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Minneapolis/St. Paul 09.27.16
Target Field
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Move past the jargon.
See how DevOps plays into incident management and resolution.

Join well known industry thought leaders and experts from local Minneapolis/St. Paul companies for a 1/2 day event focused on the latest and greatest in DevOps practices.

Attendees of the DevOps Roadtrip will:

  • Hear real-life DevOps implementation stories from local companies
  • Discover the trends that industry analysts are uncovering when it comes to DevOps, and see how your team stacks up
  • Network with others searching to implement real-time incident management best practices
  • Ask questions during an interactive Q&A session
  • Receive real suggestions to take back to your team & advice on how to get started
  • Get a rad t-shirt

Who should attend:

  • Systems/Database/Network Administrator, Developer, QA, Programmer, Engineer Tech Support
  • Project/Product/Operations Manager or Director, Tech lead, Team Lead, Architect
  • EVP, VP, CEO, CTO, Founder
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Opening and Welcome
Expert Panel + Q&A
Breakout Sessions

  • Monitoring Microservices
  • Why + How ChatOps?
  • Leveraging Data to Establish a Healthy Culture
  • Finding Signal in the Noise
  • Blameless Culture 
Keynote Presentation

  • Heather Mickman
Happy Hour & Raffle

  • Metropolitan Club, Visitor’s Dugout & Warning Track


Heather Mickman Target
Senior Director of Platform Engineering

Heather Mickman is the Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Target and a DevOps enthusiast. Heather has 20+ years of IT experience in various roles and industries including retail, transportation, and high tech manufacturing. She is currently working on building the platforms used by software engineers at Target including a multi-provider cloud platform, API Gateway, telemetry tooling, data stores, and messaging. Throughout her career, Heather has continuously embraced hard technology challenges from consulting large Fortune 50 companies on Supply Chain approach, implementing warehouse automation technologies, running large Ops organizations, and building enterprise API programs. She has a passion for technology, building high performing teams, driving a culture of innovation, and having fun along the way. Heather lives in Minneapolis with her 2 sons and mini dachshund.

Jason Hand VictorOps
DevOps Evangelist

Pulling from 15 years of experience as a developer, a system administrator, and a support specialist. He is fully emerged into the world of Agile development and the DevOps movement through his work with several tech startups in Boulder.

Jason is an avid outdoorsmen and adrenaline junky. Lover of fun. Hater of being on-call. Working to make it suck less.

Bridget Kromhout Cloud Foundry
Principal Technologist

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years as an operations engineer (most recently at DramaFever), she traded in oncall for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organize tech meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organizer for devopsdays. She podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

Ben Overmyer Minneapolis Star Tribune
Digital Manager, Operations

Ben Overmyer is the Digital Manager of Operations at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has over a decade of experience as a back end software engineer, two years of experience as a dedicated operations engineer, and great enthusiasm for the DevOps culture. Besides the Star Tribune, he’s worked for an eclectic mix of organizations, including the USGS, a game company in New Zealand, and a beauty products marketing company. When not hacking on servers, apps, or people, he acts as art director and author for a tabletop gaming company.

Andy Domeier SPS Commerce
Director - System Operations

Andy has been in Technology Operations leadership with SPS Commerce for the past 11 years. SPS grows very aggressively creating an environment of crazy fun persistent growth challenges. Andy spends many mental cycles collaborating to solve effective patterns for monitoring and operating complex changing systems. Andy’s also spends time solving for priority organization and alignment and the organization of knowledge.

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Target Field
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403


When you arrive at Target field, enter through ramp A. You can find a map of directions here. Go up to Level 3 and proceed to the north end of the ramp.

Follow the open air walkway (not the enclosed skyway) at far end to the Legends Club entrance of Target Field. (When you see pillars N40, N41 and N42 on Level 3 of the garage you’re almost to the walkway) Cross the walkway and enter through the doors labeled Legends Club.