Matty’s upcoming schedule

Matt Stratton is presenting at these upcoming events.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2022

Avengers Assemble - The Thanos Incident

Over the course of the Avengers storyline, everything has been leading up to the ultimate outage—when Thanos snapped his fingers, eliminating half of all life in the universe.

Come along with me on a journey to perform a retrospective on this greatest of all incidents in the Marvel universe. What were the contributing factors? How could the Avengers have followed better incident response procedures? And can this be reviewed in a truly blameless fashion?

In this talk, I will revisit the storyline across the Marvel Cinematic Universe that led up to a critical event: the “Snap,” when Thanos removes half of all life in the universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, as well as the resolution displayed in Avengers: Endgame. We will explore the activities of the incident response teams (the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more), to discover what they did well, what they could have done better, and why S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to invest in better Incident Response training.

The audience will learn how to engage in productive Incident Response practices, conduct blameless postmortems, and even why a properly used pager (ala Captain Marvel) can be a key element in successfully navigating even the most dire of universal crises.

22 June 2022

Amsterdam, Netherlands

DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2022

Build an Infrastructure Platform with Kubernetes

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll examine how Pulumi works with Kubernetes, and show real-world examples of managing Amazon EKS clusters. We’ll focus on building a user-friendly Kubernetes platform and deploy your first EKS cluster using Pulumi’s new multi-language EKS SDK.

Next, we’ll examine Pulumi’s automation API and leverage its powerful capabilities to deliver your application deployment platform into your users’ hands without asking them to write a single line of code!

Pulumi is an open-source tool that allows users to write their infrastructure code in TypeScript, Python, DotNet, or Go. General-purpose languages allow infrastructure code to have integrated testing, compile-time checks as well as being able to create infrastructure APIs and is more suited to infrastructure management than DSLs, JSON, or YAML.

22 June 2022

Seattle, WA, USA

DevOpsDays Seattle 2022

You’ve Convinced Me We Have To Collaborate — But How The Hell Do We Deal With People?

We know that DevOps is about people, empathy, relationships, and collaboration. And science supports that—studies have shown collaboration is critical to effective software development and software operations. But many times, collaboration is easier said than done. Which raises the question: How do we deal with people and learn to work with different personalities?

Don’t worry, we can learn to improve our human interactions. Over time, I’ve learned some techniques and approaches to enhance collaboration and interaction, which I’ll share so you can put them into practice yourself!

Topics covered in this talk include:

  • De-escalating conflict
  • Facilitating blameless meetings
  • Reframing conversations to be more productive
  • Encouraging psychological safety in teams

19 July 2022

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Turning Infrastructure Into Software Through Cloud Engineering

28 July 2022

Kansas City, MO, USA

KCDC 2022

The Journey From DevOps to Cloud Engineering

08 August 2022