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DevOpsDays Zürich

Daiany Palacios

03 - 04 May 2023 | Alte Kaserne Winterthur

IT Product Lead Customer Care & Verticals @ Kuehne + Nagel

I work at Kuehne + Nagel for the Customer Care & Verticals Product Group in Hamburg. Originally from Venezuela, I joined the company in 2011 and have had different roles so far. Today I can better be defined as an IT specialist with a broad range of experience: starting as a software developer, I've been business analyst, agile facilitator, conference speaker and devops engineer. I am a lifelong learner, convinced that if you try hard, you can get good at anything. I like challenges and I face them with energy and courage. I am passionate about continuous improvement & exchanging experiences with the tech community.

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Full-stack DevOps engineers: a myth?

About a year ago I was faced with the task of building a team from scratch, to rebuild and redesign an old application into a new one, more modern and flexible to include a lot of new requirements. Counting with enough budget I started by proposing a usual setup: a system analyst (requirements engineer), a few full-stack, a tester and a DevOps engineer. However, the budget available at the end was allowing me to hire only 3 new employees. I went for the following setup: one system analyst and two full-stack DevOps engineers.
“Full-stack DevOps engineer”, is that even possible?
Well, I guess my colleagues would probably disagree to be called like that, though at the end that pretty much covers what they are effectively doing in the team now.
In this ignite talk I want to share some thoughts to further sparkle an opinion exchange with the audience about the scope of these two roles “Full-stack vs. DevOps”. Based on my experience, I will put the focus on the actual minimum skillset necessary to develop and maintain a system when the “usual” role-specific constellation in a team is simply not possible. What to search for in possible candidates? What to keep in mind and how a team dynamic could look like, in order to succeed.

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