Hacking the DevOps Talent Pipeline

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The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University constantly struggles to produce enough students to fulfill companies' recruiting demands. As part of our recent transition into the school of computer science at OSU, we've started a DevOps training program. We're teaching open source systems administration and software development skills to all interested students, regardless of experience level. This talk will discuss what we've done, our results, and what you can learn from our experiences.

Description

The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University hasn’t been able to produce enough students to fulfill companies’ recruiting demands. As part of our recent transition from network services to being part of the school of electrical engineering and computer science, we’ve started a DevOps training program for all interested students. This talk will discuss how we did it and what you can learn from our experiences.

The program, called DevOps Bootcamp, has been founded and primarily organized by student employees of the OSL, under the supervision of fulltime developers and systems administrators. Its content and format were inspired by the Portland State University Computer Action Team’s brain dump training program, but customized to be appropriate for less experienced students as an extracurricular activity.

Tags

devops, teaching, training, university, students, Open Source, oregon state, osuosl, open source lab

Speaking experience

Emily is the president of the OSU Linux Users Group and frequently presents at its meetings, and is also the founder of DevOps Bootcamp and a veteran participant at OSU's Beaver BarCamp unconference. The videos from DevOps Bootcamp are available on the OSL's youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/OSUOpenSourceLab. Emily will be presenting about lessons from DevOps Bootcamp at Linux Fest Northwest in April 2014 (slides will be available after the presentation).

Dean is the Public Relations Officer of the OSU LUG, and has taught introductory web development both at LUG and for Bootcamp.

Speakers

  • Biography

    Emily is a fourth-year Computer Science student at Oregon State University. She’s president of the OSU Linux Users Group, founder of the DevOps Bootcamp program for training students and community members in open source coding and systems administration skills, and a part-time systems engineer at the OSU Open Source Lab. In the past, she’s been a teaching assistant for introductory CS courses, a software developer at the OSL, an intern at Intel, and the captain of a robotics team.

  • Biography

    I am a Junior at Oregon State University, and a developer at the OSU Open Source Lab.