Velocity Culture: Web Operations, DevOps, etc…

Velocity conference 2010Velocity 2010 is happening on June 22-24 (right around the corner!). This year we’ve added third track, Velocity Culture, dedicated to exploring what we’ve learned about how great teams and organizations work together to succeed at scale.

Web Operations, or WebOps, is what many of us have been calling these ideas for years. Recently the term “DevOps” has become a kind of rallying cry that is resonating with many, along with variations on Agile Operations. No matter what you call it, our experiences over the past decade taught us that Culture matters more than any tool or technology in building, adapting, and scaling the web.

Here is a small sample of the upcoming Velocity Culture sessions:

Ops Meta-Metrics: The Currency You Use to Pay For Change

Presenter: John Allspaw (Etsy.com)

Change to production environments can cause a good deal of stress and strain amongst development and operations teams. More and more organizations are seeing benefits from deploying small code changes more frequently, for stability and productivity reasons. But how can you figure out how much change is appropriate for your application or your culture?

A Day in the Life of Facebook Operations

Presenter:
Tom Cook (Facebook)

Facebook’s Technical Operations team has to balance this need for constant availability with a fast-moving and experimental engineering culture. We release code every day. Additionally, we are supporting exponential user growth while still managing an exceptionally high radio of users per employee within engineering and operations.

This talk will go into how Facebook is “run” day-to-day with particular focus on actual tools in use (configuration management systems, monitoring, automation, etc), how we detect anomalies and respond to them, and the processes we use internally for rapidly pushing out changes while still keeping a handle on site stability.

Change Management: A Scientific Classification

Presenter: Andrew Shafer (Cloudscaling)

Change management is the combination of process and tools by which changes are made to production systems. Approaches range from cowboy style, making changes to the live site, to complex rituals with secret incantations, coming full circle to continuous deployment. This presentation will highlight milestone practices along this spectrum, establishing a matrix for evaluating deployment process.


There is a tremendous amount happing in our space in the coming weeks in addition to the conference itself. First, the “Web Operations” book that John Allspaw and I edited goes to print on June 15th. We’re really excited about how it came together. Then, immediately after Velocity is DevOpsDays, which is a great community event that continues the conversation after Velocity (and is free). Hope to see you all there!

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