What's planned for 2015? A DevOps Interview Series

Jason Hand - February 17, 2015

I’m not one for lofty or overly-ambitious New Year’s resolutions, but I do feel that the beginning of the year is an excellent time to set  goals and make some changes in the name of continuous improvement.

A personal goal I set for myself this year was to do better about staying in touch with friends and family. Often times I feel like I rely on social media to fill me in on what everyone who is important to me is up to. While social media is great and I love seeing pictures and reading about everyone’s personal and professional adventures, it lacks a true emotional and personal connection that only comes from spending quality time with each other, communicating directly with one another .

I’ve decided that this effort should be extended beyond my own family and personal friends.

Over the next several months, I’m going to share with you an interview series featuring my DevOps friends, letting them talk about what they have planned for 2015. To preview some of the folks I’ll be communicating with, I’ve put together a teaser of who I’ll be talking with in one form or another. All of them have some very exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share with you what they are.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Matt Stratton](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/554417981350883328/UPI5ybAh_400x400.png) Matt Stratton[/caption] Solutions Architect at Chef, lead organizer of DevOpsDays - Chicago, and host of the Arrested DevOps Podcast
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="292"]![J. Paul Reed](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/565476374723309568/IVYwceSG_400x400.jpeg) J. Paul Reed[/caption] Build/Release Engineering, DevOps, Agile Consultant, Public Speaker, and host of the Ship Show Podcast
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Steve Pereira](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/378800000661415216/5e8096622994de7ff4c000e545278485_400x400.jpeg) Steve Pereira[/caption] DevOps, Continuous Delivery specialist, and lead organizer of DevOpsDays - Toronto
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Dave Josephsen](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/551095577170034688/36b6z8hR_400x400.jpeg) Dave Josephsen[/caption] Developer Evangelist at Librato, developer of Slacker (chatbot), and Prentice Hall & O'Reilly author
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Ryan Frantz](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/3075017256/cae880dea5d00f64633662444782426a_400x400.jpeg) Ryan Frantz[/caption] Senior Operations Engineer at Etsy,
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![James Fryman](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/505085888271888385/fxis-Zkv_400x400.jpeg) James Fryman[/caption] Senior DevOps Engineer at StackStorm
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Dave Zwieback](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/344513261576285595/01b7d07bdc84cd0f96108894d1e82dea_400x400.jpeg) Dave Zwieback[/caption] VP of Engineering, Next Big Sound. CTO, Lotus Outreach. Devops practitioner and author of "The Human Side of Postmortems"
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Matthew Boeckman](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1777143321/IMG_4600_400x400.JPG) Matthew Boeckman[/caption] V.P. of Infrastructure at Craftsy, co-organizer of DevOpsDays - Rockies and local DevOps Denver Meetup
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Josh Nichols](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/3557013243/43646b13149e21c8c9b76f3d272e41e5_400x400.jpeg) Josh Nichols[/caption] Infrastructure Engineer at GitHub and Hubot maintainer
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Dale Hamel](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/546194879366193152/1rWCYU6w_400x400.jpeg) Dale Hamel[/caption] Operations Developer at Shopify. Lead developer of RasPlex
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Bridget Kromhout](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/469973128840368128/Eud_QsXs_400x400.png) Bridget Kromhout[/caption] Operations Engineer at DramaFever, co-host of Arrested DevOps Podcast and lead organizer of DevOpsDays - Minneapolis
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Seth Goings](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/378800000069344595/c834753f6a71b8c84cc265790e376815_400x400.jpeg) Seth Goings[/caption] Software Engineer & Continuous Delivery Specialist at ReadyTalk
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Gene Kim](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1101294026/Gene_Kim_informal_400x400.jpg) Gene Kim[/caption] DevOps enthusiast, "The Phoenix Project co-author", Tripwire founder, Visible Ops co-author, IT Ops/Security Researcher, Theory of Constraints Jonah, rabid UX fan
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Alan Shimel](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2050153851/alan_new_head_shot_400x400.jpg) Alan Shimel[/caption] Managing Partner at The CISO Group, Network World Blogger, Manager Security Bloggers Network, Editor Devops.com
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Jason A. Cox](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/553801451953061888/h5ZryVWd_400x400.jpeg) Jason A. Cox[/caption] Director, Systems Engineering at The Walt Disney Company
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Jimmy Cuadra](https://wwwimg.victorops.com/2015/02/Screen-Shot-2015-02-25-at-5.28.19-PM.png) Jimmy Cuadra[/caption] Developer of Lita and ChatOps specialist
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Dianne Marsh](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1381494484/DianneMarsh_400x400.jpg) Dianne Marsh[/caption] Director of Engineering @ Netflix
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Jason Dixon](https://s.gravatar.com/avatar/43258fbd3f73a759fc3bda312a9c0ff6?s=400) Jason Dixon[/caption] Director of Product Solutions @Librato
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290"]![Jessica DeVita](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/484435199413870592/WBnTIeTR_400x400.jpeg) Jessica DeVita[/caption] Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
![Ryan Martens](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/550364030271897600/9rgtaPf0_400x400.jpeg)Ryan Martens Founder/CTO of Rally Software, CEO of [Entrepreneur's Foundation of CO](http://EFColorado.org), Unreasonable Institute Mentor, Startup Colorado Board Member
[![PatrickDebois](//wwwimg.victorops.com/2015/02/PatrickDebois.jpg)](//wwwimg.victorops.com/2015/02/PatrickDebois.jpg)Patrick Debois Father of the term "DevOps", founder of first DevOpsDays event and organizing body. Senior JAVA/Unix Web consultant/architect/project manager

Stay tuned and join me in learning more about what these folks are up to this year!