My top picks from JeffConf Hamburg 2018

All the videos from JeffConf Hamburg is now available on YouTube. You can also find slides and sketchnotes from the agenda page on their website.

There were a lot of good talks to pick from, but here are my top 3.

Simon Wardley : Why the Fuss about Serverless? (slides)

Admittedly I have seen various incarnations of this talk many times already but Simon keeps changing it up and honestly, there’s always more you can learn from Simon.

If you want to learn more about Simon‘s mapping technique, he is writing book on mapping, and it’s available for free on medium. Go read it here. There is also an instructor-lead online course here.

Anna Doubková : Gotchas in Serverless framework (slides)

Anna‘s talk is as practical as Simon‘s is inspirational. If you’re using the Serverless framework, then you need to watch this to see the limits you’ll likely run into in the near future. Many of these are not obvious at first sight, Anna‘s experience here can save you days of agony!

Danilo Poccia : Real-Time Serverless Back Ends with GraphQL (slides)

GraphQL is a pretty hot topic these days. AWS announced AppSync at re:invent 2017 and it makes building GraphQL APIs with Lambda even easier.

Siddharth Gupta wrote a very detailed article on building GraphQL APIs with AppSync and Lambda, it’s worth a read.

Honourable Mentions

Like I said, there were many good talks to pick from and I couldn’t include everything on here. Here are a few other talks that I really enjoyed:

Gillian Armstrong : conversational AI and serverless (slides)

Oliver Zeigermann : Serverless Machine learning (slides)

Lars Trieloff : Putting the F in FaaS: Functional composition in a Serverless World (slides)

I also gave a shorter version of my talk “Serverless in production, an experience report” at JeffConf, and here are the recording and slides for that.

Liked this article? Support me on Patreon and get direct help from me via a private Slack channel or 1-2-1 mentoring.
Subscribe to my newsletter


Hi, I’m Yan. I’m an AWS Serverless Hero and the author of Production-Ready Serverless.

I specialise in rapidly transitioning teams to serverless and building production-ready services on AWS.

Are you struggling with serverless or need guidance on best practices? Do you want someone to review your architecture and help you avoid costly mistakes down the line? Whatever the case, I’m here to help.

Hire me.


Check out my new course, Complete Guide to AWS Step Functions. In this course, we’ll cover everything you need to know to use AWS Step Functions service effectively. Including basic concepts, HTTP and event triggers, activities, callbacks, nested workflows, design patterns and best practices.

Get Your Copy


Come learn about operational BEST PRACTICES for AWS Lambda: CI/CD, testing & debugging functions locally, logging, monitoring, distributed tracing, canary deployments, config management, authentication & authorization, VPC, security, error handling, and more.

You can also get 40% off the face price with the code ytcui.

Get Your Copy