Creating DevOps Communities and Events With Andy Burgin, Dustin Collins, and Nathen Harvey

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015
Andy Burgin, Dustin Collins, and Nathen Harvey join Matt and Trevor to talk about what it takes to create DevOps events, Meetups, and communities.

Show Notes

Matt spends the entire episode claiming that Nathen was famous for being on ADO11, when in fact it was ADO14.

Check Outs


  • If you’re at a big conf, find the locals and do a mini meetup onsite
  • DevOpsDays Podcast
  • Public post mortems




  • Agents of Shield Season 3
  • Surface Book, Nexus 6P <3 gadgets



Andy Burgin

Andy Burgin

Andy has worked in the “digital” industry in Leeds since 1994, he has a range of skills from development, infrastructure, operations and project management. Andy is the founder of the LeedsDevops group which been running for 2 years and is attracting large crowds and speakers from a range of local and national devops players. He’s recently presented an ignite at DevopsDays Paris on running a Devops meetup group.

Dustin Collins

Dustin Collins

Dustin is a developer that saw the light. As organizer for the Boston DevOps meetup, he is most interested in helping technical people level up and have a bigger voice in their organizations. By day, Dustin is the developer advocate for Conjur, a security startup.


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 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.