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.


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 Apartments.com. 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.