DevOps Interviews (Audio) - Channel 9

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This is a series of interviews with thought leaders in DevOps with Donovan Brown. Donovan Brown is a DevOps Program Manager with Microsoft. Twitter: @DonovanBrown
17 episodes · since Nov, 2015
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April 23, 2018
In this interview, VSTS Architect TQ shows us how VSTS designs and versions its Microservices.[01:26] Versioning[04:12] Deprecating a version[12:18] Transformation into Microservices[14:21] How to find versions[20:00] Online Help[21:46] Version negotiation[30:48] Break down the monolith[32:52] Containers [T34:20] Are these pure MicroservicesMore info aka.ms/DevOps
April 19, 2018
In this video Donovan Brown interviews Tony Seeley, Group Program Manager who works in the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), Engineering Systems team, overseeing the group managing the source control system which is used by thousands of users working on code for an extensive portfolio of products including Xbox, Surface, Windows Store and of course the Windows operating system itself.Throughout the interview Tony will describe how Windows moved all its source code, 350gigs worth, from an inhouse solution to Git repos hosted inside of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). He'll cover the details of what it took to get such a large repository hosted inside of Git by overcoming Git's technical limitations, such as the GVFS work that unblocked it (and is now open source). He'll also talk about why they undertook this difficult journey in the first place, such as reducing training cost, following industry trends, modernization of their engineering system and enabling more flexibility to the product teams ability to ship and innovate around Windows.Get started with VSTS: https://www.visualstudio.com/vsts
March 21, 2018 · transcript
In this video Donovan Brown interviews Jill Campbell, Group Program Manager who works in the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), Engineering Systems team, overseeing the process and tools Windows uses to plan work across tens of thousands of employees and an extensive portfolio of products including Xbox, Surface, Windows Store and of course the Windows operating system itself.Throughout the interview Jill will describe how Windows moved all these product teams from various tools to a unified process powered by Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), and how VSTS scales for them along with the flexibility and customizability which enabled them to be successful in managing over 11 million work items, across 33,000 users (across all of Microsoft) and with teams varying in processes ranging from Agile through to Waterfall.
Jan. 9, 2018
In this interview, Principal DevOps Manager Donovan Brown interviews Principal Group Program Manager Aaron Bjork about how the release notes for VSTS are generated for each release.[00:50] Set the stage[01:15] Release Notes Page[02:14] How are they created[02:40] DoD[03:12] Not everything requires release notes[03:53] Feature Flags![04:40] Release notes in action[05:04] Delivery Plans[06:19] When do we set the flag?[06:52] When should you write the release notes?[08:45] How do you find all the release notes?[09:35] Sprint mails[11:20] The query of items needing release notes[12:10] Bringing it all together with Markdown[13:42] Pull requests[15:45] Keys to making it workBlog: DonovanBrown.comFollow @DonovanBrown Follow @aaronbjork
Dec. 14, 2017
In this interview, Director of Engineering Munil Shah returns to share insights on how our quality practices had to change to support of Visual Studio Team Services.[00:43] Quality in the Cloud cadence[02:00] Types of tests[03:59] New Approach[05:37] Shift Left[07:09] Combined Engineering [13:30] Quality Vision[21:27] Pull Request[24:54] Advice for others[28:39] Rolling CI Pipeline
Dec. 6, 2017
In this interview, Director of Engineering Munil Shah returns to answer the questions asked about Safe Deployment of Visual Studio Team Services.[00:32] Deployment Rings[05:39] RM Deployment Definition[08:30] Ring 4a[11:35] Branching / CI[14:14] Hot Fixes[16:54] Cherrypicking changes[17:46] We never delete branches[20:10] Deployment frequencyBlog: DonovanBrown.comFollow @DonovanBrown Follow @munilsh
Nov. 22, 2017
In this interview, recorded live from Ignite 2017, Senior Cloud Developer Advocate Damian Brady interviews Senior Program Manager Edward Thomson about Git in Visual Studio Team Services.[00:19] Source control options in VSTS and TFS[02:20] Microsoft Engineering's move to VSTS and Git[03:52] Managing Git at scale - GVFS[06:05] Accessing a Git repository in VSTSBlog: Damovisa.meFollow @damovisa Follow @ethomson
Aug. 18, 2017
In this interview, Principal DevOps Manager Donovan Brown interviews Director of Engineering Munil Shah about Safe Deployment of Visual Studio Team Services. [00:40] Scale Units[03:54] Safe Deployment Practices[04:28] Rings[09:20] Performance Testing[10:24] Go Big Environment[12:40] Feature Flags & Stages[15:45] Preview Flag[19:25] Testing[24:29] DB or Binaries who goes first[27:52] DB Schema Management[32:35] API Versions[18:50] Feature Flags! Blog: DonovanBrown.comFollow @DonovanBrown Follow @munilsh
July 30, 2017
In this interview, Principal DevOps Manager Donovan Brown interviews Principal Group Program Manager Aaron Bjork about UI and Architectural consistency across 50 feature teams and Feature Flags.[00:40] How many feature teams do we have[01:05] UI Consistency[03:12] Nominated Owners[04:10] Central Design Team[05:25] Do UI changes require approval[06:14] Just do the right thing[07:47] Sharing people on Scrum teams[09:35] Flighting features[14:27] Architecture Consistency[16:44] Verticals[18:00] Aligned Autonomy[18:50] Feature Flags![22:53] At what layer do I apply the flag[25:25] Agile TransformationBlog: DonovanBrown.comFollow @DonovanBrown Follow @aaronbjork
Nov. 24, 2016
In this interview, Senior DevOps Program Manager Donovan Brown interviews Damian Brady about DevOps and Octopus Deploy.You can download the Octopus Deploy Build and Release Task here.Blog: DonovanBrown.comFollow @DonovanBrown Follow @damovisa
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