“DevOps is a state of mind”, “DevOps is a structure”, “You need a DevOps team!”, “There’s no such thing as a DevOps team!”
Meri's presentation explores the myths and misconceptions surrounding DevOps and looking at some real world patterns and anti-patterns.
Leader of technology organisations
Meri is a leader of technology organisations, most recently the Delivery team at the Government Digital Service (which built the award-winning GOV.UK) prior to going on her current sabbatical. Previously she worked in Procter & Gamble's Global Business Services organisation for 10 years, starting out as a Developer, then moving on to Project & Product Management and finally Programme & Engineering/Ops Management.
Since she studied Computer Science with a focus on artificial intelligence, she still thinks of herself as a proper geek and imagines she always has a soldering iron in her back pocket, though sadly the reality isn't so cool.
A published author and previous winner of the BCS Young IT Professional of the Year in the UK IT Industry Awards, she sponsors prizes & scholarships to help more girls start STEM careers in her hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gaming, surfing and has a newfound obsession with hot smoking Texas-style BBQ.
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