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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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!
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:
What security experts need to know about DevOps and continuous delivery < This post made it on DevOps Weekly (which of course you should subscribe to) which is awesome! The article takes a few topics and breaks them down for what they mean to InfoSec. Unfortunately to many security people, devops is still Ops 2.0 and is mainly about chef/puppet or that systemic madness called Continuous Delivery. This article attempts to show how security can fit in the new world of devops.
Security Visibility: If You Can’t See ’Em, You Won’t Stop ‘Em! by @txs breaks down the three questions that should keep you up at night if you care about security. This article lays the groundwork of bridging devops and security by focusing on three pragmatic questions. This is a must read.
- Rugged Software Engineering video with Nick Galbreath at GOTO London is a recording of Nick’s excellent talk at GOTO London. The GOTO London videos just got uploaded a few weeks back so they are fresh off the presses and ready for your viewing pleasure. I think this talk along with Dan North’s talk on the history of Agile were the highlights of the conference. I will be adding in more links and talks from the conference over the coming weeks and even the one yours truly did.
That’s all for now. Happy Friday everyone!
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!
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!
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.
Here’s a DevOps 101 presentation based on the definition of DevOps here at The Agile Admin I’m delivering at Innotech San Antonio tomorrow as part of a devops.com attempt to spread DevOps learning to IT and the enterprise. (You probably want to go view it on slideshare.com so you can read the notes, too…)