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New Relic, 5th floor
111 Southwest 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

If you have issues finding the group, text Spencer at 619-980-7820.



Join us for the July meeting of PdxDevOps.

JobOps: Landing the Right DevOps Role for You

The types of DevOps teams and the work found within them are as diverse as the varying definitions of "DevOps" itself. This presents a tricky two-way challenge for both candidates and hiring managers. In this talk, you'll gain insight into what DevOps hiring managers are hoping to understand when they read your resume and cover letter, how to paint a clear picture of your experience and skillset throughout the interview process, and just as importantly--how to discern the unique DevOps flavor of the team you're applying for, to determine if it's truly a good fit for you, too.

Kate Taggart has managed a variety of engineering teams spanning the breadth of the dev-to-ops spectrum. Currently an engineering manager at HashiCorp, Kate has also previously managed teams at New Relic and Simple. When it comes to organizational hiring practices, Kate is a vocal advocate for increased transparency, quantitative metrics, and continual self-reflection and improvement.

Tools Don't Matter

Have you ever watched a super inspiring conference talk about some uber tool that was going to solve all of your problems? Have you ever tried to apply those tools/techniques to your environment only to run into a million corner cases and ultimately, failure? Do words like "enterprise", "compliance", and "legacy" stand between you and all that stuff those talks made look so easy?

In "Tools Don't Matter", we're going to get to the root cause of "these tools can never work for my use cases" syndrome. The goal is to equip you with a skill set to evaluate and apply whatever tools and process successfully in your organization (yes, even "legacy" environments). Our case study is an organization that went from ~1 feature release a year in Q1, to >100 feature releases in Q4 of the same year, all while keeping an almost identical tool chain.

Mark is an R&D engineer for the Curse MCN team @ Twitch/Amazon. Prior to Twitch, he worked in SRE roles at Hightail, Blizzard Entertainment, and Dell.

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. The group welcomes participants interested in any related products, technologies and methodologies. The group has been meeting regularly since August 2010 for presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. Every month 15-35 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for devops โ€“ join us!