Along with sunny skies and fresh blooms, April will see DevOps Days returning to the heart of Downtown Seattle for the fourth consecutive year.

This worldwide, community-based technical conference series has been organized by local volunteers since 2009. Seattle’s conference will feature two days of jam-packed info, curated talks and self-organized conversations spanning April 23-24. Here’s a glimpse into this year’s program, with 7 topics you won’t want to miss at this year’s DevOps Days Seattle.

1. Mental Health Studies in DevOps

April 23, 11:30 – 12:00

Mental health isn’t a highly discussed topic in the tech world, but if you’re pushing past the point of extreme, it’s suddenly all that matters. Feeling stressed? Don’t wait till burnout to fix it.  If you’re less than enthused with your daily work, this talk will teach you how to watch for early warning signs, rediscover your joy and experience continued fulfillment in your work. Speaking on this topic will be Karthik Gaekwad, Oracle Cloud principal engineer.

2. Observability for Developers: How to Get From Here to There

April 23, 13:10 – 13:40

Ready to bridge the gap between development and production? Stuck in a mountain of unstructured text logs? There’s a better way. Learn how to finally get development on par with production with solid observability practices and well-honed graphs. Get actionable next steps in this talk from Christine Yen, Cofounder/CPO of Honeycomb.io.

3. Be The Mentor My Dog Thinks You Are

April 24, 13:40 – 14:15

Ready to give back, but unsure if you have what it takes? Being a great mentor has nothing to do with age or where you are in your career. Rather, it’s all about connecting and growing the relationship. The world’s future engineers can learn a great deal from your experiences (and mistakes). Here’s how to lend a helping hand early and often with Stephanie Hippo, site reliability engineer for Google.

4. Moving Healthcare.gov to DevOps

April 24, 13:40 – 14:15

Hear the story behind the failure-turned-success of healthcare.gov. (Hint: the change happened when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started to embrace DevOps). Listen in as Sam King speaks from his experience as a software engineer on the healthcare.gov fix-it team.

5. The Consequences of Personification

April 24, 13:40 – 14:15

As humans, we have an endless desire to humanize technology due to our innate need for social connection. But the result often has the opposite effect. Explore what happens when we humanize technology and de-humanize people with speaker Dawn Parzych.

6. Women’s Essential Friendships for Success – And How to be One of Those

April 24, 13:40 – 14:15

A woman working in the tech world will encounter many challenges. Interestingly, though, that same woman can drastically boost her chance of success by building strong friendships with men. Here’s how, with director of engineering for Gravity Payments Jen Peck.

7. What Not to Automate

April 24, 16:20 – 16:50

Is it ever wrong to automate? Before automatically automating everything, it’s important to examine a number of factors, ranging from economics to business to ethics. Lucy Wyman, software engineer for Puppet, will discuss: how to differentiate which tasks require human consideration, the ethical considerations of automating particular tasks, the return on investment of time to automate, what to do when automation goes wrong and more.

See you there?

We hope you have a great time at the conference, we know we’re going to have a blast. Want to share your thoughts or insights on the upcoming sessions? Send us your comment or tweet at us @overopshq.

Nick heads up events at OverOps, so you’ll probably see him on the road at conferences, meetups & summits throughout the year. If you do, be sure to say hi! When he’s home in SF, Nick likes to hike, cook, and play board games with friends.