Fireside Chat With Grandpa Paul

Posted on Monday, Dec 4, 2017
An episode years in the making! Matt and guest J. Paul Reed talk about what DevOps could be doing better, what is going well, nerdy things about podcasting, and whether 5 Guys is better than In-And-Out Burger.

Show Notes

Matt refers to an episode of “Coupling” on the BBC - the episode was Series 1, Episode 2, “Size Matters” - here’s the quote:

Patrick: Oh, don’t be so piecey.
Howard: Typical lefty puritan..
Sally: Typical what? Come the revolution-.
Patrick: What revolution!? You guys are in power! We’re the revolution now!.
Sally: No. No, it can’t be right…
Patrick: You’re the evil empire..
Sally: No!.
Howard: Yes! Like Star Wars, and Patrick and me are the Rebel Alliance..
Sally: No! You’re not the goodies, we’re the goodies! We’re lefties!! We’re always goodies!.
Patrick: puts glass on his mouth and makes a Darth Vader voice No, Sally. You’re the establishment.

Open CFPs

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J. Paul Reed

J. Paul Reed

J. Paul Reed has over fifteen years experience in the trenches as a build/release engineer, working with such storied companies as VMware, Mozilla, Postbox, Symantec, and Salesforce.

In 2012, he founded Release Engineering Approaches, a consultancy incorporating a host of tools and techniques to help organizations “Simply Ship. Every time.” He’s worked across a number of industries, from financial services to cloud-based infrastructure to health care, with teams ranging from 2 to 2,500 on everything from tooling, operational analysis and improvement, cultural transformation, and business value optimization.

He speaks internationally on release engineering, DevOps, operational complexity, and human factors and is currently a Masters of Science candidate in Human Factors & Systems Safety at Lund University.


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.