"Don't You Know Who I Am?!" The Danger of Celebrity in Tech

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Friday, November 03, 2017 - 11:45 am12:30 pm

Corey Quinn, Last Week in AWS

Abstract: 

Thought Leaders. DevOps Heroes. Public Speakers. We listen to them as they talk about their solutions, their approaches, and their inevitable triumphs. But are we starting down a dark path, as we forget that 'what makes a great talk' and 'what makes sense for your environment' may not be the same thing? In this entertaining and slightly irreverent talk, the speaker discusses the dangers of taking others' experiences as a source of absolute truth. A discussion of how the innovative and clever solutions that headline various conference talks may very well not apply to your environment will ensue, including but not limited to:

  • Matching business requirements to what technologies can deliver
  • The trap of feeling like you're falling behind if you're not doing what the "bleeding edge" companies are
  • At least one story of how following this approach went hilariously wrong

Corey Quinn, Last Week in AWS

Principal at The Quinn Advisory Group, Corey has a history as an engineering manager, public speaker, and advocate for cloud strategies which speak to company culture. He specializes in helping companies control and cost optimize their AWS cloud footprint without disrupting the engineers using it.

Outside of his professional work, Corey is known for overdressing, telling entertaining stories, and carrying a cigarette case full of drink umbrellas.

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BibTeX
@conference {207233,
author = {Corey Quinn},
title = {"Don{\textquoteright}t You Know Who I Am?!" The Danger of Celebrity in Tech},
year = {2017},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = oct,
}

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