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DevOpsDays Berlin 2018 Recap

von | Sep 13, 2018 | DevOps, Events, Development, Engineering

The sixth iteration of DevOpsDays Berlin is almost over and we would like to give you a little recap of what was offered.
This years conference was divided into two parts. The first half of both days focused on the single track talks and the second half was dedicated to Open Spaces and workshops.
We’ll only go over the 8 main talks that where presented on the single track stage, because we could not visit all the Open Spaces and workshops.

Day 1

Peter Chestna – Full Spectrum Engineering – The new Full Stack for 
Developers need to adapt – was the core idea of Peters talk. He explained how the typical software dev of the past has to evolve into a specialist in full spectrum development. Now a developer must become fluent in software testing, deployment, telemetry and even security. We have to adapt both in mind- and skillset in order to improve in our ever changing IT world.
Jessica Ulyate – Platform: How to Product?
The keyword in this talk was: product management (in DevOps).
She described in which ways to structure the communication flow between the developers and the stakeholders to efficiently get to a successful product.
Philip Smyth – Shifting ownership of code quality to developers
In short he talked about how developers should do more QA; and QA should get more into development and how his company basically merged those two departments. He described how this practice improves the workflows and makes working towards a product more efficient and focused.
Subhas Dandapani – DevOps as a Contract
Subhas talked about different areas in infrastructure and how they tried to remodelled everything into contracts. He showed us some approaches his company tried out, how they improved and where they are still struggling.
Ignite talks:

Day 2

Dirk Lehmann – Trust as foundation of DevOps
The one of the most important things when it comes to working together is – trust, according to Dirk Lehmann. In his talk he explained the principles you should strive for when working together in an organisation, be it big or small – in one location or spread over the globe.
Yuwei Ren – Mentorship: From the receiving end
In her talk she elaborated how to improve mentorship – both from the sides of the mentor and the mentee. She took us on her journey from starting university, over several internships to becoming a professional developer. The focus was on what she did, could have done better and what her advice would be for the mentors.
Ken Mugrage – Want to successfully adopt DevOps? Change Everything.
It’s usually not enough to rename a team, you should also think about restructuring the organisation itself. He stressed the different definitions of DevOps and the variety of approaches – in order to make us, the audience, think about how we could improve our systems.
Tiago Pascoal – Don’t make the same mistakes we made in our Devops journey
Tiago gave us brief overview over the past developments in DevOps culture at Microsoft Azure. He highlighted the pros and cons of the approaches Microsoft tried out, including: team structure, balance of alignment and automation, CI/CD, development cycles and many more.
Ignites of the day:

As always, DevOpsDays Berlin was an awesome event with very informative talks and a meet-up of wonderful people with the same mindset.
We hope everyone who was here with us enjoyed it as much as we did and would be happy to see the community again next year.
If you want to be part of this community, feel free to join us in 2019!
For more information on the event visit the DevOpsDays Berlin homepage.
Written in collaboration with Noah Hilverling 🙂

Feu Mourek
Feu Mourek
Developer Advocate

Feu verbrachte seine Kindheit im schönen Steigerwald, bevor es sich aufmachte die Welt zu Erkunden. Seit September 2016 unterstützt es Icinga zunächst als Developer und seit 2020 als Developer Advocate, und NETWAYS als Git und GitLab Trainer. Seine Freizeit verbringt es hauptsächlich damit Video-, und Pen and Paper Rollenspiele zu spielen, sich Häuser zu designen (die es sich nie leisten können wird) oder ganz lässig mit seinem Cabrio durch die Gegend zu düsen.

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