Africa DevOps Day is a great example of collaboration and knowledge-sharing across companies, and in true DevOps style aims to break down silos. It has been organised every year as a collaborative effort across some of the largest financials institutions in South Africa as a platform to share experiences and learning. The theme this year was “Scaling DevOps through infrastructure” and did not disappoint. There were amazing speakers, and interesting topics were covered. Hearing about the DevOps journeys that many companies in Africa have embarked on was fascinating.
I created sketchnotes of the presentations I attended, you can download the PDF version of the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Africa DevOps Day 2017 here. A full list of speakers and their presentations can be found on the Africa DevOps Day website.
Here are my sketches and some highlights of the talks I attended…
Brett St Clair – The Culture of DevOps
“when you are trying to make change, it always starts with culture”
Industry Update – Absa, Standard Bank & RMB
Kevin Rolfe – Putting the Ops in DevOps
“we need to free up people to handle exceptions and do valuable work”
Dan Acton – DevOps in the Cloud
“we’re moving towards no Ops”
Biase De Gregorio – Extreme Ownership
“start with good leadership principles as a point of departure”
Andrew Holt & Benjamin Hinson – Chef: Tools, Processes and Culture
“there’s no silver bullet solution”
A friend of mine @ALfriendo also did some awesome sketchnotes, and there are plenty of other great posts on #AfricaDevOpsDay Twitter.
All in all, a great day! I hope I’ll be there again next year…
I was asked to attend the Open Community Encounters group in November to help visually record their discussions and add another dimension to the meetup. I must say, it was a really inspiring, informative and enjoyable session!
The Open Community Encounters group meet up to discuss different topics which are pressing issues in South Africa, with the intention of opening up a dialogue for people from different backgrounds. It is amazing that Alison Gitelson and Susan Williams give of their time to create safe spaces for people to introspect, discuss and share experiences and ideas. The topic for the November session was: How safe to you feel in your skin?
This topic is such a pertinent one in South Africa… here are some ideas that were shared in the session:
These were created live in the session – bar a few headings and preparation.
I would really encourage those living in Johannesburg, South Africa to attend these sessions. I know it definitely won’t be my last.
For all the pictures and more info, visit their group and engage with the community.
Last Thursday I attended a DevOps conference – Africa DevOps Day 2016 – which was hosted by FNB. The day was themed around “DevOps Skills for the Future - The Next Generation“.
It was a great demonstration of collaboration and knowledge sharing across the Banking Industry and other industries to pioneer DevOps practices in South Africa.
You can have a look at the conversation on Twitter #AfricaDevOpsDay, there are some amazing quotes and conversations that were shared on Twitter.
Here are the sketches I did on the day:
The Lean Factor – David Preece
Culture of Discovering Freedom – Dan Acton
DevOps KungFu – Reneshan Moodley
- Johan Burger – First Rand
- Josef Langerman – Standard Bank
- Jerome Passmore – Capitec Bank
- Peter Rix – ABSA
Coding DevSecOps – Jason Suttie
The Death of DevOps – Paul Muller
You can download the full booklet of all of the sketchnotes above, here.
Africa DevOps Day – Visual Recording
Thanks to Peter Alkema and the organising team, we also all had plenty of space available to record our Light bulb Moments and suggestions from the day.