Devopsdays Barcelona

As I’ve used to live in Barcelona, I couldn’t pass by the opportunity to represent the dev part of 3ofcoins on the devopsdays event that took place there this week. Here are my takeaways from the dev point of view.

Firstly, I’d like to thank the organizers for making this happen. I’ve done my share of conference organizing and I know how much work and stress that can be. Kudos to you guys! There were some things that could’ve gone better, but you live and learn.

Secondly, it’s the first conference I’ve been to with a reliable wifi connection. Unbelievable. It’s probably mostly due to the size of the conference, but still impressive.

Now, moving on to the gist of the event. There were talks and open spaces. The talks varied in quality. The first day started poorly with a buzzword-filled presentation on Disciplined Agile Delivery that made me reach for my laptop to work on some code instead. Later that day we saw a more interesting talk on enemies of Continuous Delivery and a comprehensive report on the state of devops in various European countries. There was some clear confusion on what the Ignites talk would look like, as some of the presenters clearly weren’t ready for this format. Still, it was great to hear about banks giving back to the community (redborder.net).

On the second day there was a nice presentation on Continuous Performance testing – something few teams do and what we all definitely should look into. It was followed by a perfectly-delivered talk on how to measure your value to the company instead of being remembered only in the context of failures and problems. The day finished off with guys from Tuenti talking about their well-automated development & deployment infrastructure.

But devopsdays are more than talks, there were also open spaces – a concept completely new to me. Unfortunately I’ve missed this part on the first day, and on the second day many people have already left. But it’s about quality, not quantity, and I still joined a nice discussion on devops on multisourcing. There was some misunderstanding with the venue owner and we had to cut the second round of open spaces short, which was a shame.

Overall, it was a nice time and an interesting glimpse for me into the devops community. I wished there were some more technical talks, but I still found half of them quite interesting. I’d go again.

If you want to see some of the talks from the conference, they’re already up on the devops vimeo channel. Superfast.