Hiring in a Post-DevOps World

Posted on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
At DevOpsDays Ghent in 2014, it was joked that we are living in a ‘post-DevOps world’. What are the challenges in hiring for DevOps related jobs? We be talked with panelists on all sides of the table - recruiting, hiring, and also just some rabble-rousing about why you should stop looking for ‘ninjas’ and ‘rockstars’. Digital Ocean’s Jill Jubinski, Datadog’s Mike Fiedler, and rabble-rouser Josh Hertz joined Matt and Trevor to weigh in on a this complicated topic.

Show Notes





  • I’m officially the SysAdmin for Caustic Soda, which is a podcast about horrible things. It’s like Mythbuster for all that is gross and horrible. Now that I think about it, I can’t recommend it.
  • Influxdb is an open-source, distributed, time series database with no external dependencies. Currently in Alpha (v0.8.8) it's going through a major refactor, the "production ready" version v0.9.0 is due out this month. The ease of installation and setup is what sold me on it. I think it has a lot of potential, so we'll see how v0.9.0 looks when it's released.
  • The Bruery:  Briefly mentioned. Small batch, high quality beers out of Placentia, Ca. Their barrel aged and sour beers are outstanding. I recommend Loakal Red as the gateway beer for those that like IPAs.





Mike Fiedler

Mike Fiedler

Mike is a long-time systems engineer, building a variety of platforms with all technologies. Currently the Director of Technical Operations at Datadog, he focuses on delivering scalable platforms with short turnaround times via automation. He is the Chief Editor of Ops School, and contributes to Chef, maintains cookbooks, and many other open source projects. Sometimes he writes a few of his own. He’s spoken at Velocity, DevOpsDays, ChefConf and AWS re:Invent, amongst others.

Jill Jubinski

Jill Jubinski

I’ve been in the tech recruiting game for about 4 years. I got my start recruiting linux sys admins at Rackspace and started slowly creeping up the chain to Linux Sys Engineers (the DevOps of RAX) and Developers. 4 months ago I made a huge move to DigitalOcean to build their recruiting department from the ground up. So I get to run things however I want, muahahhahaha. I like twitter, A LOT, and my dog Noodle. :-)

Josh Hertz

Josh Hertz

Josh Hertz has over 10 years experience working on Operations Teams ranging in size from startups to enterprises. When he’s not rabblerousing he’s doing “the DevOps” in the great Los Angeles area. He is uncomfortably enthusiastic about craft beer and technology.


Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton is a Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi and the global chair of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke. Matt is the keeper of the Thought Leaderboard for the DevOps Party Games online game show and you can find him on Twitter at @mattstratton.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

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.