Achieving DevOps

Achieving DevOps
This is a companion podcast to the book “Achieving DevOps”. Join us as we explore some of the winning methods some enterprises have found to deliver changes faster and more reliably, and the misconceptions and pitfalls that can trip us up.

Interview with Robert Vettor of Microsoft - What Is Cloud Native?
Feb 28 • 35 min
So what does “cloud native” mean exactly - and how does it fit into the DevOps and microservices movement as a whole? We’ve invited Robert Vettor from Microsoft Premier to talk to us for thirty minutes about this architectural framework and what it means…
John-Daniel Trask of Raygun
Nov 15, 2019 • 70 min
We welcome back an old friend to the podcast - John-Daniel Trask of Raygun! We talk about the importance of monitoring and making that connection with the customer experience, and what he’s seen go right - and wrong - in working with companies large and…
Betsy Beyer and Stephen Thorne
Oct 10, 2019 • 55 min
A great interview with Betsy Beyer and Stephen Thorne of Google, coauthors of the incredible “Site Reliability Engineering Workbook”. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, including how Google learns from failures, what toil is and how good…
Gary Gruver
Oct 1, 2019 • 54 min
So thrilled to have Gary as a guest on the Achieving DevOps podcast! Gary Gruver is one of my personal DevOps heroes and is very well known for his landmark books. His writing is powerful and pragmatic - revealing a solid background in the manufacturing…
Michael Stahnke of CircleCI
Sep 25, 2019 • 61 min
Had a great interview recently with Michael Stahnke of CircleCI! Back when I first met him, he was at Puppet – and I loved hearing his perspectives on continuous delivery and configuration management tools. Now he’s on to new things at CircleCI, as…
Tyler Hardison of Redhawk Security
Aug 20, 2019 • 52 min
Had such a great conversation recently with Tyler Hardison, the CTO of Redhawk Security. When I originally reached out to him for an interview in my book, I was primarily interested in what he had to say about DevSecOps and building security into the…
Ryan Comingdeer of Five Talent Software
Aug 12, 2019 • 59 min
I got a chance recently to get reacquainted with a very prominent figure in the Oregon tech industry - Ryan Comingdeer from Five Talents Software, based out of Bend. What he told me about security, how to learn from failure with gamedays, and how…
John Weers of Micron
Aug 9, 2019 • 49 min
A great talk with John Weers of Micron Semiconductors. I think I interviewed about 2 dozen people for the book; John made more impact than anyone else. The Micron story intrigued me because it’s not an “easy get” - fab facilities come with some unique…
Nathen Harvey of Google
Jul 23, 2019 • 55 min
We have a nice little sit-down with Nathen Harvey, formerly of Chef, and now at a little mom-and-pop startup called Google! Nathen is a heckuva guy and has me rolling around a few times; he brings a ton of enthusiasm and experience to the table. Join us…
Humana’s Cloud Migration Story with Jon Cwiak
Jul 22, 2019 • 83 min
About a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting with Jon Cwiak, an enterprise architect at the insurance giant Humana. I love the Humana story and I’ve been watching them overcome obstacles and challenges along the way – they always move upwards and their…
Change Is About Habits - Not Outcomes!
Jul 19, 2019 • 11 min
Sharing some lessons I learned from my local gym, and how to create lasting change by thinking small… tiny even! We pull some great stuff from “The Power of Habit” and the Crossfit craze, and talk about how this can help set you up for success -…
Interview with Abel Wang, Part 3
Jul 8, 2019 • 28 min
We wrap up our 3-part discussion with Abel Wang of Microsoft. Here’s where the rubber hits the road - Abel talks with us about the importance of testing, the power of feature flags (Abel’s a tireless advocate for LaunchDarkly, one of our faves), how…
Interview with Abel Wang, Part 2
Jul 8, 2019 • 32 min
Part 2 of 3. We continue talking with Abel about feature flags and how to handle estimates so quality is never on the chopping block.
Interview with Abel Wang, Part 1!
Jul 8, 2019 • 21 min
Our first 3-part interview! I love the energy Abel brings to the table, and his background as a serious coder makes his advice both pragmatic and spot on. He’s a fantastic speaker as well, if you’ve ever had the chance to catch him at a conference. (Check…
Blameless Postmortems with Jane Miceli
Jun 14, 2019 • 58 min
It’s simply not true that the DevOps “unicorns” out there don’t make mistakes. They simply do a better job of learning from and not repeating them, and this often starts with the art of the blameless postmortem. Join Jane Miceli and I as we bat around…
Exposing Technical Debt Is Step 1
Jun 12, 2019 • 9 min
In the book, Ben’s team makes a single list of the “nonfunctional requirements” and shortcuts they’ve had to make - technical debt - their first step. Why is this important? We’ll talk about Plimsoll lines, the BTE ratio at Microsoft, and why exposing…
Jun 12, 2019 • 0 min
A quick 30-second introduction to the show.