ShirtOps: How to Make T-shirts for Tech Conferences that People Actually Wear

Over the last 6 years I have helped organize over 10 different conferences (all the LASCON conferences, all the DevOpsDays Austin conferences, AppSec USA 2012, and even a couple for my church) and for most of the events I have been in charge of swag. T-shirts, bags, shot glasses, lanyards, usb keys… You name it, I have swagged it.

From all these conferences I have learned a few things, and specifically I have learned a bit about making t-shirts. T-shirts are a funny thing. Everyone has opinions, however as an organizer you have to learn that most of those opinions are wrong. I have had lots of bad ideas recommended to me by well-meaning organizers and friends: Print the logo big! Put all the sponsors logos on the back (also known as the “the NASCAR special”). Have a big design on the back which I like to call “the restaurant shirt.” Then there is the design someone on the team knocked out with MS Paint.

Everyone has good intentions, but as the one in charge of making the shirt you have to lead them through the process. Show the team what good actually means. In this presentation I highlight the last several years of DevOpsDays Austin t-shirts and walk you through the process of how to make t-shirts people want to wear after the event is over.

Links from the presentation:

If you have any other tips, add to the comments and/or tweet with #shirtops.

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Monitoring Survey

James Turnbull (@kartar) has this year’s monitoring survey up, so am reposting his call for participants…

TL;DR – Please take the 2015 Monitoring Survey at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/monitoringsurvey2015.

Last year I ran a monitoring survey, whose data I also reviewed as a
series of posts on [my] blog
(http://kartar.net/2014/11/monitoring-survey—background/). I was
interested in running the survey because I think we’re seeing the
beginnings of a significant change in the maturity of the monitoring
landscape and I’d like to track that change.

I’ve decided to make the survey a yearly event and am coinciding the
launch of this year’s survey with Monitorama in Portland.

The survey takes about 5 minutes to fill out and the results will again
be presented on this blog, in some conference talks and made available
as Creative Commons licensed data. The survey is totally anonymous and
the data won’t be used for any commercial purposes.

You can find the survey here –
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/monitoringsurvey2015.

In related news, if you can’t be at Monitorama try to watch along at http://monitorama.com/#watch!

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Agile Austin DevOps SIG June Meeting – Change Patterns

aalogoAgile Austin has a DevOps SIG that meets monthly over lunch at BancVue, and I help Dan Zentgraf out with it. This month’s meeting is on Wednesday June 24 and is called:

Change Patterns – Don’t Get Mowed Down with the Grassroots

Come on out!  RSVP on Eventbrite; lunch is provided.

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CloudAustin June Meeting – Best Practices for Scalability

The Agile Admins also organize the CloudAustin user group, and we wanted to let everyone know about our upcoming June meeting. It’s 6-8 PM on Tuesday June 16 at Rackspace. RSVP on the meetup page!

Talk: Best Practices for Scalability (Scale to more than a Billion hits/day)

In this talk Chander Dhall will share his real-world experiences in scaling web apps, and some key insights and best practices. You’ll learn how to architect and develop applications on any Web stack so that they are easy to scale. If time permits Chander will go deep into performance too.

Chander is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider, Web API Advisor, INETA speaker and open source contributor, with years of experience in enterprise software development. He started coding when he was 6, and created his first successful software product at the age of 14. He is the dev chair of DevConnections, and he works in a goal-oriented, technologically-driven, fast-paced Agile (SCRUM) environment. He has a master’s degree in computer science with speciacialization in algorithms, principles and patterns, and is focused on building high-performing modular software. Chander leads the HTML5/Node.js group in Los Angeles and the .NET user group at UTDallas, co-organizes Angularjs meetup in Austin and has spoken at numerous conferences and code camps all over the world. http://chanderdhall.com/, Twitter @csdhall

Sponsor: Box.com

Come on out!  And if you want to speak or sponsor in the future, just email austin-cug-admin@googlegroups.com.

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Pragmatic Security and Rugged DevOps

Turns out James (@wickett) is too shy to pimp his own stuff properly here on The Agile Admin, so I’ll do it!

As you may know James is one of the core guys behind the open source tool Gauntlt that helps you add security testing to your CI/CD pipeline.  He just gave this presentation yesterday at Austin DevOps, and it was originally a workshop at SXSW Interactive, which is certainly the big leagues.  It’s got a huge number of slides, but also has a lab where you can download Docker containers with Gauntlt and test apps installed and learn how to use it.

277 pages, 8 labs – set aside some time! Once you’re done you’re doing thorough security testing using a bunch of tools on every code deploy.

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Devops State of the Union 2015

James, Karthik, and Ernest did a Webcast on Devops State of the Union 2015 talk for the BrightTalk Cloud Summit. It went well!  We had 187 attendees on the live feed. In this blog post we’ll add resources discussed during the talk and we will seed the comments below with all the questions we received during the webcast and answer them here – you’re all welcome to join in the discussion.

The talk was intended to be an overview of DevOps, with a bunch of blurbs on current and developing trends in DevOps – we don’t go super deep into any one of them (this was only 40 minutes long!). If you didn’t understand something, we’ve added resource links (we got some questions like “what is a container” and “what is a 12-factor app,” we didn’t have time to go into that in great detail so check some of the links below for more.

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Resources:

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Agile Admin Webcast on The State of DevOps

Tomorrow (Tuesday June 9), James, Karthik and I will be doing a DevOps State of the Union webcast live on BrightTALK, at 1 PM Central time. We’ll be taking questions and everything! You can watch it here: DevOps State of the Union 2015.

A hint on topics we might cover:

  • Containers
  • Security
  • ChatOps
  • IoT
  • Microservices
  • Donkeys

And more! Come and join us.

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