LISA 2011 Conference Review
Last week I was in Boston for my 1st and their 25th Edition of the Large Infrastructure System Administration Conferences
Lisa was pretty much all I expected from it. Old Unix wizards with long hair and white beards, the usual suspects, and a mix of devops practitioners on a devops themed conference with on one side awesome and well positioned content and on the other side absolutely basic stuff.
On tuesday I had a devops bof scheduled for 2 hours.
My goal of the session was to not talk myselve, and let the audience figure out the 4 key components of devops as documented by @botchagalupe and @damonedwards being , Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing. I have to admit it took me a while to get them to that point .. but they figured out themselves .. the bof was standing room only , and there was a good discussion going on
On wednesday I gave my talk titled , Devops the Future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet.
During my talk I realized that there was some more explanation needed for the crowd explaining Vagrant ... so I proposed a Bof on that topic too ... I used @patrickdebois 's awesome slides and hosted a small bof on Vagrant on thursday evening.
Friday morning I was scheduled to be in a panel discussing featuring a #devops guy, a storage guy and a network guy ..
as my voice was starting to break down I wasn't really confident . however by the time the panel started I could talk normal again :)
The setup was weird.. it were basically 3 people with totally different backgrounds discussing a variety of topics. There were no rea
lly opposing views , mostly we agreed with eachother , so I`m not really sure if the audience was really entertained :)
Anyhow 2 bofs, a talk and a panel later .. I was exhausted and ready to fly back to Belgium.
Tomorrow I have another presentation together with Patrick at the BeJug .. problem is .. I`m still looking for my voice ;(
So worst case .. I`m just gonna turn on the recording that the Usenix folks made of my talk ...
Must admit .. I've given better talks ..