How to Eff Up Devops

How to Eff Up Devops (ADO14)

DevOps ‘Thought Leaders’ Pete Cheslock, Nathen Harvey, and Randi Harper help us understand all the things you can do wrong when ‘doing the DevOps’.

Show Notes


  • What are some common misconceptions about what DevOps is?
  • What are some symptoms of "DevOps Smell"[1]?
  • Development Operations vs Dev + Ops
  • Is it really just about culture?
  • Can the opinions of a tool help drive the culture? This is a theory Matt is marinating upon, and might be totally wrong.
  • How can we avoid the "echo chamber" of DevOps discussion?




Remap your CAPS LOCK key as Ctrl key. Also new Supermarket site for Chef -


Anything BUT Jenkins.


A little bit of Hodor and the Google Now voice thing.


Sunrise calendar for iOS and OS X.

Pete Cheslock

Pete Cheslock

Pete is currently the head of Operations and Support for Threat Stack, a continuous security monitoring company. Pete is a 15 year veteran of the technology industry and sees Threat Stack solving a critical problem around continuous security monitoring with dynamic, cloud based infrastructure. Previously, he built out the automation and release engineering teams at Dyn, managing and deploying mission critical global DNS infrastructure. Prior to Dyn, Pete was the Director of Technical Operations for Amazon-Backed cloud archiving company Sonian, where he developed and managed a Petabyte scale archiving application across multiple public clouds.

Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey is Community Director at Chef where he helps people create delightful experiences with web-scale IT. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for a number of years. He participates in many different meetup groups and organizes the DevOpsDC Meetup Group. When not working or discussing the latest ideas in IT Operations, Nathen enjoys going to closed-loop farms, drinking craft beer, and over sharing on sites like twitter, untappd, and foursquare.

Randi Harper

Randi Harper

Randi didn’t give us a bio