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Laura Santamaria

Laura Santamaria

Developer Advocate

Session Name: Cultural Confusion: Bridging the gap between initiative and implementation

When talking about a “DevOps transformation,” we talk a lot about changing the company culture. However, what do we mean when we say “culture”? The term itself may seem clear from a high level, but it gets fuzzier and fuzzier the more we attempt to drill down and focus. What might be clear to someone in a leadership position when they talk about changing company culture gets unfocused and confusing as implementation begins further down the chain. As a result of this fuzziness, these transformations can fail to materialize or fail to persist after the initial focus by leadership. Handling that fuzziness throughout the organization is crucial to building a DevOps mindset that sticks. Let’s explore how to find a path forward together.



Speaker Bio:

As a Developer Advocate, Laura Santamaria loves to learn and explain how things work, bridging the gaps in engineering disciplines. She is the curator for A Minute on the Mic and a cohost for The Hallway Track podcast. Apart from work, she co-hosts Austin DevOps and Cloud Austin, taught Python for Women Who Code Austin for many years, is an organizer for DevOpsDays Texas, is a program committee member for Open Source Summit, and volunteers with DevOpsDays Austin. Outside of tech, Laura runs, plays with her dogs, throws discs, and watches clouds—the real kind.