Couldn't make it to DevOpsCon 2019 in Munich? Read up on the keynote here

DevOpsCon 2019 has started – “Give up on the idea of control”

Chris Stewart

DevOpsCon 2019 has started! With a look at the DevOps status quo, program chair Sebastian Meyen opened the conference for DevOps inspiration and innovation. In the following keynote, Damon Edwards talked about the changing role of Operations and how now, either directly or indirectly, we are all a part of Operations.

There’s no single definition of DevOps

What are the strengths of DevOps? According to DevOpsCon Munich program chair Sebastian Meyen, the fact that there’s no one definition of DevOps is what makes it a really interesting field.

DevOps is about transparency, Meyen continued. It is about developing understanding, sharing, and trust. It’s not about blame, it’s about fixing stuff.

DevOps is also about sharing responsibility. It’s not because an organization has a great marketing department or a great IT department that it’s successful, it’s because the whole organization works together and shares the responsibility of generating success.

Above all, DevOps is about the idea of complexity and making sure people are aware of it. The thing about complex systems is: you can’t have 100% control over everything; things happen that you couldn’t have predicted, but making sure your teams are ready – that is the point.

The bottom line of DevOps really is: give up on the idea of control – instead you should be asking, “how do I fix stuff?”

Incident management in the age of DevOps and SRE

In his keynote, Rundeck co-founder Damon Edwards looked at how and why Operations is changing, and how incident management is evolving as a consequence.

Although we often talk about automation replacing humans, humans are more important than ever before. In his view, humans should be elevated by our toolsets, and so we should look at all the tools we have – machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc. – as an Iron Man suit that augments us to solve incidents better than ever before.

His message to take away was that incidents are simply unplanned investments, and it’s up to you what the return is on your investment.

If you missed our livestream of the keynote but like what you’re reading, then why not go check out the keynote yourself?

DevOpsCon Munich takes place until Thursday, December 5, 2019. JAXenter is on site and reporting live from the event.

Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart is an Online Editor for He studied French at Somerville College, Oxford before moving to Germany in 2011. He speaks too many languages, writes a blog, and dabbles in card tricks.

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