DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #461 - 27th October 2019

2 minute read

Configuration management, a few posts on policy controls, deployment practices and the link between culture and tools to read up on this week. Enjoy the 10 year anniversary devopsdays event everyone.

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News

Lots of conversations recently about the pros and cons of deploying on Friday. This post breaks down some of the main arguments with discussions of quality, culture and context.
https://hackernoon.com/deploy-on-fridays-or-dont-qg2y32jk

A look at enforcing policy controls (like required tags or deployment platforms) for a Serverless application in your continuous integration system using Open Policy Agent, Conftest and CircleCI.
https://dev.to/kenfdev/continuously-enforce-policies-on-your-configs-with-conftest-and-circleci-1afd

A presentation from the recent Serverless Conf about why YAML (or at least declarative formats) might be a better approach to configuration than your favourite programming language.
https://acloud.guru/series/serverlessconf-nyc-2019/view/yaml-better

There is a deep relationship between what we talk about as culture and the tools we use to do the work. In sociotechnical systems changing one has an effect on the other, this post is a good reminder that sometimes change starts with a new tool.
https://redmonk.com/rstephens/2019/10/25/devops-tools-can-lead-the-culture-change/

A nice reminder of the Devops journey over the last 10 years. Looking back through some of the community conversations and speculating about topics we might discuss more in the future.
https://speakerdeck.com/iennae/devops-now-and-to-the-future

It’s too easy to take your automated systems for granted, lots of systems administration is still far more manual. This post explains some ways to help folks overcome the fears that often hold back moving to more automated approaches.
https://www.redhat.com/sysadmin/introducing-automation

A long and detailed post on software project management, covering everything from user stories, estimation, kanban, bugs, triage and more.
https://apenwarr.ca/log/20171213

Events

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America is coming up in San Diego from the 18th until the 21st of November. The schedule is packed with talks on the CNCF projects like Kubernetes, Envoy and Helm as well as case studies, community meetings and more. The code KCNADOW19 will save DevOps Weekly readers 10% off the ticket price too.
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The O’Reilly Velocity Conference heads to Berlin, 4–7 November. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and systems engineering professionals to get expert insight on building and maintaining cloud native systems. With 4 days of practical content on cloud native infrastructure, DevOps, Kubernetes, and more, there’s something for everyone. Passes start at €676 when you use the code DEVW20 (applies to Gold, Silver, and Bronze passes). Register today!
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Tools

K-rail is a new workload policy enforcement tool for Kubernetes. It supports reporting and enforcing policies and comes with a built-in set of common security policies for Kubernetes deployments.
https://github.com/cruise-automation/k-rail

Need a new DevOps podcast? Then check out episode one of the new VictorOps podcast, Ship Happens. Engineering Manager, Benton Rochester sits down with Bethany Abbott, TechOps Manager at NS1 to discuss on-call and the gender gap in tech:
http://try.victorops.com/devopsweekly/ship-happens-episode-one

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