Agile + DevOps West 2020 Keynote : Failure Is Not an Option: What Apollo Can Teach Us about DevOps

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Failure Is Not an Option: What Apollo Can Teach Us about DevOps

Many software development professionals think of themselves as cutting-edge innovators who explore new and exciting frontiers. Contrarily, concepts that may be considered contemporary innovations are actually ideas that were conceived decades ago when humans strived to explore the real final frontier: space. More than 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon. But behind this amazing human accomplishment was the work of countless individuals who collaborated to make the impossible happen. While shipping code directly into production might be scary for you, imagine if that code was shipped into the vacuum of space and could only use 24K of storage and 1K of memory. Let’s re-examine what we can learn from the Apollo program and how that knowledge can help us avoid pitfalls today.

Brendan O'Leary

Brendan has a passion for software development and iterating on processes just as quickly as we iterate on code. He is a zealous advocate for the user experience. Brendan can still remember what his first computer, a Tandy 2000, felt like to use (and break … sorry, Dad). Working with customers to deliver value is what drives Brendan's passion for DevOps and smooth CI/CD implementation. Brendan has worked with a wide range of customers, from the nation's top health care institutions to environmental services companies to the Department of Defense. The only thing more eclectic is probably his taste in music. Outside of work, you'll find Brendan with one to four kids hanging off him at any given time, or occasionally finding a moment alone to build something in his workshop.