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Tuesday, September 23 • 3:10pm - 3:50pm
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Puppet Users - David Danzilio, Constant Contact

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Puppet is an incredibly powerful tool, and part of that power is its flexibility. Flexibility often leads to a wide range of ideas on implementation. I've consulted on countless Puppet implementations, and I've seen the entire spectrum, ranging from bat-shit insane to picture perfect. But even the bat-shit insane implementations worked (to a point), and at some point, what seemed bat-shit to me was picture perfect to the folks running it. As I got to understand some of the unique implementations, I started to ask myself: if there's no clear right way to implement Puppet, is there a particularly effective way?

When trying to answer this question I started by looking at the teams who got it right, and a pattern quickly emerged. All of these teams had common behaviors that went far beyond policies and procedures. These behaviors were broadly understood by team members, nearly universally adhered to, and almost second nature. These habits led to more stable, maintainable, and well understood Puppet deployments. In this talk, I'll share with you the behaviors I saw and discuss how you can turn these seemingly obvious best practices into habits amongst your team members.

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David Danzilio

Puppet Evangelist, Constant Contact
David is a Puppet Evangelist at Constant Contact in Waltham Massachusetts where he works to spread the good word of Puppet and DevOps. He has a background in IT operations for government, research, higher education, and healthcare organizations. Formerly with Sandia National Laboratories, David has consulted on several Puppet implementations of varying size and complexity and has worked with numerous teams on integrating Puppet into their... Read More →


Tuesday September 23, 2014 3:10pm - 3:50pm
Salon 13-15 Lower B2