Lessons Learned from 7 Years of Running Developer Platforms

This talk will cover the best and worst practices for platform engineering. The trick is we didn’t always use this phrase, so we actually have many years of experience to learn from. Who are you? You’re in a DevOps, wait, I mean SRE…nope, scatch that…platform engineering team. People come to you to get Kubernetes up and running, and then build some kind of platform on top of Kubernetes. But you just got a build pipeline in place. Getting Kubernetes ready for developers might be a new problem, but building and running developer platforms has been going on for at least 10 years. This talk will cover the lessons those organizations have learned, such as product managing the platform, attracting and retaining developers, seeding trust and skills, reskilling existing ops staff, and more. Examples are drawn from organizations like Mercedes-Benz, the U.S. Air Force, large insurance companies and banks, and more.

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Michael Coté

Developer Advocate
VMware