For my work I also speak at Conferences somewhat regularly. I currently have the following abstracts for talks I’m available to give.

  • Site Reliability Engineering: A Game-Changer for DevOps
    The Site Reliability Engineering role, although in existence now for over fifteen years, has rapidly evolved and become a hot topic for organizations in the midst of DevOps transformations. The SRE role offers a relevant and engaging way of working with operations teams that are not accelerating on pace with development that DevOps has missed in the past. In this talk, we will discuss how the critical capabilities developed for Site Reliability Engineering can change the game for DevOps.

    Specific topics we will explore include:

    • Reliability, SLAs, and error budgets
    • What is “observability” and how does it relate to value delivery?
    • How Release Management & Release Engineering in particular are being disrupted
    • What is “toil” and how can it be avoided?
    • A better way to do Post-Mortems

    Beyond focusing on the state of the art today, we will also take a look ahead at a vision where development and operations teams use SRE principles to truly deliver on the integrative promise of DevOps.

  • Continuous Compliance – How SREs can Reduce Audit Risk
    DevOps is bringing change to organizations at an incredible pace, allowing even large enterprises to keep up with nimbler, smaller competitors. This fast pace of change, however, brings with it a number of governance challenges that have historically been difficult to embed in the software delivery process. In this talk that is targeted at both Site Reliability Engineers (SREs) and compliance managers, we will explore how the rising role of the SRE brings a new more operational-focused perspective to DevOps that can help address the risk of improper governance.

    We will begin with a brief introduction to the SRE role and how it relates to DevOps, then explore real-world use cases of how SREs can help provide transparency, implement separation of duties, automate security/risk scans, support traceable chain of custody in the delivery pipeline, and much more.