Practical Operations Podcast

A pragmatic podcast discussing Systems, Operations and Scaling with a focus on real world use cases and solutions to common problems.

Hosted by Breandan Dezendorf, Breandan Dezendorf has 15+ years of operations experience, a degree in Journalism and has managed monitoring and alerting systems for every company he's ever worked for. Jack Neely, Jack Neely has been in operations for over 15 years and finds solutions through code. Experience in configuration management, time series based metrics, and automating platform deployments for large companies. and Jarod Watkins. Jarod Watkins has over 8 years experience in operations at small companies and startups. Automation and infrastructure as code are his specialty.

Practical Operations is a pragmatic podcast about the difference between running your IT organization the "Right Way" and the Practical Way. Your hosts talk about the theory of small to web scale operations and DevOps and then discuss how to get the most out of these tools in practice.

Your hosts Breandan Dezendorf, Jack Neely, and Jarod Watkins have over 35 years of IT experience. Practical experience in small companies and research groups of only a handful of people to large multinational technology companies, cloud providers, and major universities. We practice operations.

Episode 54 - How To Have An Outage (Part 1)

August 3, 2018

Where we discuss the initial phases of preparing for a planned outage and reacting to an unplanned one.

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Episode 53: When We Are The Problem

July 20, 2018

Where we discuss that old interview chestnut: Tell me about a time you’ve broken something.

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Episode 52 - Technical Solutions for Social Problems

July 11, 2018

Where we discuss why using technical solutions rarely solve social problems, or solve them very poorly.

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Episode 51 - Divide and Conquer

July 4, 2018

Where we discuss the relative merits of splitting large, monolithic multi-tenant applications into smaller single tenant ones.

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Episode 50 - You Have Too Many Alerts

June 28, 2018

Where we discuss how we’re all buried in alerts, but we don’t need that many.

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Episode 49 - Monitorama 2018 Recap

June 20, 2018

Where we discuss Monitorama 2018 (PDX), and the return of a reasonable publication schedule.

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Episode 48: The Year Ahead (and Behind)

December 31, 2017

Where we discuss tech trends in 2017 and what we’re looking forward to in 2018.

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Episode 47 - Efficient Meetings

December 4, 2017

Where we discuss the reasons to have meetings, and some gudielines on making them less awful for everyone involved.

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Episode 46 - Service Design Documentation

November 26, 2017

Where we discuss guidelines for documenting, designing and deploying services.

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Episode 45 - Social and Technical Contracts For Teams

November 6, 2017

Where we discuss the social and technical contracts that should be considered when setting up a working group, both long-standing and ad-hoc.

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