2017 in Review

Posted on Monday, Jan 8, 2018
Matt, Trevor, Bridget, and Joe discuss 2017.

Show Notes

Matt, Trevor, Bridget, and Joe discuss 2017.

What were some of your favorite episodes?

  • Bridget: the GOTO Chicago eps were fun! And I love the 1-1 fireside chats.
  • Trevor: I enjoyed the Twitter banter around getting the live call show with Dr. Nicole Forsgren going, sad I had to miss it! There’s also a ChefConf episode sitting on my Surface that I just found the charger for!
  • Matt: The Live call in show with Dr. Nicole Forsgren. Also the recent fireside chat with J. Paul Reed. And the crazy-go-nuts overload show of Windows Stuff.
  • Joe: Live eps were easier to edit.

Let’s talk numbers


  • 22K visitors to the website (up from 16K visitors in 2016)
  • Little less than half of traffic comes from search
  • Twitter still accounts for about 6% of all traffic


  • 263,558 listens in 2017 (232,200 listens in 2016; 204,001 listens in 2015)
  • Most listened-to episode in 2017 (and also the most-watched YouTube Video!) was Old Geeks Yell At Cloud With Andrew Clay Shafer & Bryan Cantrill (https://www.arresteddevops.com/yelling-at-cloud/)

What happened with you in 2017?


  • Got a new job (recently). Now DevOps Evangelist with PagerDuty
  • Spoke at DevOpsDays Denver. Went to DevOpsDays Hartford and MSP and Madison.
  • Pulled off an acceptable DevOpsDays Chicago


  • New job in September! Microsoft dev advocate
  • Kept scaling devopsdays up (51 events on 6 continents)
  • Way less conference speaking; was on more conference program committees


  • Wrapped up first year at Chef!
  • Spoke at DevOpsDays Dallas
  • Moved back to Chicago!


  • Iceland!
  • Tesla roadtrip!

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Past year-in-review eps:

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Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton is a HumanOps Advocate at PagerDuty, where he helps dev and ops teams advance the practice of their craft and become more operationally mature. He collaborates with PagerDuty customers and industry thought leaders in the broader DevOps community, and back when he drove, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.

Matty has over 20 years experience in IT operations, ranging from large financial institutions such as JPMorganChase and internet firms, including Apartments.com. He is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and ITSM focused events, including ChefConf, DevOpsDays, Interop, PINK, and others worldwide. Matty is the founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, as well as a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

He lives in San Francisco and has three awesome kids - Henry, Joey, and Sophia, who he loves just a little bit more than he loves Doctor Who. He is currently on a mission to discover the best pho in the world.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Partner Solution Architect focusing on Microsoft at Chef Software, working with Microsoft to ensure that Chef is delighting customers and prospects on Windows and the many parts inside Azure!

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

Joe Laha

Joe Laha

Joe Laha is an event technology professional and devopsdays Minneapolis organizer; he usually edits ADO instead of appearing on it. He enjoys cycling, homebrew, heavy metal guitar, and arguing about sci-fi TV of the 1990s.