DevOps Monthly Online: Policy as [versioned] Code – how to do day 2

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DevOps Monthly Online: Policy as [versioned] Code – how to do day 2

January 3, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

• 5:00 PM – Check in and hang out
• 5:05 PM – Lean Coffee Chat/Presentation
• 5:25 PM – Lean Coffee Chat/Q+A
• 5:55 PM – Wrap up, Next month
• 6:00 PM – Post-event loitering in Gather:
• 6:30 PM – Adios!

In this talk, Chris will trace back the origins of how policies are often incepted, how it can get out of hand, be slow if not impossible to update and measure compliance, and often lead us to question of **is the policy helping or hindering**. From this talk you’ll learn how to use a software development pattern and product ways of thinking towards how your organization can manage policy; achieve continual updates to policy allowing the risk mitigations to move as fast as the risk does, not get in the way and be easy to measure compliance.

Key take aways: – Policy often causes more harm than good, is slow to update, exemptions are harder still to manage, measuring compliance at scale is near on impossible. – Throwing some curly braces at a problem is not the solution. Policy if it is articulated as code, needs to embrace all the best practices of code. – Purposeless policy is potentially practically pointless. (now say it 5 times quickly)

**Speaker:** Chris Nesbitt-Smith

A developer at heart with a passion for testing, while still active in the open source community. Chris has worked extensively in critical national infrastructure where “matters of life or death” is not just a flippant throwaway comment. Chris provides training and consulting to many UK & US Government departments, large multinational private sector enterprises, and large charities. Through all of this Chris has seen a lot of organizational and technical disfunction (not all of his own making) and in inefficiencies, and wants to join him in fixing them.

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