 to 520+ employees. While staying near the domains of release engineering, operations, and community, he’s been in leadership for most of the last decade. His interests are building teams, mentoring team members, driving change with customers, and playing with his son. He came to Puppet from Caterpillar, Inc. where he was an infrastructure architect, infrastructure team lead, and open source evangelist. Michael also helped get the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository launched in 2005, authored Pro OpenSSH (Apress, 2005), and writes with some frequency about technology and computers. He's @stahnma on Twitter and Medium.

Session information: Speaker
San Francisco 2018

Scaling DevOps Success Before Cynicism Takes Over

You’re winning with DevOps, now what? For the last decade we’ve seen case studies on high-performing teams who’ve implemented DevOps practices. How does this scale beyond the team? How do we influence skeptics? Let’s look at scaling out success when the point of reference is larger than the team. Success using DevOps practices has been unevenly distributed. Some teams claim success while their colleagues and peers struggle with basic technology delivery. For the organization as a whole, continuing to improve optimized areas results only in local gains. The true promise of DevOps was to globally optimize technology delivery. How do you scale? How do you influence others teams, or a whole department? How do you overcome blockers that were originally seen as beyond your scope of control? This discussion will walk through scaling DevOps practices beyond the team or small number of teams by upleveling the discussion to focus on department or org-level patterns. This scaling will cover grass-roots expansion of success, the trade-offs of a top-down mandate, and forcing functions to steer multiple groups of people on their aligned goals. There are still metrics to use when looking at DevOps from a larger perspective, and those are covered as well.