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FutureTalk with Gene Kim

Post # 3156 by Beau Buck on April 17th, 2014 ~ 01:32:54 PM
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Implementing The Needed Practices In Four Practical Steps

Organizations employing DevOps practices such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy and Twitter are routinely deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day, while providing world-class availability, reliability and security. In contrast, most organizations struggle to do releases more than every nine months.

The authors of the upcoming “DevOps Cookbook” have been studying high performing organizations since 1999, and we capture and codify how these high-performing organizations achieve this fast flow of work through Product Management and Development, through QA and Infosec, and into IT Operations. By doing so, other organizations can now replicate the extraordinary culture and outcomes enabling their organization to scale and win in the marketplace.

The goal of the DevOps Cookbook is to help accelerate DevOps adoption, increase the success of DevOps initiatives, and lower the activation energy required for DevOps transformations to start and finish.

This is the 6th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Networking begins at 5:30, with free food and drinks. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please join and RSVP via our new Meetup group HERE

Gene is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written three books, including “The Visible Ops Handbook” and “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win.” Gene is a huge fan of IT operations, and how

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466020

See us next month! Portland’s Techno-Activism 3rd Monday

Post # 3155 by Beau Buck on April 17th, 2014 ~ 01:32:54 PM
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Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250465973

Science Behind the Scenes: Oregon Zoo

Post # 3154 by Beau Buck on April 17th, 2014 ~ 01:32:53 PM
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The zoo after hours is a lively place! Get a backstage tour of the Oregon Zoo in Portland on the evening of Saturday, April 19, 2014. This adults-only event will allow you to explore the exhibits, interact with animals, and get a peek at what happens at the zoo after dark.

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014
- Saturday at 4:45pm: Arrive at Gate E in the Oregon Zoo parking lot
- Event ends at 10:00 pm

Cost: $40 – Register online

What you get:
- Access to the Oregon Zoo after hours
- Hospital behind-the-scenes tour
- Animal kitchen tour
- Predators of the Serengeti Exhibit Design tour
- Big cats tour and/or elephant tour (there were just lions born so the big cats area may be off limits, but the baby elephant is old enough to have that area back on the schedule)
- Bats activity
- Contact experience with reptiles

General Info:
- Adults only, ages 21 and over please.
- EAT DINNER BEFORE YOU ARRIVE! There will be a small snack with hot cocoa partway through the evening, but there will be no dinner served.
- There is no smoking or alcohol allowed anywhere on the Oregon Zoo property.
- There is limited availability for this trip with a maximum of 75 people.
- Transportation to or from the Oregon Zoo is not included.

Payment Information:
Payment of $40 per person is due upon registration, first come, first served. Registration and payment can be made online through Constant Contact, or

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250465967

Designing Effective Experiences for Financial Services

Post # 3153 by Beau Buck on April 17th, 2014 ~ 01:32:52 PM
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In my last article, I talked about some of the reasons people have difficulty making good financial decisions. UX professionals who work in the financial services domain know it’s a challenge to design for successful financial decision-making on the part of their users.

Traditionally, these challenges have been addressed by trying to improve the presentation and delivery of information—by trying to help people better understand their options and the risks of not saving; by helping them learn to become better investors and savers. But as I mentioned in my first article, this approach has not offered the kind of breakthrough success rates that are needed.

In that article, I outlined a number of reasons that make it difficult for people to give up money they could spend today in order to save it for the future: