DevOps in the Windy City With Jeff Smith, Jerry Cattell, and Sameer Doshi

Posted on Monday, Oct 24, 2016
There are some interesting things going on in DevOps in Chicago! Matt is joined by Jeff Smith (GrubHub), Jerry Cattell (LifeQode), and Sameer Doshi (kCura), for a panel discussion on just what makes tech and DevOps different in Chicago. Plus, special updates on the Cubs/Dodgers game. Yay sportsball!

Show Notes

  • ADO episode at devopsdays Chicago 2014 with J. Paul Reed
  • Jerry started his career swapping out computers for Y2K in tropical locations. Nice job to have!
  • Most sportsball talk on any episode of ADO to date!
  • “You may not be able to move as fast as others, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit still” - Jeff
  • Conversations Matt has had with local folks in the past two years have changed from “this will never work at my company” to “ this is really hard, and we aren’t moving as fast as I would like us to be”
  • 1871 - Chicago incubator
  • Chicago DevOps Meetup
  • 2016 Chicago Tech Madness Bracket

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Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith has been in the technology field for over 15 years, oscillating between manager and individual contributor. He currently serves as the Manager of Production Operations at Centro and previously served as the Manager of Site Reliability Engineering at Grubhub. Jeff enjoys discussing the psychological aspect of problems in organizations. Jeff is also one of the co-founders of the Chicago Nerd Social Club. He occasionally musters up the strength to write on his All Things Dork blog.

Jerry Cattell

Jerry Cattell

Jerry Cattell is the VP of Engineering for LifeQode, a co-founder of ShiftGen, and occasional Senior Site Reliability Engineer for Yardi Systems. In his spare time, Jerry is a co-organizer of the DevOps Chicago meetup group and DevOpsDays Chicago. Jerry has over 17 years experience as a developer, sysadmin, DBA, and systems architect.

Sameer Doshi

Sameer Doshi

Sameer is a DevOps Architect at kCura, where he manages DevOps team, responsible for maintaining software development tools, automation, and culture. His work enables a small team of engineers to manage a large code base across a distributed source control system and rapidly spin up complex server environments for a growing development team. Sameer graduated from Boston University with a degree in biomedical engineering. He joined kCura in 2014.


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.