Switched from devrel to product. Helped with Helm 3 launch!!! Traveled less. Dragged Joe to a personal trainer because if he’s going maybe I will too.
Lots of speaking (spoke at 24 conferences in 2019). Moved back to Chicago. Went to lots of devopsdays. Got even more interested in resilience engineering and realized I don’t know shit.
More travel! A lot of customer work, focus on delivering solutions, now moving officially into product. I also got really into shuffleboard and DND
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, focusing on the open source Kubernetes ecosystem. 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.
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.
Matt Stratton is a DevOps 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 in the day, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.
Matt 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. Matt 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 the Chicagoland area 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 phô in the world.
Jessica Kerr is a developer at Atomist, where she works in the domain of software development. She’s obsessed with automation as a way to change-and-learn-about our own work, from delivery to code upkeep. Meanwhile she speaks at conferences about TypeScript, yak shaving, music, and symmathesy.
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.