Where do we go next? DevOps World | Jenkins World 2019 key takeaways.

Eloisa Tovee 12th December 2019

DevOps World | Jenkins World 2019 took place in the sunny city of Lisbon – famous for Pastel de Nata, ornate architecture and its seven hills: São Jorge, São Vicente, São Roque, Santo André, Santa Catarina, Chagas e Sant’Ana. Positioned as the Conference for Continuous Delivery, Microservices, Containers, Cloud & Lean Business, this year had a few extra trick up its sleeves…

Day one was dedicated to the up-skilling of those interested in gaining certifications in Jenkins and Kubernetes – with our very own Massimiliano Vallascas delivering Jenkins Pipeline II Intermediate training. This session expanded upon the information from Jenkins Pipeline – Fundamentals with topics such as how to implement scripted Pipelines, how to create and use shared libraries and how to define Docker agents and use them in your pipelines.

From here, the conference nose-dived into two further days of keynotes, breakout sessions, mural paining and superhero parties. It was certainly lively and offered many an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss new ideas, current solutions and future projects.

What was wonderfully refreshing was that yes, the agenda did cover the more technical side of DevOps – Continuous Delivery, Microservices, Containers, Cloud and so on – but it also spent quality time exploring the equally important subjects of inclusivity, diversity, and mentorship.

These talks were delivered from an incredibly diverse group of speakers, with leading experts from all walks of life – including:

  • The incredibly passionate James Governor, RedMonk who asked us to take a moment to refocus on people and asked how we can come together to make distributed work a viable option for those in the IT industry over the next ten years,
  • The more controversial Bryan Liles, VMware who challenged our perception of what DevOps is and reminded us that DevOps is neither people, nor a group within the business,
  • Jen Thomson, IDC who looked at how you can drive true change in organisations by adopting a grassroots approach to diversity in the workforce. Jen also shared a first glance at IDC’s 2020 predictions, paying particular attention to what enterprises need to get ready for the digitised economy. You can read more of those predicitons here.
  • And last but certainly not least, Tara Hernandez, Google Cloud Platform who delivered a no-nonsense view on how we need to look at what makes us ALL successful. From spending less time grouping individuals into clusters, to actively looking at ways to honour individuality that is both positive and supportive, Tara spoke about the need to get past the ‘them and us’ situation many businesses find themselves in. Some suggestions were to think about sponsoring somebody from a different demographic to yourself, making a conscious decision not to cluster and setting goals that thrive of positive energy, not negativity.

Whilst we can’t cover everything, we did head to Twitter to live tweet key insights as the show unfolded, and put pen to paper for all the real important stuff here:



If you’re interested in seeing the keynote sessions in full, you can find recordings on CloudBees’ YouTube Channel using the links below:

  • Tuesday’s Opening Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkoEEXFuiK0
  • Wednesday’s Opening Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iJC_HMsxUM
  • Thursday’s Opening Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-fI_-in6Lo

For insights from previous DevOps World | Jenkins World shows, you can catch our event summary of the 2019 San Francisco show here.

Many congratulations to Ryan Smith also, who won our prize draw at the superhero party!

DevOps World Prize

Until next year (move aside Elvis, Jenkins is coming to town…)

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