DevOps: The Next Generation

We often talk about knocking down the silos and spreading DevOps culture at DevOpsDays, but it’s typically within the context of experienced engineers and developers. Unfortunately, the role of mentorship in DevOps and spreading DevOps culture to students and recent grads is often overlooked.

In many companies, interns are simply viewed as cheap or free labor with no regard for the intern’s education. In other organizations, interns are regarded as a time drain on staff engineers who must dedicate extra hours for training at the loss of productivity.

In this session, we’ll hear from a recent Datadog intern and a full-time staff engineer who started as an intern. We’ll discuss the challenges and rewards of starting an internship program and share some of the systems we’ve used to help interns learn the most while at the same time benefiting the company. We’ll also discuss how mentoring will shape the future of DevOps and your own organization.

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Jason Yee

Jason Yee is a technical evangelist at Datadog, where he works to inspire developers and ops engineers with the power of metrics and monitoring. Previously, he was the community manager for DevOps ...rachel-lo

Rachel Lo

Rachel Lo is a student at the University of Waterloo. She spent a term as an intern at Datadog working primarily on integrations for the Application Performance Management feature and has previously interned at PagerDuty.elijah-andrews

Elijah Andrews

Elijah Andrews is a software engineer on Datadog’s metrics intake team where he helps write the systems that allow Datadog to ingest trillions of data points per day. He’s also a graduate of the ...