Containers will not fix your broken culture, and other hard truths
Bridget Kromhout explains why containers will not fix your broken culture. Microservices wont prevent your two-pizza teams from needing to have conversations with one another over that pizza. No amount of industrial-strength job scheduling makes your organization immune to Conways law.
|Talk Title||Containers will not fix your broken culture, and other hard truths|
|Speakers||Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft)|
|Conf Tag||Build resilient systems at scale|
|Location||Santa Clara, California|
|Date||June 21-23, 2016|
Bridget Kromhout explains why containers will not fix your broken culture. Microservices won’t prevent your two-pizza teams from needing to have conversations with one another over that pizza. No amount of industrial-strength job scheduling makes your organization immune to Conway’s law. Does this mean that DevOps has failed? Not in the slightest. It means that while the unscrupulous might try to sell us DevOps, it’s not something we can buy. We have to live it. Change is a choice we make every day by listening empathetically and acting compassionately. Iterative improvement has to start somewhere; let’s talk about it. Tools are essential, but how you implement the tools and grow the culture and practices in your organization needs even more attention. Whether you’re just starting to implement technical and organizational change or facing the prospect that you already have legacy microservices, it’s worth considering the why and the how of your behaviors, not just the what. Making thoughtful decisions about tools and architecture can help. Containers prove to be a useful boundary object, and deconstructing systems to human-scale allows us to comprehend their complexity. We succeed when we share responsibility and have agency—when we move past learned helplessness to active listening. But there is no flowchart, no checklist, no shopping list of ticky boxes that will make everything better. And as The Princess Bride teaches us, “Anyone who says differently is selling something.” Instead, Bridget outlines practical, actionable steps that will help evaluate your progress, know when to course correct, and react when it seems like there’s always something new you should have done last month. Part rant, part DevOps therapy, Bridget’s talk explains in the nerdiest of terms why CAP theorem applies to human interactions too, how oral tradition is like never writing state to disk, and what we can do to avoid sadness as a service.