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Crazy Convention Season’s Coming To Austin

Sorry we’ve been quiet around here… Too much real work to do!  Besides real work is our vigorous schedule of conference and user group stuff.  James just spoke on Serverless at RSA, and James and I are working on our second lynda.com DevOps course (Infrastructure Automation) to start drilling down from our DevOps Fundamentals course we released late last year.

And conference season is about to break over Austin like a storm.  It’s insane this year.  So many great events in a two month period.

Our Events

We Agile Admins love the tech community and we spend a lot of our free time organizing stuff to help it out!

Of course we’re working hard on preparing DevOpsDays Austin 2017, the sixth year of one of the biggest DevOpsDays events anywhere!   May 4-5.  This year we’re bringing in a real all star set of speakers as our Monsters of DevOps Reunion Tour – including DevOps OGs like Patrick Debois, John Willis, Damon Edwards, Gene Kim, Andrew Shafer, Adrian Cockroft, Jez Humble, Nicole Fosgren… We’re pulling out all the stops this year! We are also again inviting local user groups to come out and participate – you can get a couple free tickets per group and we’re even going to offer to sponsor a meeting for groups that come out.

User group wise, we’ve retooled CloudAustin a little to be more practitioner focused, come check it out.  Also, Peco’s Austin Monitoring Meetup is putting some really good content in.

The Rest Of The Events

Well, at least the ones on my radar personally.

The giant conference that locks up Austin for two weeks – SXSW is almost upon us.  SXSW Interactive is March 10-16.

The biggest new splash in conferences, Dockercon, is coming to Austin April 17-20!  I’ll totally be there.

Serverlessconf is coming to Austin for the first time on April 26-28.

OSCON is coming back to Austin again this year, May 8-11.

Keep Austin Agile is May 25.

Security conference BSides Austin is on the same dates DevOpsDays is, May 4-5. 😦

In terms of user groups, I’ve started to use Austin Tech Events’ Twitter and email newsletter to keep up with them all.

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Here’s my LASCON 2016 presentation on Lean Security, explaining how and why to apply Lean Software principles to information security!

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by | November 4, 2016 · 9:04 am

Three Upcoming DevOps Events You Should Attend

I wanted to mention a couple Austin area events folks should be aware of – and one international one!  November is full of DevOps goodness, so come to some or all of these…

The international one is called All Day DevOps, Tuesday November 15 2016, and is a one long day, AMER and EMEA hours, 3-track, free online conference.  It has all the heavy hitter presenters you’d expect from going to Velocity or a DevOpsDays or whatnot, but streaming free to all.  Sign up and figure out what you want to watch in what slot now!   James, Karthik, and I are curating and hosting the Infrastructure track so, you know, err on that side 🙂  There’s nearly 5000 people signed up already, so it should be lively!

Then there’s CD Summit Austin 2016.  There’s a regional IT conference called Innotech, and devops.com came up with the great idea of running a DevOps event alongside it. It’s Wednesday November 16 (workshops) and Thursday November 17 (conference) in the Austin Convention Center. All four of the Agile Admins will be doing a panel on “The Evolution of Agility” at 11:20 on Thursday so come on out!  It’s cheap, even both days together are like $179.

But before all that – the best little application security convention in Texas (or frankly anywhere for my money) – LASCON is next week!   Tues and Wed Nov 1-2 are workshop days and then Thu-Fri Nov 3-4 are the conference days. I’m doing my Lean Security talk I did at RSA last fall on Friday, and James is speaking on Serverless on Thursday. $299 for the two conference days.

Loads of great stuff for all this month!

 

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Links on Bridging Security and DevOps

If you remember, I (@wickett) said I would be doing more blogging for Signal Sciences in the new year. We still are in January, but I am glad to say that so far so good. Here are a couple highlights from recent posts:

That’s all for now.  Happy Friday everyone!

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DevOps Enterprise Summit Videos Are Up

There’s a crop of great talks from this event, check them out here. If you look really hard you can see my talk too!

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Innotech Austin Continuous Delivery Summit

Last week we had a DevOps track branded “CD Summit” at Innotech Austin, run by devops.com, and the agile admins were there!

I did a presentation about the various DevOps transformations I had a leadership role in at National Instruments and Bazaarvoice:

And James Wickett did a presentation on Application Security Epistemology in a Continuous Delivery World:

Jez Humble also spoke, as well as a batch of other folks including Austinite Boyd Hemphill and “our friend from Chicago” JP Morgenthal.  Once those slides are all posted I’ll pass the link on to you all!

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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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