Chris Read, Senior Systems Engineer

Chris Read

Biography: Chris Read

Chris Read currently works at DRW where he helps developers and operations deliver more value faster. He used to work for ThoughtWorks as a Principal Technical Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist. This means he helps developers understand the environments they are developing for, and helps infrastructure people build better systems. His specialties are Unix (any flavor), scripting and networking. He has done time as a Developer and as a Sys Admin, but now he is both...

Presentation: "Evolving Continuous Delivery"

Track: Dev and Ops / Time: Wednesday 15:35 - 16:35 / Location: Falconer Salen

Chris works in the high pressure, fast moving world of proprietary trading. Business needs are constantly evolving along with the markets we trade in, where sometimes the difference between success and failure can be measured in nanoseconds.  As if that weren't enough, we can never forget about compliance. Or data integrity. Or packet loss. Or vast volumes of market data. Or NUMA zones…

In this talk, Chris describes how he has evolved the continuous integration and deployment system he currently works with. By discussing what's worked well and not so well over the past year we explore the blurring line between tools, teams and processes. The system is still evolving, but it's already reached the stage where one of the developers on the team said "I've just realised I don't have root on our production boxes - but that's ok as I've been able to do everything I need to without even missing it…"

Presentation: "Agile Operations - optimising the business one shell script at a time"

Track: Dev and Ops / Time: Wednesday 16:50 - 17:50 / Location: Falconer Salen

Building software used to be the bottleneck. The delays and hand-offs between groups meant you could go literally years without any delivery. Then came Agile with its co-located teams, automation, feedback and collaboration, which meant we could deliver quickly and respond to changes in business direction.

For a lot of firms freeing this bottleneck exposes the next constraint: getting things done across the organisation. They are structured according to a hierarchy which directly opposes the flow of value through the organisation, meaning more hand-offs and more delays.

Agile Operations combines Lean thinking and Agile development practices to addressing this constraint. In this talk, Dan introduces Agile Operations using real examples of refactoring business processes to achieve dramatic improvements, and describes techniques you can apply to your own situation. There will be shell scripts.

Tags: lean, agile, operations, automation, continuous-delivery, process