2 Day workshop on Kanban and DSC

Kanban+DSC=AwesomeTogether with Microsoft, I am hosting a very special 2 day workshop on Kanban and Desired State configuration this December 9th & 10th. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, this is a not to be missed opportunity to learn about two critical devops skills from Dominica Degrandis and Steven Murawski. Proceeds will be donated to Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.

SPONSORSHIP: If you are interested in sponsoring this very special event, we have a coffee, breakfast and a lunch sponsorship available. Please contact me via email at jdevita@microsoft DOT com about sponsorship.

Register today!


Ask any Operations team what the boss complains about and you’ll likely hear, “Things take too long and there is no visibility as to why.”  Come discover how to improve visibility on work and speed up the delivery pipeline. This 2-day workshop on Kanban and Declarative Configuration Management with DSC and Chef provides learning on two essential Devops aspects – culture and tools.

Who should attend:

Anyone who wants to become more familiar with Kanban for IT Ops and implementing DSC.


9:00 am Registration and CoffeeOps

9:30 am Workshop begins

Day 1 Kanban for Devops (9:30 – 5:00 pm) with Dominica DeGrandis (@dominicad)

Come play the Kanban for Devops board game simulation. Discover how to increase visibility across teams to reveal mutually critical information, how to deliver things faster and how to obtain and present the five metrics that matter for getting buy-in from the boss.

Day 2 – Declarative Configuration Management for Windows server  (9:30 – 5:00 pm) with Steven Murawski (@StevenMurawski)

Join Steven for a day long  deep dive into declarative configuration management.  We’ll explore why declarative configuration management is such an important tool in today’s IT environment.  We’ll examine the components of PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), which is the in-box configuration management engine shipping with Windows Server. And finally, we’ll see how Chef can help you build on your DSC efforts to create an end-to-end pipeline for managing your infrastructure. (NOTE: If you want to follow along, bring a laptop with Windows Management Framework 4 or newer or that has a VM that has Windows Management Framework 4 or newer.)

All proceeds go to “Girls Who Code”  http://girlswhocode.com/.  A non-profit whose goal is to provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020.

Resources for IT Pros

There are a couple of great videos on Microsoft Virtual Academy that I think would be great for the IT Pro to learn about Azure and Server 2012r2





Microsoft resources for non-profits

Did you know the resources Microsoft has for non-profits? Let me know if you find this helpful!



YouthSpark Game Camp at Microsoft Store in Topanga, CA

Starting November 12th we will host our in-store YouthSpark Fall Camps!  We have two age groups:  8 – 10 years old, and 11 – 13 years old.

Event Details – Microsoft Store

  • Westfield Topanga
  • 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
  • Canoga Park, CA 91303
  • Phone: 818-577-4620

The two topics are:

  • Smart Game Coding (1 hour)
  • Smart Game Designing (1 hour)


8-10 Yr Camps:

Nov. 12 & Nov. 13 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Nov. 19 & Nov. 20 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 1 & Dec. 2 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 8 & Dec. 9 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 15 & Dec. 16 – 3 pm to 4 pm


11-13 Yr Camps:

Nov. 17 & Nov. 18 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Nov. 24 & Nov. 25 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 3 & Dec. 4 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 10 & Dec. 11 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 17 & Dec. 18 – 3 pm to 4 pm


Space is limited, so RSVP using the links today!

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us – YouTube

Pretty entertaining explanation of systems thinking.

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us – YouTube.

Speaking at LeanUX15!

DevOps for the IT Pro, TechEd New Zealand

I had an amazing time at TechEd New Zealand, and wanted to share a few photos and a link to my session on devops. Thanks to all of the amazing DX team in New Zealand for the invitation!











Provisioning Azure Files

5877564863_281d7cf6d9_m First check out and bookmark the IT Pro TechNet Blog for the rest of the “Modernize your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series at http://aka.ms/ModernCloud and our TechNet Radio series at http://aka.ms/hybridcloudwithazure

Get a big cup of coffee, we’re going to do some PowerShell. So what is Azure Files? Currently in preview is a new service in Azure that gives you access to shared storage across all your VM’s. This could come in handy for a group of files you access most often as a sysadmin. I wrote a post on getting started with Azure Files last month, you can read it here. This is an update to that post. If you need a free trial for Azure you can sign up here http://aka.ms/tryazureforfree

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CyberGirlz Summit at Cal Poly Pomona

I just returned from a great event at Cal Poly Pomona for over 100 middle school and high school girls. The Cybergirlz Summit was a collaborative project between Cal Poly Pomona and LAUSD. The event was organized by Dr. Daniel Manson, Chair of Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona and Yenny Yi, the Site Director of UCLA AfterSchool @ Franklin High School. Christine Matheney presented a workshop on building a “flappy bird” like application using Touch Develop. The last activity of the day was Capture The Flag, where the teams could work together to solve security questions. It was a great team building exercise.

The panelists included:
Lee Ann Kline-President/Founder of STEM Advantage
Shyama Rose-VP of Information Security for Live Nation Entertainment 
Priscilla Rodriguez-Winner of the 2011 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award 
M. Simonne Hinkle-IT Security Professional
Jessica DeVita - Microsoft Technical Evangelist
Christine Matheney- Microsoft Technical Evangelist 
Tobi West-Adjunct Faculty in Computer Information Systems at Cal Poly Pomona
Lily Ablon-Researcher at the RAND Corporation
Luz Rivas-Founder of DIY Girls 
Tess Cacciatore-COO of Global Women’s Empowerment Network
Shirin Salemnia-Founder/CEO of PlayWerks 
Karen Stanton-Coordinator for the CISCO WASTC and is Curriculum Lead at CREATE CATC 
Jennifer Terrill-Vice President, Information Technology at True Religion Brand Jeans

For the Sysadmin who rage quits cli tools

I was thinking about how to improve DevOps adoption in the enterprise, and even with all the recent announcements around Microsoft’s integration with other platforms like Chef, Puppet, etc, in Azure, there’s still a ton of room for innovation. You shouldn’t automate what you don’t understand. Steven Murawski said

“there’s this rush to automate everything, the first thing we really need is visibility into what we have in our environments. Trying to automate everything can hide potential problems, magnify configuration errors, and cause us to lose visibility into our system configurations.” @StephenMurawski

Tooling should be more accessible, audit-able with a goal of having executable, version controlled documentation of not just server configs, but hardware and cloud services as well. Thanks to @ehorley and @StevenMurawski for the introduction to Scriptrock. I saw a demo of Scriptrock Guardrail, the UX is elegant, and wants to be the solution for the systems administrator who “rage quits cli tools”.

I don’t love the disco music in their demo video, but you can just mute it. It looks beneficial to enterprise and SMB, possibly displacing several tools at once.

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