If you think those complex conspiracies are for real: join an IT project and see even the simplest plans fail.
Don't be afraid to step up and talk to a speaker at a conference! They enjoy discussions. By far not enough people use these opportunities.
OH "Cthulhu is popular among IT professionals because insanity and human sacrifice are part of every great IT project."
Nowadays it seems DevOps is not about Dev and Ops together. It's more like a job title for Ops.