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Thursday, April 2 • 1:15pm - 1:55pm
Workflow Design - Extracting Signal from the Noise
Picture the scene. You're trying to come up with a Chef workflow or toolchain for your team or organization. So you start looking at what other people in the field have been doing - but wait!

Some folks insist you should use one tool, while others are vehemently against it. Some advocate using a particular feature of Chef while others claim the world will end if you do. What's do be done? How do you decide what *you* should use?

In this session I'll help you with strategies and techniques to filter out the signal from the noise and identify tools, workflows and best practices that will fit with your organisational needs.

We'll explore some common workflows and toolchains in use today and look at the importance of understanding the motivations behind their design as an aide for validating their potential usefulness for your organization.

We'll also examine the importance of grokking the underpinning architecture and characteristics of Chef's design and implementation, and how to incorporate this information into your workflow and toolchain design process.

Speakers
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Jon Cowie

Staff Operations Engineer, Etsy
Jon Cowie is a staff operations engineer at Etsy where he mixes his love of both coding and operations to try and solve interesting problems. He has created and open sourced a number of projects, including knife-spork and knife-preflight, and is the author of "Customizing Chef" from O'Reilly.


Thursday April 2, 2015 1:15pm - 1:55pm
Mission City B4-B5