How to Eff Up Devops

Posted on Monday, Jul 7, 2014
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

VP of Community Development at Chef, helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef platform. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, continuous delivery, and high velocity organizations. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. He is also an occasional farmer who loves eggs and actively supports #hugops.

Randi Harper

Randi Harper

Randi didn’t give us a bio


Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton is a DevOps 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 in the day, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.

Matt has over 20 years of 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. Matt 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 Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Doctor Who. He is currently on a mission to discover the best phở 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.