Watch J. Paul Reed's DevOps Conference session

DevOps – The Troubles Of Automating All The Things

JAXenter Editorial Team

A culture of automation is such a cornerstone of DevOps, one of it’s oldest, most famous tropes is “automate ALL the things”. But are there things we maybe shouldn’t automate? What if how we go about automating things is actively causing us pain in the form of incidents? Watch this DevOpsCon talk by Netflix’s J. Paul Reed to find out more.

In this DevOps Conference session, J. Paul Reed takes a look at some of the impacts and challenges pervasive automation has presented for engineers and operations, along with some important considerations when automating Netflix’s complex, living socio-technical systems, as well as some strategies to cope with these “ironies of automation.”


DevOpsJ. Paul Reed has over 15 years of experience in the trenches as a build/release and tools engineer, working with such organizations as VMware, Mozilla, Postbox, Symantec, and Salesforce. In 2012, he founded Release Engineering Approaches, a consultancy incorporating a host of tools and techniques to help organizations realize how they can “Simply Ship. Every time”. He’s worked across a number of industries, from financial services to cloud-based infrastructure to healthcare, with teams ranging from 2 to 2,500 on everything from tooling, operational analysis and improvement, team culture transformation, and business value optimization. He regularly speaks internationally on release engineering, DevOps, IT operations complexity, and human factors. Paul is also the founding host of The Ship Show, a twice-monthly podcast tackling topics related to build engineering, DevOps, and release management.


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