DevOps Leadership Series: Women and Diversity

Diversity in DevOps - Helen Beal, Jennifer Davis, James Meickle

Diversity in DevOps - Helen Beal, Jennifer Davis, James MeickleMany of the leading minds and practitioners in the DevOps movement are women.  I hope that comes as no surprise to you.  DevOps has always embraced a diversity of thought and contribution.  Case in point, close to 50% of the presenters at this year’s DevOps Days Boston event were women.  

In this episode of the DevOps Leadership Series, we caught up with Jennifer Davis, co-author of Effective DevOps (O’Reilly 2015, $31) and software engineer at Chef.  Jennifer discusses a greater diversification of what DevOps means.  She sees more explicit efforts to expand DevOps into QA, security, DBAs, and other functional teams across the organization.  Jennifer also discuss the benefit of re-setting one’s expectations on the meaning of certain words (e.g., agile, test driven development, audit driven development) to accelerate progress and remove roadblocks:



We then sat down with James Meickle, Site Reliability Engineer at Harvard and member of the organizing committee for DevOps Days Boston.  James witnessed distinct growth over last year in the diversity of companies in attendance —  both from a size and industry perspective.  James also discusses the importance of diversity that the organizing committee insisted upon as they planned for the event.  If you are organizing your own DevOps Days event, be sure to have a listen:



If you missed part one of our series from DevOps Days Boston, be sure to watch these interviews from Beno Chapman of Constant Contact, Anthony Spring of Yieldbot, and Jeremiah Sullivan of Puppet Labs.

Want to hear more from other women in DevOps or want to see the entire series?  You can find the entire library of 21 videos (and counting) from this series on YouTube.


DevOps Leadership Series [VIDEOS]


Special thanks to my colleague, Mark Miller for capturing these videos for us at the event.  



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Derek Weeks

VP and DevOps Advocate at Sonatype
Derek is a huge advocate of applying proven supply chain management principles into DevOps practices to improve efficiencies, reduce security risks, and sustain long-lasting competitive advantages. He currently serves as vice president and DevOps advocate at Sonatype, creators of the Nexus repository manager and the global leader in solutions for software supply chain automation. Derek is a distinguished international speaker and lectures regularly on modern software development practices, continuous delivery and DevOps, and application security. He shares insights regularly across the social sphere where you can find him at @weekstweets and

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