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From fledgling startups to established industry, the Midwest is home to a large, vibrant technology community. Chicago, in particular, has been a flurry of activity in the past several years, drawing attention from around the globe.

DevOpsDays Chicago brings development, operations, QA, InfoSec, management, and leadership together to discuss the culture and tools to make better organizations and products. The 2017 event will be the fourth time we have held DevOpsDays Chicago, and it should be bigger and better than ever before!

We expect 450 people this year and will be holding the event on September 12-13, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in downtown Chicago.

The format of DevOpsDays Chicago includes a single track of 30 minute talks in the morning of each event, followed by Ignite talks (5 minute, auto forwarding). We spend the rest of the afternoon in Open Spaces, which are considered a key portion of the event.

CFP Description

The Call for Proposals is your chance to be a more active part in the conference, and place your mark on the DevOps community. We encourage a wide range of original material, with a focus on new presenters. We currently are not accepting vendor submissions.

What we are looking for:

Types of accepted proposals:

  • Ignite Sessions: 5 minute, auto forwarding talk
  • Presentations: A 30 minute talk on topic of your choice, with some time for questions.

The Ignite Talks are 5 minute talks with 20 slides (max.) which auto-advance. If you are not familiar with the Ignite Talk format, good examples can be found at: http://ignitetalks.io/.

General Guidelines:

  • Be concise.
  • Add as much detail as you can.
  • Multiple entries are welcome.
  • Attempt to not give details to who you are, we prefer to judge based on content.
  • All presentations must conform to the code of conduct.
  • Preferably submit via this web app, however, we also will accept submissions by email: cfp@devopsdayschi.org

Ideas:

This is what we would like to know. Do you have an answer?

  • DevOps movement has been around for a few years now: Did anyone find out if it really helped your organization? Are there numbers for this?
  • Did the culture of DevOps spread to other parts of your company? If not, why?
  • Is DevOps the magic silver bullet which solved all your problems? What are the problems it didn’t solve (although you thought it would)?
  • Were there unexpected problems during your cultural change into DevOps?
  • Did the required skill-set of people change after starting to do things DevOps-Style?
  • Did people leave because you “went DevOps”? Was this good or bad or both?
  • Have there been technical changes after the culture in your team changed?
  • Did the change affect the business/sales/marketing side?
  • And of course: Has DevOps affected you personally? How do you feel about the change it brought to your work?

The “classic” DevOps questions are of course not fully answered, either…

  • What is the role of QA/Tester in DevOps, how do we integrate QA in the continuous delivery process
  • The impact DevOps has on traditional security/auditing/change control
  • The impact of DevOps on HR policies, and the hiring process
  • Help prove that DevOps can scale beyond the 5-8 person web startups, we love traditional IT enterprise cases
  • With all the automation, data is still a hard thing to handle, how does it affect DBA’s, backup strategies, …

If you’d like some more specific topic examples…

  • How about release management.
  • Integrating security into the DevOps conversation
  • How to handle budgets for DevOps initiatives
  • DevOps and Working Remotely
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Having DevOps make #monitoringsucks less

Our main criteria to make it to the top selection are:

  • Original content: Content not yet presented at other conferences, or a new angle to an existing problem
  • New presenters: People who are new to the space and have insightful stuff to say; we want to hear everybody’s voice
  • Open Space Fodder: Will this talk help generate discussion during the Open Spaces?
  • No vendor pitches: as much as we value vendors and sponsors, we just don’t think this is the right forum. You can demo at your table or during Open Space.

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