Matty chats with Nicole Forsgren, Wes Novack, a shadowy figure known only as Chris from Qualtics, Jason Vance, and Matthew Barlocker in front of a live studio audience at devopsdays Salt Lake City 2018.
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Dr Nicole Forsgren is an IT impacts expert who is best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She is a consultant, expert, and researcher in knowledge management, IT adoption and impacts, and DevOps. In a previous life, she was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst. She has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been featured in various media outlets and several peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She holds a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting. Dr. Forsgren is the CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA).
Wes is a Senior Systems Engineer at Pluralsight, focused on Sys Ops, Cloud Ops, and DevOps. In partnership with his software craftsmen colleagues, he helps architect, build, and manage a highly complex infrastructure and microservices application ecosystem hosted on the AWS cloud. Wes makes extensive use of Terraform, SaltStack, shell scripting, CloudFormation, the AWS CLI, Octopus Deploy, and other technologies to define infrastructure as code, implement configuration management, drive automation, and enhance processes and systems.
I’m a startup fanatic. Creating businesses, teams, products, and process are where I thrive. My background is in software engineering, so I prefer deep tech companies, like Blue Matador, my software monitoring startup. In my spare time, you’ll find me flying airplanes, playing luckless board games, riding my side-by-side, playing the piano, or learning new skills and languages (sailing & Italian on the shortlist).