Spoiler alert — The answer is yes. Tech conferences should be more inclusive. Let me take you through all the things you didn’t even know you were getting wrong…

I’ve been to a lot of tech conferences over the past couple of years but at the moment I’m organising my first. It’s been a learning experience already (and the conference isn’t even until September) and I’ve asked a lot of people for advice on how to create the right kind of environment. …

I had a fabulous time at Config Management Camp this year, so I decided to write a brief post about what I learnt. Spoiler alert — it’s all about people!


I am from a very large family, and when we all get together it’s noisy, rowdy, drunken and wonderful. It doesn’t happen very often so when it does it’s very special. Config Management Camp feels exactly the same.

Competition is put to one side — whether you’re a user or a vendor everyone comes to learn from each other — to participate, to hang out and to reconnect. It was wonderful to see the warm welcome extended to John Vincent (key note speaker and clearly a much adored member of the community) who had travelled to Europe for the first time in 4 years to be at the event. …

I should have posted these at the time, but 2016 got the better of me and my blog has been rather neglected. Below is an update on some of the talks I have given recently.

My next talk will be at Config Management Camp in Gent — Resilient Systems Require Resilient People.

DevOpsDays Berlin — October 2016

Information Overload and the Real Cost of Interruptions

In this talk I explore how our relationship with technology can change our thought patterns and behaviours, encouraging us to multi-task and preventing us from focusing on the tasks that are most important.

There is no recording of this talk but hopefully I will be able to link to one soon! …

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